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November 8, 2018

Cameroon
Cameroon's Future Looks Grim as Biya Begins Another Term

On November 4, two days before Biya’s inauguration, seventy-eight students, the principal, and two staff members were kidnapped from a Presbyterian school near Bamenda, in the Anglophone part of the country. On November 7, officials reported that the seventy-eight students were freed the day before, as was a staff member. As of November 8, the principal, a teacher, and perhaps more children, were still in captivity.

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October 19, 2018

Cameroon
Cameroon's Future Uncertain Despite Biya's Impending Election Victory

As Cameroon-watchers await the official results of this month’s elections, the outcome is highly predictable—victories for the ruling Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement (CPDM) and for the long-serving incumbent president, eighty-five-year-old Paul Biya. But the country’s future is utterly uncertain.

Cameroonian President Paul Biya casts his ballot while his wife Chantal watches during the presidential election in Yaounde, Cameroon October 7, 2018.

July 19, 2018

Cameroon
President Biya of Cameroon Seeking Reelection Amid Controversy

Biya, at eighty-five years old, is seeking a seventh consecutive term that would extend his thirty-six-year rule as Cameroon's president until 2025.

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June 13, 2019

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
The Ebola Virus

Endemic to the African tropics, the Ebola virus has killed thousands in recent years, putting the World Health Organization and major donor countries in the limelight as they’ve grappled with how to …

A health-care worker stands next to a cross during the funeral of a person suspected of dying of Ebola in Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo.

June 10, 2019

North Korea
Defense in Support of Diplomacy: Re-designing the ROK-U.S. Deterrence Posture

The South Korea-U.S. alliance should guard against the erosion of defense capabilities, address constraints on its current military posture, and innovate its approach to security cooperation and dete…

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May 23, 2019

United States
Trump's next Fed nominee wants a gold standard. It's an idea past its time.

In January 1986, Ronald Reagan marched into a meeting of his economic advisory board and let off steam about inflation. “I used to pay $50 for a suit,” he fumed. “Now $50 will hardly get it cleaned.”…

May 7, 2019

International Law
Four Challenges for International Law and Cyberspace: Sartre, Baby Carriages, Horses, and Simon & Garfunkel Part 2

For years states and scholars have struggled with questions of when and how international law applies to cyberspace. The final post in the two-part series will provide imagery to help grapple with th…

Members of the United Nations Security Council at the United Nations headquarters in New York, U.S., February 24, 2018.

May 2, 2019

International Law
Four Challenges for International Law and Cyberspace: Sartre, Baby Carriages, Horses, and Simon & Garfunkel Part 1

For years states and scholars have struggled with questions of when and how international law applies to cyberspace. A series of two posts will provide a map to help grapple with some of the most sig…

Members of the United Nations Security Council at the United Nations headquarters in New York, U.S., February 24, 2018.

April 29, 2019

Sub-Saharan Africa
Africa’s ‘Leaders for Life’

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to many of the world’s longest-ruling heads of state, but civil society and regional blocs may be slowing the trend of extending presidential terms in some areas.

A taxi passes an electoral poster for Cameroonian President Paul Biya in a market in Yaounde.

April 24, 2019

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
Laying Down the LAWS: Strategizing Autonomous Weapons Governance

Working toward a definition of lethal autonomous weapons systems contributes to the creation of norms, even in the absence of binding legal instruments. 

Activists from the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots stage a protest at Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, on March, 21, 2019.