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January 15, 2021

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: What Can Biden Get Done?

Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: Biden faces substantial obstacles in his bid to remake U.S. foreign policy after four…

Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris sits behind President-Elect Joe Biden as he speaks at a podium labelled "Office of the President Elect."

December 8, 2020

Peacekeeping
EU Task Force Takuba in Mali

As a jihadi insurgency spreads across the Sahel, European Union countries are responding to France's call for increased troop deployments in the region. A Franco-Estonian elite unit, Task Force Takuba, has arrived in northern Mali and is based near Gao.

Two French soldiers are seen walking through an arid area in Mali. Both are wearing desert camouflage, military equipment, and assault rifles.

April 10, 2020

Nigeria
Case Not Quite Closed on the Assassination of Nigerian Salafi Scholar Shaikh Jaafar Adam

While at prayer on April 13, 2007, the prominent Salafi scholar, Shaikh Jaafar Mahmud Adam, was assassinated at his mosque in Kano. At the time, the murder made a deep impression on mainstream Muslims, many of whom revered Adam. The murder took place in the final days before the 2007 presidential elections, and many observers, including those at the U.S. embassy, thought that the murder was somehow related. But it now seems more likely that Adam was assassinated by a vengeful former member of the Nigerian Taliban. His murder was an early manifestation of the deadly battles among Boko Haram’s competing factions that continue up to the present.

A man cycles past the Al Ansar mosque in Maiduguri. Four red and white minarets are visible around a green dome topped with gold. Person-sized arches line the one-story building around the dome and minarets.

January 6, 2020

Technology and Innovation
2019: The Beginning of the End of the Open Internet Era

In the next decade, China will establish a separate root system for their share of the internet. This will mark the end of the global internet era. When the root splits, the United States and its all…

A computer network cable is seen above a Chinese flag

October 3, 2019

Food and Water Security
Down the Hunger Spiral: Pathways to the Disintegration of the Global Food System

For a precarious global agricultural system with powerful feedback loops, business as usual means widespread hunger and embedded systemic risk.

A drought-stricken field in Drenje, Croatia.

December 26, 2017

Americas
Populism Looms Over Latin America's Election Year

In 2018, nearly two out of every three Latin Americans will head to the polls to elect new leaders, and the fight against corruption will be high on their agenda. The surge to throw the bums out coul…

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador

February 24, 2017

Asia
A Lack of Oversight---Dating Back Decades

Between 1961 and 1973, in a civil war in the tiny Southeast Asian country of Laos, the Central Intelligence Agency oversaw a massive paramilitary operation. CIA operatives, working with the U.S. emba…

bin laden raid

December 15, 2016

Americas
Latin America’s Wide-Open Electoral Season

Half of the eighteen nations of Central and South America will hold presidential elections over the next two years.[1] The number of elections is not unprecedented, but the degree of uncertainty is, …

July 28, 2016 (Reuters/Guadalupe Pardo).

January 6, 2017

China
Chinese Ivory, Google in India, Philippine Jailbreak, and More

Rachel Brown, Sherry Cho, Lorand Laskai, Gabriella Meltzer, and Gabriel Walker look at five stories from Asia this week. 1. The world reacts to China’s ivory ban. Following a resolution at the Conve…

china-ivory-ban

January 26, 2015

Middle East and North Africa
Women’s Rights in Saudi Arabia After King Abdullah

The death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz raises important questions about the future of the kingdom, including issues that have ripple effects around the world such as regional relati…

A woman drives a car in October 2013 in Saudi Arabia, the only country in the world where women are barred from driving. Saudi female activists are campaigning to change this rule (Courtesy Reuters/Faisal Al Nasser).