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September 25, 2019

China
The President’s Inbox: Admiral William McRaven on Technology, Innovation, and Special Operations

The latest episode of The President’s Inbox is now up. My guest was Admiral William McRaven (Rtd.), a member of CFR’s Board of Directors and the co-chair of the recent CFR Independent Task Force on I…

Admiral William McRaven (Rtd.) speaks during a Reuters Newsmakers event in New York in May 2019.

September 6, 2019

Zimbabwe
Good Riddance to Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe

During his thirty-seven years in power in Zimbabwe, he committed virtually every human rights violation there is. His hands were awash in the blood of Zimbabweans. Fanning and exploiting racial and class differences, he destroyed the country’s economy, once on the cusp of being one of Africa’s most developed, driving out commercial white farmers. By the time he died, Zimbabwe was an international pariah, an economic basket case, and many or most of the country’s most educated and productive citizens had left the country.

Robert Mugabe stands in front of a blurred out, saluting soldier.

October 16, 2019

Cybersecurity
New Cyber Brief: Expanding Disclosure Policy to Drive Better Cybersecurity

Threats to national and economic security emanating from cyberspace are all too real, but public disclosure of these incidents is exceedingly rare. A new Council on Foreign Relations Cyber Brief prov…

U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman (2nd L) speaks as (L-R) FBI Director Christopher Wray, U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers listen during a news conference to announce a China related national security law enforcement action December 20, 2018 at The Justice Department in Washington, DC. The Justice Department has filed charges against two Chinese national individuals, Zhu Hua and Zhang Shilong who bel

October 11, 2019

United States
Happy 244th Birthday to the U.S. Navy!

The U.S. Navy turns 244 years-old this weekend. On October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress commissioned two ships, each with eighty sailors, “for intercepting such transports as may be laden with …

U.S. Navy

October 7, 2019

NAFTA
Democrats Are Right to Insist on Better Enforcement Provisions in the USMCA

Are the provisions of the Trump administration’s rewrite of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)—set forth in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) enforceable? As written, the…

USMCA Signing

September 10, 2019

Cybersecurity
Hey LinkedIn, Sean Brown Does Not Work at CFR: Identity, Fake Accounts, and Foreign Intelligence

A fake LinkedIn account of a Sean Brown claiming to work for CFR highlights the issues with fake accounts.

Hey LinkedIn, Sean Brown Does Not Work at CFR: Identity, Fake Accounts, and Foreign Intelligence

September 27, 2019

Nigeria
U.S. Arrests Celebrated Nigerian Entrepreneur for Fraud

In August, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) indicted eighty people for what it described as “the largest case of online fraud in U.S. history.” Seventy-seven of them were Nigerian. Separately, also indicted for computer and wire fraud was Obinwanne Okeke. He is accused of defrauding a subsidiary of Caterpillar of $11 million.

A car is parked on the street that says "FBI Police" on it.

September 17, 2019

United States
Election 2020: Joe Biden, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Is the third time really the charm? Former Vice President Joe Biden certainly hopes so. He first threw his hat in the ring for the 1988 Democratic nomination but ended up dropping out of the race mon…

Joe Biden

September 6, 2019

Sub-Saharan Africa
Mugabe and the Zimbabwe He Left Behind

Robert Mugabe, who ruled over Zimbabwe for 37 years, died on September 6. His was an undeniably epic life of glaring contradictions. He was a passionate voice for the liberation of the Zimbabwean people from the injustice and humiliation of white minority rule, but a brutal oppressor when those same people sought to exercise political freedom.

Zimbabwe's former President Robert Mugabe looks on before casting his vote in Highfields outside Harare July 31, 2013

September 4, 2019

Cybersecurity
Five Jeez: Five Security Arguments Against Huawei 5G

There are more than enough reasons to keep Huawei equipment out of the core U.S. internet infrastructure.

A Huawei logo and a 5G sign are pictured at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Shanghai, China June 28, 2019.