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May 14, 2020

Cybersecurity
Is Digital Always Better?

Digital technology has been widely embraced, especially during the coronavirus pandemic. However, in some situations, it could actually make systems more prone to unpredictable accidents. Policymaker…

Computer network equipment is seen in a server room in Vienna, Austria.

May 12, 2020

Chad
After Lake Chad Offensive, April One of Deadliest Months in Boko Haram Conflict

April is now one of the deadliest months in nearly a decade of the Boko Haram conflict, according to data from the Nigeria Security Tracker, which now features geographic data from Niger, Chad, and Cameroon.

A Chadian soldier shields his face from dust kicked up by a helicopter in the recently retaken town of Damasak, Nigeria, March 18, 2015.

April 23, 2020

South Korea
How History Informed South Korea's Battle With COVID-19

The 2014 Sewol ferry disaster and 2015 MERS both shaped the current administration’s successful response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

A woman wearing a face mask in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), walks past a voter at a polling booth in Seoul, South Korea, on April 15, 2020.

April 22, 2020

Southeast Asia
COVID-19 and the South China Sea

The rapid spread of COVID-19 in Southeast Asia, where the pandemic recently has hit Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines (as well as other regional states like Singapore) hard, has not stopped jo…

U.S. Navy ships from the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group, the America Expeditionary Strike Group, and the U.S. 7th Fleet command ship, USS Blue Ridge, transit the Philippine Sea in formation during a photo exercise on March 24, 2020.

April 14, 2020

Southeast Asia
The Coronavirus and Rodrigo Duterte’s Response

The COVID-19 Crisis: Voices From Asia This post is the first in an Asia Unbound series of voices from Asia on the COVID-19 crisis, and on its implications for Asia and for Asian views of the Unite…

Passengers wear protective masks while waiting at the Araneta Center Bus Terminal in Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines, on March 13, 2020, following President Rodrigo Duterte's announcement of a local travel ban in the Philippine capital

April 10, 2020

Nigeria
Case Not Quite Closed on the Assassination of Nigerian Salafi Scholar Shaikh Jaafar Adam

While at prayer on April 13, 2007, the prominent Salafi scholar, Shaikh Jaafar Mahmud Adam, was assassinated at his mosque in Kano. At the time, the murder made a deep impression on mainstream Muslims, many of whom revered Adam. The murder took place in the final days before the 2007 presidential elections, and many observers, including those at the U.S. embassy, thought that the murder was somehow related. But it now seems more likely that Adam was assassinated by a vengeful former member of the Nigerian Taliban. His murder was an early manifestation of the deadly battles among Boko Haram’s competing factions that continue up to the present.

A man cycles past the Al Ansar mosque in Maiduguri. Four red and white minarets are visible around a green dome topped with gold. Person-sized arches line the one-story building around the dome and minarets.

April 2, 2020

Nigeria
With Travel Restricted, Nigeria's Elite Face Coronavirus at Home

The Nigerian medical and public health systems were a shambles long before the coronavirus. It is estimated that half of Nigeria's physicians practice medicine outside of the country. Contributing to the poor medical and health system, rich Nigerians routinely go abroad for medical treatment.

A cameraman with a medical mask films Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari as addresses the nation on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Abuja, Nigeria. In the foreground is a man sitting with a medical mask and gloves.

March 31, 2020

South Korea
U.S.-ROK OPCON Transition: The Element of Timing

Determination of the transfer should be driven by a hard, thorough diagnosis of military capabilities against emerging threats.

A member of South Korea Special Warfare Command takes part in a joint military exercise conducted by South Korean and U.S. special forces troops at Gunsan Air Force base in Gunsan, South Korea, on November 14, 2019.

March 31, 2020

South Korea
Let the UN Command Remain a Tool for Korean Peace

The UNC should continue to carry out its unique armistice-management responsibilities following OPCON transfer on the Korean Peninsula.

A South Korean honor guard stands in front of boxes containing the remains of the UNC and ROK soldiers killed in North Korea in the 1950-53 Korean War during the mutual repatriation ceremony of soldiers' remains in Seoul, South Korea on July 13, 2018.

March 20, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: Will Joe Biden Change His Foreign Policy?

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. This week: Democratic visions for a new direction in foreign policy, calls for a relaxation of U.S. sanctions…

Former Vice President Joe Biden gestures forward as he stands behind a podium at the March 15 Democratic primary debate in Washington, DC.