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May 11, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
How to Create a Breakthrough in the Fight Against Modern Slavery? Invest in the Economic Agency of Women and Girls

This post is part of the Council on Foreign Relations’ blog series on human trafficking, in which CFR fellows and other leading experts assess new approaches to improve U.S. and global efforts to cur…

Iraqi women prepare food in kitchen run by Mahiya Yousef, who created her business in order to help unemployed women in Mosul.

May 11, 2021

Digital Policy
How the Dictator’s Digital Dilemma Constrains Leaders’ Choices

An excerpt from Steven Feldstein's new book: The Rise of Digital Repression: How Technology Is Reshaping Power, Politics, and Resistance.

China's President Xi Jinping claps after his speech.

May 11, 2021

Mali
French Journalist Kidnapped in the Sahel

In April, Olivier Dubois, an experienced French journalist, was kidnapped in Gao, a Malian city on the Niger River. Though his disappearance was soon known by the Malian and French authorities, and by the non-governmental organization Reporters Without Borders, nobody went public with the crime, ostensibly to facilitate the victim's quick release.

A man watches a video on a tablet showing a French journalist in captivity making a plea for his release.

May 10, 2021

Cybersecurity
The TSA Should Regulate Pipeline Cybersecurity

It is time for the federal government to exercise its existing authority to regulate the cybersecurity of pipelines.

Oil refinery and pipeline.

May 10, 2021

Cybersecurity
The Underbelly of Ransomware Attacks: Local Governments

Local governments are under siege by ransomware. A new set of recommendations released by the Institute for Security + Technology’s Ransomware Task Force seeks to address the problem.

Computer network equipment is seen in a server room.

May 7, 2021

Human Trafficking
Spotlight on Brazil: What Works to Address Modern Slavery

This post is part of the Council on Foreign Relations’ blog series on human trafficking, in which CFR fellows and other leading experts assess new approaches to improve U.S. and global efforts to cur…

Guy Ryder, director-general of the International Labor Organization, talks to Manoel Dias, former Brazilian minister of labor, at the Third Global Conference on Child Labor in Brazil.

May 7, 2021

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: May 7, 2021

UK watchdog opposes ban on police use of facial recognition; India excludes Huawei and ZTE from 5G trials; Belgian government suffers distributed denial of service attack; Facebook oversight committe…

New York State Attorney General, Letitia James, speaks during a news conference.

May 7, 2021

Ethiopia
In Ethiopia, Peace Requires Domestic Reconciliation

Ethiopia has the world’s attention. The United Nations Security Council finally found its voice to call for improved humanitarian access and express concern over reports of sexual violence in Tigray…

A bus carrying displaced people arrives at the Tsehaye primary school, which was turned into a temporary shelter for people displaced by conflict, in the town of Shire, Tigray region, Ethiopia, March 14, 2021.

May 6, 2021

Southeast Asia
Myanmar's Spiraling Humanitarian Crisis

The situation on the ground in Myanmar has continued to deteriorate since the military coup on February 1. Violent clashes have broken out through the country, and the Myanmar military and security f…

A wounded person who is fleeing the violence in Myanmar lies on a stretcher to receive medical treatment at the Thai border village of Mae Sam Laep, Mae Hong Son province, Thailand, on March 30, 2021.

May 6, 2021

Nigeria
Nigeria: Anxiety Over Deteriorating Security Morphing Into Panic

Longtime political heavyweight Bukola Saraki—former governor of Kwara State, former president of the senate, and former chairman of the National Assembly—and Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka have urged President Muhammadu Buhari to seek outside assistance. Senior Advocate of Nigeria Robert Clarke at a Sunday, May 2 Channels Television news show questioned whether Nigeria would survive another six months.

A man sits on the ground in front of a sign that says "We rise now or we all die in Southern Kaduna." Another sign says "The government has failed us."