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March 15, 2018

Russia
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.

UK Skripal Poisoning Crime Scene

November 8, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
To the Victors Go the Spoils: How Winner-Takes-All Politics Undermine Democracy in Sierra Leone

This is a guest post by Mohamed Jallow, program development specialist at IntraHealth International. He was previously a program associate at the Council on Foreign Relations. Looking at the bitterl…

Sierra Leone's President Bai Koroma's motorcade goes around the national stadium before his inauguration ceremony in Freetown 15/11/2007.

February 8, 2018

Sub-Saharan 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.

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January 17, 2018

U.S. Congress
Ed Royce, Champion of Africa in the U.S. House, Will not Run for Reelection

This is a guest blog post by Anthony Carroll. Anthony is founding director of Acorus Capital, a private equity fund investing in Africa, and a vice president of Manchester Trade Limited, an internati…

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April 4, 2019

Democratic Republic of Congo
A Conversation With Félix Tshisekedi

President Tshisekedi discusses the recent elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the future of the country in the region.

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December 27, 2017

United States
Ten American Foreign Policy Influentials Who Died in 2017

Year’s end is a time for taking stock, counting successes, and assessing failures. It is also time for remembering those who are no longer with us. Here are ten Americans who died in 2017 who through…

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March 12, 2019

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
How We Win

Farah Pandith argues for a paradigm shift in our approach to combating extremism, one that mobilizes the expertise and resources of diplomats, corporate leaders, mental health experts, social scientists, entrepreneurs, local communities, and, most of all, global youth themselves.

December 14, 2010

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
Dealing Directly with North Korea

With tensions on the Korean peninsula continuing to arouse U.S. concern, expert Leon Sigal calls for the United States and South Korea to support a peace process and political and economic engagement…

July 17, 2017

Gender
Women Around the World: This Week

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post, covering July 8 to July 17, was compiled with supp…

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July 13, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
National Security Implications of Climate Change

The United States House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology hosted a series of roundtables tackling issues on climate change. On July 12, 2017 in Washington, D.C., Ambassador John Campbell pa…

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