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February 27, 2013

Defense and Security
Panetta Goodbye Leon Panetta’s Legacy

On August 4, 2011, six weeks into his tenure as secretary of defense, Leon Panetta gave his first press briefing at the Pentagon. After briefly commenting on the impressive civilian and military lead…

June 12, 2018

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
A family watches as a burial team lowers their loved one into a grave at a U.S.-built cemetery in Disco Hill, Liberia. The Ebola Virus

Endemic to the African tropics, the Ebola virus has killed thousands in recent years, putting the World Health Organization and major donor countries in the limelight as they’ve grappled with how to …

June 8, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
Omayma al Hushan, 14, who launched an initiative against child marriage among Syrian refugees, speaks at a school in Al Zaatari refugee camp. A Decrease in Child Marriage is Good for Everyone

New data from UNICEF indicates that 25 million child marriages were averted over the last decade, proving that child marriage is not an intractable problem. Despite good news, progress has been uneve…

May 25, 2018

Cape Verde
Africa-Migrants-Sea-Refugee West African Migrants Arrive in Brazil After Weeks Adrift at Sea

A group of twenty-five African migrants attempted to sail in a catamaran from the West African archipelago of Cape Verde to northeastern Brazil, a distance of less than two thousand miles.

April 12, 2018

Digital Policy
Zuck Cyber Week in Review: April 13, 2018

This week: Mark Zuckerberg testifies before Congress, internet connections severed in West Africa, and Germany and the United Kingdom call out Russian cyber operations. 

April 11, 2018

West Africa
Nigeria-ECOWAS-Buhari-Headquarters-Abuja China to Build New ECOWAS Headquarters in Abuja

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and China have signed a memorandum of understanding in which Beijing will fund and build a new ECOWAS headquarters building in Abuja, Nigeria.

March 28, 2018

International Law
U.S. Ambassador to the UN John Bolton speaks at the UN headquarters in New York on November 11, 2006. The International Criminal Court and the Trump Administration

With John Bolton as national security advisor, both the United States and the International Criminal Court should take steps to avoid a collision. 

March 15, 2018

Russia
UK Skripal Poisoning Crime Scene Are Cold War Spy-Craft Norms Fading?

The poisoning of former double agent Sergei V. Skripal in the UK indicates that Russia may have abandoned some unspoken rules of espionage. CIA veteran Jack Devine examines the history and current state of spy-craft.

October 9, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Sierra Leone's opposition party All People?s Congress supporters mingle outside their party headquarters in Freetown 26/07/2007. Avoiding Political Violence in Sierra Leone

This is a guest blog post by Mohamed Jallow, Program Development Specialist at IntraHealth International. He was previously a program associate at the Council on Foreign Relations. Sierra Leoneans g…

February 8, 2018

Sub-Saharan Africa
Sierra-Leone-Kamajors-Vigilante-Counterinsurgency-Africa Podcast: Vigilante Groups and Countering Insurgencies in Africa

Vigilante groups usually arise in weak states with deteriorating security situations in which locals feel compelled to take their security into their own hands. The state will often try to co-opt these militias, who are afforded a level of legitimacy in their communities that the military is not, at least initially, and thus have a distinct advantage in counterinsurgency operations.