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February 24, 2021

Democratic Republic of Congo
The Democratic Republic of Congo is Back on the Front Page

The killing of the Italian ambassador to the DRC and the lifting of U.S. Treasury sanctions against an Israeli businessman in the final hours of the Trump administration has again focused international attention on the interlocking crises in the DRC.

Four UN vehicles are seen parked on a dirt road, protected by armed UN soldiers, in eastern DRC. Two motorcycles are also seen driving on the road, going in opposite directions.

February 19, 2021

Zimbabwe
New Report Shines Spotlight on Corruption in Zimbabwe

Last month, South Africa’ Daily Maverick newspaper published a damning exposé on corruption in Zimbabwe. Cartel Power Dynamics in Zimbabwe [PDF] details off-the-books networks worth billions that deal in gold, diamonds, cigarettes, fuel and more.

A street money changer counts South African Rands in Harare, Zimbabwe, May 5, 2016

February 18, 2021

Human Rights
Kidnapping and Ransom Payments in Nigeria

On February 17, a gang of gunmen kidnapped more than forty students, teachers, and administrators from a secondary school in Niger State. At least one student was killed. President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered all four service chiefs to go to Niger State.

A picture of the interior of an abandoned school in Kagara, Nigeria after gunmen kidnapped dozens of students, relatives, and administrators. Several wooden desks and chairs are seen, while the wall is covered in graffiti.

January 22, 2021

Southeast Asia
A Review of “How China Loses: The Pushback Against Chinese Global Ambitions”

Charles Dunst is a visiting scholar at the East-West Center in Washington, an associate at LSE IDEAS, and a contributing editor of American Purpose. In January 2017 at Davos, the small alpine town…

China's President Xi Jinping speaks while taking part in an event marking the 70th anniversary of the Chinese People's Volunteer Army's participation in the Korean War at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on October 23, 2020.

January 13, 2021

Radicalization and Extremism
From Separatism to Salafism: Militancy on the Swahili Coast

Nolan Quinn is a research associate for the Council on Foreign Relations’ Africa Program. The revelation that a Kenyan member of al-Shabab was charged with planning a 9/11-style attack on the Unit…

A group of Muslim youth are seen protesting the killing of a radical Kenyan imam, Aboud Rogo Mohammed. Several are wearing Islamic dress while others are wearing everyday clothing.

November 9, 2020

Ethiopia
Simmering Tensions Come to a Boil in Ethiopia's Tigray Region

Over the past week, as many have been distracted by the U.S. elections, an extraordinarily dangerous unraveling has picked up speed in Ethiopia.  Months of simmering tensions between the leadership o…

Members of Amhara region militias ride on their truck as they head to face the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), in Sanja, Amhara region near a border with Tigray, Ethiopia November 9, 2020

October 8, 2020

United States
Happy 245th Birthday to the U.S. Navy!

The U.S. Navy turns 245 years-old today. On October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress commissioned two ships, each with eighty sailors, “for intercepting such transports as may be laden with warlike…

Navy

September 25, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: What to Do About Iran?

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential contenders are saying about foreign policy. This week: how Donald Trump and Joe Biden say the United States should deal with Iran.

The Iranian flag being removed from a stage during the Iran nuclear deal negotiations in Vienna, Austria, on July 14, 2015.

September 3, 2020

Southeast Asia
A Review of “Under Beijing’s Shadow: Southeast Asia's China Challenge” by Murray Hiebert

Hunter Marston is a PhD candidate at the Australian National University. His research focuses on great power competition in Southeast Asia. According to recent surveys of Southeast Asia, China is …

A train runs through, during the groundbreaking ceremony of the cooperation between Thailand and China on the Bangkok-Nong Khai high speed rail development in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand on December 21, 2017.

September 2, 2020

Global Governance
Navigating Rough Waters: The Limitations of International Watercourse Governance

Recent events are straining the global watercourse governance system. Countries need to articulate and abide by universal norms and standards on sustainable and equitable water resource use to secure…

A man in a sleeveless shirt holds a pipe pouring water from the Nile river onto a patch of mud to make bricks on Khartoum, Sudan