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March 5, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: Women Soldiers in Saudi Arabia

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 February 22 to March 5.

Hanadi Hindi, first female pilot from Saudi Arabia, sits in the cockpit of a plane prior to takeoff in Amman, Jordan in 2003.

March 5, 2021

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: March 5, 2021

Hacktivist targets far-right platform Gab; China to suspend bitcoin mining in Inner Mongolia; Virginia adopts data privacy legislation; Moscow metro to adopt facial recognition payment system; and Yo…

An employee wearing a protective mask uses a device to take passengers' body temperature near a mosaic artwork, which depicts German philosopher Karl Marx, at an entrance to a metro station in central Moscow.

March 5, 2021

Ethiopia
As Crisis Deepens in Ethiopia, Need for Committed Diplomatic Response Grows

As crisis persists in Ethiopia, the government in Addis Ababa aims to draw clear lines for the international community, positioning itself as a cooperative partner (after months of obstruction) in addressing the humanitarian crisis in Tigray

Ethiopian refugees who fled Tigray region, sit inside a courtesy bus at the Fashaga camp as they are transferred to Um-Rakoba camp on the Sudan-Ethiopia border, in Kassala state, Sudan December 13, 2020.

March 4, 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 4, 2021

Territorial Disputes
Diplomatic Dithering Over Western Sahara Bodes Ill for Other African Disputes

On December 10, 2020, then President Donald Trump tweeted that because “Morocco recognized the United States in 1777,” the U.S. should return the favor by recognizing “[Moroccan] sovereignty over the Western Sahara.”

Then-U.S. Secretary of State James Baker, clutching a baseball cap, arrives in the Western Sahara in an attempt to broker a peace between the Polisario Front and Morocco over the disputed Western Sahara.

March 3, 2021

Nigeria
Mass Kidnapping in Nigeria Captures International Attention—Again

On February 27 "bandits" attacked the Government Girls Secondary School in Jangebe, Zamfara State and kidnapped some three hundred girls. Government reaction was predictable: search-and-rescue missions and strong statements.

A line of young girls, most without shoes and wearing blue Islamic headdress, leave a building after being released from captivity by bandits. A Nigerian policeman carrying an assault rifle is standing next to the line of girls.

March 2, 2021

Religion
Nigeria's Catholic Bishops: "The Nation is Falling Apart"

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria has issued a statement sounding the alarm over the very survival of the nation. The statement expresses concern over high-level government officials advising citizens to resort to self-defense.

A procession of Nigerian Catholic bishops and faithfuls wearing black, religious dress walk on a street to protest killings of Nigerians.

February 27, 2021

Iran
Biden Fires a Warning Shot at Iran

President Biden, after little more than a month in power, has used military force for the first time--against Iran. In my previous post here, "Biden and Iran: Two Questions," I asked what the preside…

February 26, 2021

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: February 26, 2021

Chinese spyware traced back to stolen National Security Agency exploit; Congress holds first public hearing on SolarWinds; Russian hackers target Ukrainian government document circulation system; Bid…

FireEye CEO Kevin Mandia, SolarWinds CEO Sudhakar Ramakrishna and Microsoft President Brad Smith speak with each other before the start of a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing.

February 26, 2021

Nigeria
Nigeria’s Internal Security Problem

The Nigerian minister of defense recently enjoined Nigerians to take up arms to defend themselves against marauding bandits in their communities. Nigeria has experienced devastating attacks from armed bandits for more than two years.

A blanket is seen on the ground of a school stormed by kidnappers in Nigeria.