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January 23, 2020

Myanmar
The Rohingya Crisis

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya, a Muslim ethnic minority group, have fled persecution in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, fueling a historic migration crisis.

A group of Rohingya refugees after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, September 1, 2017.

January 22, 2020

Nigeria
Boko Haram Cuts Electricity to Maiduguri in Northern Nigeria

On January 20, the electric company serving Maiduguri, capital of Borno state, publicly stated that Boko Harm attacks on transmission lines and infrastructure had cut electricity service to the city on January 17, removing Maiduguri from the national grid. The electric company had promised to restore power soon.

A Boko Haram flag flies on transmission lines in Damasak, Borno, Nigeria, on March 24, 2015.

January 22, 2020

Lebanon
What Is Hezbollah?

Military experience gained from fighting in Syria’s civil war and decades of clashes with Israel have made the Iran-backed group stronger than ever, but the biggest threat it faces may be upheaval in…

Members of Lebanon’s Shiite movement Hezbollah take part in Ashura commemorations in a southern Beirut suburb.

January 22, 2020

Taiwan
China-Taiwan Relations

Differences over Taiwan’s status fuel tensions between the island and mainland, yet cross-strait economic ties continue to deepen. 

Military honor guards lower the Taiwanese flag, at Liberty Square, in Taipei, Taiwan.

January 21, 2020

News Release
New Website Explores How Changes in Health Shape Global Trends

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) introduces Think Global Health, a multi-contributor website that examines how changes in health are reshaping economies, societies, and the everyday lives of pe…

January 21, 2020

Robots and Artificial Intelligence
We Need a Drastic Rethink on Export Controls for AI

Before export controls for AI are codified, the U.S. government needs to assess its past controls on technology and understand the challenges that AI poses to traditional export control practices. 

The hand of humanoid robot AILA (artificial intelligence lightweight android) operates a switchboard during a demonstration by the German research centre for artificial intelligence at the CeBit computer fair in Hanover

January 16, 2020

Libya
What’s at Stake in Libya’s War?

The war between Libya’s rival governments is intensifying as more countries wade into the conflict, and analysts fear that a proxy war is brewing in the North African nation.

January 17, 2020

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: January 17, 2020

National Security Agency reveals major vulnerability in Microsoft Windows 10; Senators urge $1 billion plan to loosen China’s grip on 5G; India to ease some internet restrictions in Kashmir; Federal …

Journalists use the internet as they work inside a government-run media centre in Srinagar

January 17, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: The Seventh Democratic Debate

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. This week: the Democrats debate in Des Moines, the New York Times interviews the candidates, and two new poll…

The top six Democratic presidential challengers take the stage at the January 14 debate in Des Moines, Iowa.