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October 22, 2021

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: October 22, 2021

Iranian malware identified across the Middle East; the reemergence of DarkSide; the Counter-Ransomware Initiative meets; LinkedIn shuts down platform in China; Klobuchar pushes antitrust bill.

Senators Klobuchar (D-MN) and Grassley (R-IA) in a committee hearing

October 19, 2021

Cybersecurity
Why the United States Should Have Invited Russia to Join the Counter-Ransomware Initiative

The Biden administration recently hosted a ransomware summit which excluded the Russian government. The United States should have done more to involve Russia in ransomware negotiations.

Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden meet in Geneva, Switzerland.

October 18, 2021

Indonesia
Why Indonesia’s Youth Hold the Key to its Tech Sector Progress

As our recent report from Georgetown University’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET) outlines, Indonesia’s government is seeking to leverage AI to build a stronger economy and a more technologically resilient society. As the second Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) nation to publish a national AI strategy, Indonesia is pushing for rapid and comprehensive AI integration in both its public and private sectors, particularly in health services, education and research, and transportation.

Workers in an office sit at wheeled chairs, most working on laptops.

October 18, 2021

Cameroon
Cameroon Presidential Succession Looms Large in Solving Country's Political Crises

In Cameroon, an incident last week in which a gendarme shot and killed a young child in Buea—a regional capital that has been the site of clashes between anglophone separatists and federal government forces—is the most recent outrage to make international headlines. Yet every day, the country’s civil conflict inflicts a brutal toll on the population, with surprisingly little outside attention. For five years, a deepening crisis has pit anglophone separatists against federal authorities, leading to thousands of lives lost and hundreds of thousands of civilians displaced—disrupting the education of hundreds of thousands of children in the process.

Soldiers brandishing rifles sit in the back of a camouflaged pickup truck. An election advertisement board of Cameroon President Paul Biya is seen behind them alongside another billboard with an advertisement.

October 14, 2021

Philippines
Will Duterte Serve Another Term?

Duterte, or his successor, will likely continue the Philippines' democratic regression.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures as he delivers his 6th State of the Nation Address (SONA), at the House of Representatives in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, on July 26, 2021.

October 13, 2021

Latin America
EU's Top Diplomat Ignores His Staff and Insists on Observing Venezuela's Elections

EU High Representative for Foreign Policy Borrell will send an election observer mission to Venezuela despite his own staff's scathing report on conditions there and advice not do observe the phony e…

October 14, 2021

North Korea
Can U.S. And South Korean Public Opinion Align On North Korea?

U.S and South Korean polling on North Korea show strong support for denuclearization negotiations and summitry. How will growing consensus in public opinion impact U.S.-South Korea policy coordinatio…

People watch a TV broadcasting file footage of a news report on North Korea firing what appeared to be a pair of ballistic missiles off its east coast, in Seoul, South Korea, September 15, 2021.

October 13, 2021

Southeast Asia
China’s Approach to Development in Africa: A Case Study of Kenya’s Standard Gauge Railway

A closer look at Chinese Belt and Road development in East Africa.

The Kenyan (black, red, and green) and Chinese (red and yellow) national flags hang on the wall of an SGR train traveling from Nairobi to Mombasa, Kenya, on October 22, 2019.

October 12, 2021

Eswatini
Swazi Students Resist Monarchy to Continue the Fight for Democracy

The people of eSwatini have not stopped trying to chart a different course for their future. In particular, students around the country, at the university and high-school levels, have been organizing walkouts and continuing to call for a transition to democratic governance.

A close-up picture of King Mswati III of the Kingdom of eSwatini.

October 8, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: Texas Abortion Law Temporarily Blocked

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 October 2 to October 8. 

People protest the restrictive Texas abortion law in New York City during the 2021 Women's March.