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October 22, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: Gender Inequality in South Korean Military

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 9 to October 22.

South Korean soldiers salute their country's flag in celebration of Armed Forces Day.

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 20, 2021

Drug Policy
The U.S. Fentanyl Crisis: What to Know

The United States is being flooded with fentanyl-laced fake pills, exacerbating an opioid crisis already spiraling amid the pandemic.

October 20, 2021

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: October 9–15

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from October 9 to October 15, 2021.

Map of Nigeria shaded in red to reflect Nigeria Security Tracker-documented deaths per state. Borno state, the northeastern-most state, is dark red, while the rest of the country are shades of pink. Regions of Cameroon, Chad, and Niger that have experienced Boko Haram-related violence are also shaded.

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 14, 2021

Food and Water Security
World Food Day, NATO Defense Ministers Meet, and More

World Food Day is marked amid a rise in global food insecurity, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) defense ministers convene in Brussels, and a Libya in turmoil notes the tenth anniversary of …

Podcast Farmers prepare to transport farm produce from their farm to the market after relocating to a smaller farm at Northbank, Benue State, Nigeria, on August 12, 2021, due to attacks on farmers in Nigeria.

October 13, 2021

Asia
The Quad, AUKUS, and India’s Dilemmas

The partnership India has forged with the United States, Australia, and Japan appears to be gaining momentum, but some challenges remain.

Modi waves while standing in front of a poster of Biden, Suga, and Morrison.

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

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: October 2–8

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from October 2 to October 8, 2021.

October 7, 2021

Taiwan
The Evolving Military Balance in the Taiwan Strait

Panelists discuss the risk of an armed conflict between the United States and China over Taiwan and how the United States should adapt its defense strategy to meet the China challenge.

Play Military helicopters carrying tremendous Taiwan flags conduct a flyby rehearsal ahead of National Day celebration, near Taipei 101 , amid escalating tensions between Taipei and Beijing, China, in Taipei, Taiwan 7 October 2021.