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July 21, 2021

Nigeria
Jihadis Claim to be Uniting in Northeast Nigeria

Boko Haram, the jihadi insurrection associated with some 350,000 deaths since 2009 in northeast Nigeria, was characterized by factions—conflict among which was bloody—though at times they appear to have cooperated tactically. Now, the faction associated with the self-proclaimed Islamic State, the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA), is claiming to have incorporated the followers of the rival faction led by Abubakar Shekau. (Weeks ago, Shekau died, apparently after committing suicide in a standoff with ISWA.)

A wall that has "Hate Evil" and "Boko Haram is Evil" scrawled on it.

June 23, 2021

Global
The President's Inbox Episodes by Topic

A comprehensive list of each episode of The President's Inbox organized by topic. 

Resolute desk

April 14, 2021

Southeast Asia
ASEAN’s Myanmar Crisis

With the situation in Myanmar disintegrating into chaos, and Myanmar possibly becoming a potential failed state, some regional powers, including the United States and Australia, have taken significan…

An anti-coup protester walks past burning tires after activists launched a "garbage strike" against the military rule, in Yangon, Myanmar on March 30, 2021.

March 31, 2021

Human Rights
Blinken's Unfair "Repudiation" of the Report on Unalienable Rights

Secretary Blinken’s comments on the Report of the Commission on Unalienable Rights were partisan--and did not fairly reflect its content.

March 29, 2021

Tibet
China’s Policies in Its Far West: The Claim of Tibet-Xinjiang Equivalence

Robert Barnett is a Professorial Research Associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London; an Affiliate Researcher at King’s College, London; and former Director of Mode…

Tibetan Buddhists walk past a poster showing Chinese President Xi Jinping and former Chinese leaders Jiang Zemin, Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, and Hu Jintao during a government-organized tour of Tibet on October 15, 2020.

March 19, 2021

Niger
Niger's Mahamadou Issoufou Awarded Mo Ibrahim Prize for Excellence in African Leadership

Nigerien President Mahamadou Issoufou, set to step down after two terms as president, was last week awarded the Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership.

A picture of Nigerien President Mahamadou Issoufou speaking before the UN General Assembly.

March 18, 2021

Cybersecurity
Unexpectedly, All UN Countries Agreed on a Cybersecurity Report. So What?

A consensus report at the United Nations further solidifies past progress and could enable a greater degree of accountability for malicious state behavior in cyberspace.

A gavel and a block is pictured.

March 18, 2021

Democracy
The EU and Venezuela: More Bad Advice

The "European Democracy Hub" urges "sidelining" democracy in Venezuela

March 16, 2021

Nigeria
Nigeria Needs to Better Protect its Schoolchildren

In early March, over 300 schoolgirls were abducted by armed groups from a secondary school in Zamfara State. Last week, another set of students was kidnapped from a college in Kaduna State—the third mass kidnapping of students in Nigeria in 2021.

A young Nigerian girl wearing a headdress cries after being rescued from kidnappers.

March 8, 2021

China
China's Quest for Self-Reliance in the Fourteenth Five-Year Plan

Despite calls for openness and international cooperation, China's Fourteenth Five-Year Plan's emphasis on achieving "self-reliance" in science and technology shows that China is looking internally to…

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang speaks at the opening session of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China March 5, 2021.