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October 13, 2020

United States
Happy 245th Birthday to the U.S. Navy!

The U.S. Navy turns 245 years-old today. On October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress commissioned two ships, each with eighty sailors, “for intercepting such transports as may be laden with warlike…

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October 12, 2020

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: October 3-9

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from October 3 to October 9, 2020.

Map of Nigeria shaded in red to reflect Nigeria Security Tracker-documented deaths per state. Borno state, the northeastern-most state, is dark red, while the rest of the country are shades of pink.

October 12, 2020

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker

The Council on Foreign Relations's Nigeria Security Tracker catalogs and maps political violence based on a weekly survey of Nigerian and international press. Ii includes violent incidents related to political, economic, and social grievances.

October 9, 2020

Israel
Screening and Discussion of "The Perfect Weapon"

Panelists discuss how cyber became the weapon of choice for nonstate actors and states alike. Directed by John Maggio and based on the book of the same name by David Sanger, The Perfect Weapon explor…

Play Soldiers sitting in front of rows of computers at the the Air Force Space Command Network Operations & Security Center

October 9, 2020

U.S. Congress
Cyber Week in Review: October 9, 2020

Clinical trials slowed by ransomware attack on software company; Big tech condemned by house lawmakers; QAnon groups and pages to be banned by Facebook; Department of Justice confiscates domains used…

A security guard walks past an Alipay logo at the office of Alipay.

October 9, 2020

Kenya
Justice, Terrorism, and Nairobi's Westgate Mall

The 2013 al-Shabab attack on Nairobi's Westgate Mall lasted four days and left sixty-seven shoppers dead, the youngest an eight-year-old child. The attack was seen as a response to Kenyan military activity in Somalia against al-Shabab that began in 2011.

A picture of several men working in the rubble of a destroyed building. A blue truck is parked with its rear doors open.

October 8, 2020

Coronavirus
Senegal Pilgrimage Tests Resistance to COVID-19

Senegal is a major center of West African Islam, and its imams, mullah, and brotherhoods are influential across the Sahel. The holy city of Touba, 120 miles east of the Senegalese capital of Dakar, is the site of a major annual pilgrimage called the Magal

Woman wearing personal protective gear performs a nasal swab on a man sitting on a hospital bed.

October 7, 2020

Europe
Academic Webinar: European Integration and Brexit

Council on Foreign Relations 10/07/2020 Academic Webinar: European Integration and Brexit With Matthias Matthijs

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October 7, 2020

Mali
Military Consolidates its Hold on Mali's Interim Government

On October 5, Mali's interim president, retired colonel Bah Ndaw, announced his cabinet. As is frequent in West Africa, it is large, with twenty-five members.

Two African men, one in military clothing, one in traditional white clothing, attend a presidential inauguration. The flag of Mali can be seen.

October 6, 2020

Coronavirus
Trump's Illness and the Demand for Medical Information

The confusion, mixed messages, and lack of candor surrounding President Donald Trump's health would surprise few Africans. But they might well be surprised by the details that have been released, such as the president's oxygen capacity or medications.

President Donald Trump, wearing a dark blue suit and blue tie, makes a fist as he leaves Walter Reed hospital. He is wearing a blue mask.