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September 6, 2019

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
Plagues and the Paradox of Progress

For the first time in recorded history, viruses, bacteria, and other infectious diseases are not the leading cause of death or disability in any region of the world. People are living longer. And yet, the news is not all good. Recent reductions in infectious disease have not been accompanied by the same improvements in income, job opportunities, and governance. There have also been unintended consequences. In this book, Thomas Bollyky explores the paradox in our fight against infectious disease: the world is getting healthier in ways that should make us worry.

September 2, 2019

China
The Third Revolution

Elizabeth Economy’s The Third Revolution: Xi Jinping and the New Chinese State argues that the intersection of Xi Jinping’s dual-reform trajectories—a more authoritarian and controlling system at home and a more ambitious and activist foreign policy abroad—provides Beijing with new levers of influence and power that the United States and others must learn to exploit and counter in order to protect and advance their own interests.

July 16, 2019

Cybersecurity
The Fifth Domain

An urgent new warning from two bestselling security experts—and a gripping inside look at how governments, firms, and ordinary citizens can confront and contain the tyrants, hackers, and criminals bent on turning the digital realm into a war zone.

July 15, 2019

Women and Women's Rights
Abortion Law: Global Comparisons

A recent spate of state laws to restrict abortion services in the United States has reignited debate over the procedure. How does the United States’ regulation of abortion compare to the rest of the …

July 15, 2019

Renewable Energy
A New Dawn for Wind Energy Infrastructure After the Production Tax Credit Sunset

This is a guest post by Benjamin Silliman, research associate for energy and U.S. foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. The wind industry is approaching the end of its federal financ…

Power-generating windmill turbines are pictured at sunset at a wind park in Cagnicourt near Cambrai, France, May 22, 2019.

July 15, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: July 6–12

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from July 6 to 12, 2019.

Map of Nigeria shaded to reflect NST-documented deaths per state.

July 15, 2019

Cybersecurity
New Cyber Brief: Securing 5G Networks: Challenges and Recommendations

5G networks could revolutionize the digital economy, but with this opportunity come major cybersecurity challenges. A new Council on Foreign Relations Cyber Brief provides recommendations for policym…

A woman walks past a billboard reading '5G is here' on day one of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) Shanghai 2019 at the Shanghai New International Expo Center on June 26, 2019 in Shanghai, China.

July 15, 2019

Women and Women's Rights
Five Questions on #MeToo in Pakistan: Nighat Dad

In 2017, an unprecedented wave of women’s activism began to sweep the globe. Powered by technology accessible to millions of women for the first time, a new, viral movement ignited the #MeToo campaig…

Nighat Dad

July 15, 2019

Sustainable Development Goals (UN)
Taking Stock of the UN Sustainable Development Goals

This week, representatives from UN member states meet to discuss progress on six goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  

Then UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the Annual Conference of Swiss Development Cooperation in Zurich, Switzerland, on January 22, 2016.

July 15, 2019

Technology and Innovation
Securing 5G Networks

5G networks could revolutionize the digital economy, but with this opportunity come major cybersecurity challenges. U.S. policymakers need to respond using technical and regulatory measures, diplomac…

A woman walks past a billboard reading '5G is here' on day one of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) Shanghai 2019 at the Shanghai New International Expo Center on June 26, 2019 in Shanghai, China.