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November 21, 2019

Nigeria
Abacha, Abiola, and Nigeria’s 1999 Transition to Civilian Rule

The 1999 transition of Nigeria from military to civilian, democratic government, is a defining moment in Nigerian history, representing the beginning of the longest, uninterrupted government since independence in 1960. But what exactly transpired during the period of transition, which began in earnest with the death of military dictator Sani Abacha in1998, is not entirely clear. Max Siollun, in a fascinating study of the period, Nigeria’s Soldiers of Fortune, has done us a service by illuminating some of the behind-the-scenes machinations of that period, and putting to bed some of the rumors that passed for history.

A supporter of Chief Mashood Abiola holds up a newpaper during a demonstration outside the family home July 10 to protest about the suspicious nature of his death.

November 21, 2019

G20 (Group of Twenty)
G20 Foreign Ministers Convene, Hong Kong Protests Continue, and More

Group of Twenty foreign ministers convene in Nagoya, Japan, district council elections are held in Hong Kong amid rampant and ever-growing protests, and NATO leaders hold a meeting in London.

Podcast Hong Kong

November 19, 2019

Election 2020
Should the United States Rethink Its Russia Policy?

In this episode of our special Election 2020 series of The President’s Inbox, Rajan Menon and Ambassador Stephen Sestanovich join host James M. Lindsay to discuss past and current U.S. policy toward …

Podcast Russia

November 14, 2019

Russia
Sergei Magnitsky Is Remembered, SecDef Esper Travels to South Korea, and More

Russia’s Sergei Magnitsky is remembered ten years after his death, U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper travels to Southeast Asia, and the fifth Democratic presidential debate is held in Atlanta.

Podcast Russia

November 12, 2019

United States
TWNW Presents: Why It Matters

The first episode of CFR's new podcast, Why it Matters, takes a look at nuclear launch authority in the United States.

Podcast Launch

November 12, 2019

Election 2020
Should the United States Maintain Maximum Pressure on Iran?

In this episode of our special Election 2020 series of The President’s Inbox, Robert Malley and Ray Takeyh join host James M. Lindsay to discuss U.S. policy toward Iran.

Podcast Iran

November 7, 2019

Turkey
Erdogan Visits the White House, Spain Holds Another Election, and More

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan meets with U.S. President Donald J. Trump at the White House, Spaniards hold their fourth general election in four years, and the United States continues trade …

Podcast Spain

November 6, 2019

China
China Doesn’t Want Your Trash

For years, China processed more than half of the world’s plastic recycling. Then, in 2018, it stopped. Things have gotten messy since then.

Podcast Plastic waste along a shoreline.

November 5, 2019

China
Securing Digital Supply Chains: A Conversation With Ajit Pai

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai discusses the potential for surveillance and espionage if equipment from Chinese telecommunications companies, including Huawei and ZTE, is u…

Play Pai

November 5, 2019

Election 2020
Should the United States Do Less Overseas?

In the first episode of our special Election 2020 series of The President’s Inbox, Karen Donfried and Christopher A. Preble join host James M. Lindsay to discuss whether the United States should scal…

Podcast World leaders gather at the 2019 UN General Assembly in New York.