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September 22, 2020

Mali
Mali Update: Stand-Off

On September 21, the military junta that overthrew the Mali government of President Ibrahim Keita announced a transitional government. It is headed by retired Colonel Bah N'Daw, with junta leader Colonel Assimi Goïta as his vice president.

Malian coup leader Assimi Goita sits, in full military clothing, at a table during negotiations with ECOWAS. A red, yellow, and green flag is visible in the background.

September 18, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: How Americans See the World

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. This week: Democrats and Republicans see foreign policy very differently.

Mail-in ballots sit in a box before they are verified by election officials in 2016.

September 18, 2020

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: September 18, 2020

TikTok and WeChat drama continues to unfold; DOJ announces indictments against pro-Iran hackers; Facebook and Twitter close accounts linked to conservative youth group disinformation campaign; DOJ ch…

Deputy Attorney General Jeffery A Rosen speaks during a Justice Department's news conference to announce charges in China-related intrusion campaigns.

September 18, 2020

United States
The United States Air Force Celebrates Its 73rd Birthday Today

The United States Air Force (USAF) turns 73 years-old today. On September 18, 1947, Chief Justice Fred Vinson swore in Stuart Symington as the first secretary of the air force, officially founding a …

Air Force

September 16, 2020

Currency Reserves
Asian Intervention in the Foreign Exchange Market is Back. Bigly.

Joe Gagnon and Fred Bergsten have called the years from 2003 to 2013 the decade of manipulation, as a host of Asian countries protected their competitive position of their exporters by intervening ma…

Asian Intervention in the Foreign Exchange Market is Back. Bigly.

September 15, 2020

Nigeria
Nigeria Launches Community Policing Initiative

In the face of apparently soaring levels of crime and violence, the Nigerian government has launched a community policing initiative. Abuja has set aside N13 billion (about $35 million) to fund the launch and is recruiting some 10,000 constables.

Several police officers, dressed in blue vests with "POLICE" written on the back, run down a concrete road.

September 3, 2020

Southeast Asia
A Review of “Under Beijing’s Shadow: Southeast Asia's China Challenge” by Murray Hiebert

Hunter Marston is a PhD candidate at the Australian National University. His research focuses on great power competition in Southeast Asia. According to recent surveys of Southeast Asia, China is …

A train runs through, during the groundbreaking ceremony of the cooperation between Thailand and China on the Bangkok-Nong Khai high speed rail development in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand on December 21, 2017.

August 27, 2020

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: August 27, 2020

TikTok sues U.S. government; New Zealand stock exchange disrupted by cyberattacks since Tuesday; India to phase out Chinese equipment from telecommunications networks; and Federal agencies release ad…

A man holding a phone walks past a sign of Chinese company ByteDance's app TikTok.

August 24, 2020

Cybersecurity
New Entries in the CFR Cyber Operations Tracker: Q2 2020

An update of the Council on Foreign Relations' Cyber Operations Tracker for the period between April and June 2020.

Cyber Operations Tracker

August 24, 2020

Climate Change
California Is a Preview of Climate Change’s Devastation for the Entire World

California is setting the pace for climate change disasters. Its plight is a direct consequence of the human addiction to fossil fuels.

Fire engulfs trees on a hillside; with clouds of smoke rising from the scene