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May 7, 2021

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: May 7, 2021

UK watchdog opposes ban on police use of facial recognition; India excludes Huawei and ZTE from 5G trials; Belgian government suffers distributed denial of service attack; Facebook oversight committe…

New York State Attorney General, Letitia James, speaks during a news conference.

May 7, 2021

Ethiopia
In Ethiopia, Peace Requires Domestic Reconciliation

Ethiopia has the world’s attention. The United Nations Security Council finally found its voice to call for improved humanitarian access and express concern over reports of sexual violence in Tigray…

A bus carrying displaced people arrives at the Tsehaye primary school, which was turned into a temporary shelter for people displaced by conflict, in the town of Shire, Tigray region, Ethiopia, March 14, 2021.

May 6, 2021

Nigeria
Nigeria: Anxiety Over Deteriorating Security Morphing Into Panic

Longtime political heavyweight Bukola Saraki—former governor of Kwara State, former president of the senate, and former chairman of the National Assembly—and Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka have urged President Muhammadu Buhari to seek outside assistance. Senior Advocate of Nigeria Robert Clarke at a Sunday, May 2 Channels Television news show questioned whether Nigeria would survive another six months.

A man sits on the ground in front of a sign that says "We rise now or we all die in Southern Kaduna." Another sign says "The government has failed us."

May 3, 2021

Nigeria
In a Reversal, Nigeria Wants U.S. Africa Command Headquarters in Africa

On April 27, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, in a virtual meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, requested that the United States move the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) headquarters from Stuttgart, Germany to Africa. The request marks a reversal of official Nigerian opposition—first made public twelve years ago—to AFRICOM plans to move to the continent.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is seen on a television screen speaking during a virtual visit to the U.S. State Department, in which he spoke with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

April 30, 2021

Palestinian Territories
After the "Postponement" of Palestinian Elections, Now What?

Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas has now “postponed” parliamentary elections scheduled for May 22. As I noted in a previous blog post and in an article in Fathom, this was no real surpri…

April 28, 2021

Asia
The Strategic Consequences of India’s COVID-19 Crisis

Daniel S. Markey is a senior research professor and academic director of Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies' (SAIS) master of arts in global policy program. Last week, as the m…

Indian army soldiers walk along a road near Zojila mountain pass that connects Srinagar to the union territory of Ladakh, bordering China, on February 28, 2021.

April 28, 2021

Israel
More Iranian Missiles to Syria: A Problem that a "Working Group" Cannot Solve

Russia protects the shipment of precision guided missiles to Iranian proxies

April 27, 2021

Nigeria
Nigerian Government Minister's Jihadi Statements Cause Uproar

Isa Pantami is minister of communications and digital economy in President Muhammadu Buhari's government. Some years ago, in sermons and other statements, he used rhetoric about Christians and the West that mimics that of al-Qaeda and the Taliban. He also fulsomely praised Osama bin Laden.

A picture of Nigerian Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Isa Pantami.

April 26, 2021

Energy and Environment
Biden’s Climate Pledge Puts U.S. Credibility on the Line

Biden’s Earth Day summit leaves important, lingering questions, the most important of these being the feasibility and credibility of his plans.

With a giant patch of green grass in the foreground, U.S. President Joe Biden looks on between Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, left, and United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai, right, during a virtual Climate Summit with world leaders in the East Room at the White House in Washington, D.C., on April 23, 2021.

April 23, 2021

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: April 23, 2021

Russia responds to U.S. sanctions, expels ten diplomats and eight officials; UK government launches campaign against foreign spies; U.S. lawmakers introduce ambitious anti-surveillance technology bil…

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY).