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May 1, 2020

Iraq
Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Iraq’s Pledge to Cut Oil Production

Iraq faces an uphill battle in meeting its obligations to the historic production cut agreement reached by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and other major producers such as R…

A worker wears a protective mask, following an outbreak of coronavirus, at Nahr Bin Umar oil field, north of Basra, Iraq March 15, 2020.

December 4, 2020

Nigeria
Delegitimizing Armed Agitations in the Niger Delta

Militant groups under the platform of MEND unleashed coordinated attacks on Nigeria’s oil and gas infrastructure from 2006 to 2009. The pace of attacks fell after President Umaru Yar’Adua established an Amnesty Program that ostensibly included disarmament

A man is seen walking by a massive flame, the result of gas flaring in the Niger Delta.

December 4, 2020

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: The Looming Iran Crisis

Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: Iran will likely provide an early test for Biden and his national security team.

The Iranian flag flies in front of a nuclear power plant.

December 4, 2020

Americas
Biden Can’t Pick Up in Latin America Where Obama Left Off

Four years of malign U.S. neglect and continental upheaval will require a rethink of U.S. policy.

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden delivers a pre-Thanksgiving speech at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 25, 2020.

December 2, 2020

Cybersecurity
President Trump’s Legacy on Cyberspace Policy

President Trump’s legacy on cyberspace policy has been consequential but not transformative, an unsurprising outcome for a one-term president.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters.

December 1, 2020

Wars and Conflict
Violence Against Women Deserves More Than a 16 Day International Campaign

Every year, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign brings attention to the systemic violence experienced by women and girls all over the world - but these commitments must go …

Syrian children playing on the road. Istanbul, Turkey. Image by Rostyslav Savchyn, 2019.

November 25, 2020

Health
Automating Mental Health: The Global Promise and Peril

The use of algorithmic and data-driven technology in mental health care has expanded rapidly, posing new challenges for public governance. 

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks during a news conference at U.N. headquarters.

November 20, 2020

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: Should Lame-Duck Presidents Make Major Foreign Policy Decisions?

Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: Donald Trump is using all the powers of his presidency and creating a host of problem…

President Donald Trump stands looking up in front of a U.S. flag.

November 20, 2020

Trade
Cyber Week in Review: November 20, 2020

Asia forms RCEP trade bloc; U.S. military buys location data originating from apps; Huawei to sell honor business; CISA Director Chris Krebs fired; and Canada calls out China, Russia, Iran and North …

President of Huawei's Honor brand, George Zhao, launches the Honor 20 range of smartphones.

November 19, 2020

Nigeria
Nigerian Security Forces and the Dangers of a Violence-First Approach

On October 20, 2020, Nigerians watched in horror on social media as men suspected to be members of the military opened fire on peaceful #EndSARS protesters—a movement responding to a litany of abuses by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

A pair of military officers are seen walking towards a group of young men on the street in Nigeria. One man has both arms raised.