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March 30, 2021

Conflict Prevention
Major Power Rivalry in the Middle East

In a new paper, Steven A. Cook, the Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies at CFR, discusses how great power competition is altering the prospects for managing conflicts i…

The skyline of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is seen from the desert.

March 15, 2021

Cybersecurity
The Iran-Russia Cyber Agreement and U.S. Strategy in the Middle East

The new cooperation agreement between Russia and Iran on cybersecurity and information technology is likely to create new hurdles for the United States and its allies in the Middle East.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif shakes hands with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

April 12, 2021

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: April 3–9

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from April 3 to April 9, 2021.

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. Regions of Cameroon, Chad, and Niger that have experienced Boko Haram-related violence are also shaded.

April 7, 2021

Nigeria
Attacks Against Security Facilities Accelerate in Former Biafra

On April 5, gunmen attacked a prison in Owerri, Nigeria, freeing 1,844 inmates. (Owerri, the capital of Imo State, is a major trading center with more than one million residents.) On April 6, “bandits” stormed a police station in Ehime Mbano, also in Imo.

A picture of a prison with walls covered in ash and a torched car outside.

April 2, 2021

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: April 2, 2021

Russian hackers steal thousands of State Department emails; Facebook and Google plan new undersea cables in the Pacific; President Biden announces infrastructure plan; New Russian law requires domest…

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about his $2 trillion infrastructure plan.

April 1, 2021

Global
The President's Inbox Episodes by Topic

The President's Inbox (TPI) has produced more than two hundred episodes since it debuted in November 2016. The topics covered have ranged from Afghanistan to China to human rights to Russia to the ro…

Resolute desk

March 29, 2021

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: March 20–26

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from March 20 to March 26, 2021.

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. Regions of Cameroon, Chad, and Niger that have experienced Boko Haram-related violence are also shaded.

March 26, 2021

Kenya
Kenya Will Play A Vital Role in Addressing Multiple Security Challenges

Surrounded by regional turmoil and managing complicated domestic politics, the pressure is rising on Kenya, a critically important economic and security partner to the United States, to help shape a …

Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya, speaks virtually during the 75th annual UN General Assembly, which was held mostly virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, New York, United States, September 23, 2020.

March 26, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: First Woman President of Tanzania

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 covers March 13 to March 26.

Samia Suluhu Hassan, the first woman president of Tanzania, takes her oath of office following the death of her predecessor.

March 26, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
Biden-Harris Should Lead on Women’s Rights and Help End Syrian Conflict

Including the SDF-held Northeast in the UN peace talks would be a way to accomplish both.

Female YPJ fighters celebrate Newroz with civilian women in Qamishli, Syria in 2016.