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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.

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June 7, 2019

Women and Women's Rights
Human Trafficking, Conflict, and Security

The scale of human trafficking around the world is staggering, affecting populations across regional, ethnic, and religious lines. Trafficking is not simply a gross violation of dignity and human rig…

Podcast Migrants disembark a Libyan Navy boat at a base in Tripoli, Libya, after they were stopped by Libyan coast guards. Libya has become a major hub for human traffickers smuggling African migrants by boat to Italy. September 29, 2015.

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…

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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May 10, 2019

United States
A Conversation With Stacey Abrams

This is the keynote event for the 2019 Conference on Diversity in International Affairs. 

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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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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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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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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.

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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