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May 25, 2018

Cape Verde
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.

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October 17, 2014

Conflict Prevention
What Leon Panetta’s Memoir Says About Drone Strikes

Leon Panetta, Worthy Fights (New York, NY: Penguin Press, 2014), pp. 388-391. But the singular preoccupation with drones distracts from the larger context of the struggle we are waging. Yes, the Uni…

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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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August 28, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Guest Post: Sierra Leone: Cholera Outbreak Underscores Need for Public Health Investment

This is a guest post by Mohamed Jallow, a former interdepartmental associate at the Council on Foreign Relations, and now a program development specialist at IntraHealth International. Mohamed is ori…

A cholera patient lies in a treatment centre run by Medecins Sans Frontieres on Macauley Street in Sierra Leone's capital Freetown, August 23, 2012.

April 12, 2018

Digital Policy
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. 

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April 11, 2018

West Africa
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.

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March 28, 2018

International Law
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. 

U.S. Ambassador to the UN John Bolton speaks at the UN headquarters in New York on November 11, 2006.

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

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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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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