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September 13, 2018

Sub-Saharan Africa
The Risks of Reducing U.S. Special Operations in Africa

The Pentagon plans to withdraw its special operations forces in Africa, but major cutbacks could threaten recent efforts to counter terrorism threats across the region.

Chadian soldiers take a break during Operation Flintlock, U.S.-led military exercises, in Diffa, Niger.

April 25, 2018

Mexico
The Coming Presidential Elections in Mexico: Will López Obrador maintain the Lead?

This is a guest post by Isidro Morales, a professor of the School of Government at Tecnológico de Monterrey, Santa Fe (Mexico City) campus. On Sunday April 22, the first of three presidential deba…

Leftist front-runner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) gestures while leaving the Palacio de Mineria after the first presidential debate in Mexico City, Mexico April 22, 2018.

February 22, 2018

Cybersecurity
To Build a More Capable Cyber Policy Field, Teach Policy to Technologists

Technologists love to criticize policymakers for their ignorance of how computer security actually works. Instead of criticizing from the sidelines, maybe they should get involved. 

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February 6, 2018

Olympics
The Mixed Record of Sports Diplomacy

While sports may temporarily transcend divisions in society, events like the Olympics rarely serve to advance countries’ diplomatic aims.

East Germany was a perennial powerhouse at winter games, including the 1988 Calgary games where it won gold and bronze in the women’s 1000 meters Speedskating event.

January 2, 2018

Digital Policy
Year in Review: Tech Companies Grapple with Disinformation

2017 was the year that tech companies faced a difficult reckoning over their role in spreading online disinformation.

Representatives from Twitter, Facebook and Google testify before a Senate Judiciary Crime and Terrorism Subcommitte

May 26, 2009

CFR News
Philip Pan’s "Out of Mao’s Shadow" Wins CFR’s 2009 Arthur Ross Book Award

Out of Mao’s Shadow: The Struggle for the Soul of a New China by Philip Pan, current Moscow bureau chief and former Beijing bureau chief for the Washington Post, has won the Council on Foreign Relati…

December 8, 2017

Elections and Voting
Ten Elections to Watch in 2018

Millions of people around the world voted in elections this year. The French elected Emmanuel Macron president, while South Koreans elected Moon Jae-in president. Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani won …

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October 18, 2017

Civil Liberties
Requiem for the Internet Freedom Strategy

The internet was supposed to foster freedom and democracy. It has not panned out as much as some had hoped.

Guy Fawkes Tahrir Square

September 17, 2018

Economics
World Economic Update

The World Economic Update highlights the quarter’s most important and emerging trends. Discussions cover changes in the global marketplace with special emphasis on current economic events and their i…

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August 11, 2017

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: August 11, 2017

This week: cyber in ASEAN, quantum computing in China, cybersecurity regulations in the United Kingdom, and election hacking allegations in Kenya.

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