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December 2, 2020

United States
Ten Anniversaries to Note in 2021

Anniversaries mark the passage of time, recall our triumphs, and honor our losses. Two thousand twenty witnessed many significant anniversaries: the seventy-fifth anniversary of the end of World War …

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

November 20, 2019

Guinea
Guinea Confronts Third Termism

The small West African country of Guinea has become the latest in sub-Saharan Africa threatened by third termism. President Alpha Condé’s second term ends in 2020, and the current constitution prevents him from seeking a third. So, last month, the eighty-one-year-old set to work drafting a new constitution, one that could allow him to remain in office indefinitely. 

Guinea's President Alpha Conde attends the opening of the 54th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, in Abuja, Nigeria December 22, 2018.

January 3, 2016

Iran
Iran Sacks Another Embassy

Today the Isamic Republic of Iran decided to sack another embassy building in Tehran, that of Saudi Arabia. According to the AP, "Protesters in Iran, angered by the execution by Saudi Arabia of a pr…

May 3, 2019

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: May 3, 2019

This week: New executive order for cyber talent in government; UK defense secretary fired amidst Huawei leaks; Facebook bans American far-right figures; Dutch intelligence agency names Russia and Chi…

Competitors participate in the 13th National Security Agency cyber competition in this handout photo provided by the U.S. Navy at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland April 17, 2013.

June 16, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria Sacking Senior Military Officers

A Nigerian army spokesman said on June 10 that “quite a number” of senior military officers have been fired, and some have been turned over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for …

Military General's Nigeria

July 16, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Guest Post: The Sack of Timbuktu

This is a guest post by Mohamed Jallow, a former interdepartmental associate at the Council on Foreign Relations, and now a program development specialist at IntraHealth International. Mohamed came t…

A Tuareg nomad stands near the 13th century mosque at Timbuktu, Mali, where U.S. Special Forces have been training the Malian army to better police the Sahara Desert, March 19, 2004.

December 17, 2018

Southeast Asia
2018 in Review: Press Freedom Under Assault in Southeast Asia—Maria Ressa and More

2018 was a brutal year, in many ways, for civil society activists, rights advocates, and democratic politicians throughout Southeast Asia. Cambodia’s government transformed from an autocratic regime …

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September 26, 2018

South Sudan
Another Hollow Peace Deal Signed in South Sudan

On September 12 in Ethiopia, President Salva Kiir and former vice president and opposition leader Riek Machar signed what was meant to be the final peace deal in South Sudan’s civil war, bringing an end to nearly five years of fighting. The new deal would return Machar to power, where he would serve as the “first” of five vice presidents, and maintain Kiir as president.

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August 24, 2011

Defense and Security
TWE Remembers: The British Sack Washington

  August can be a tough month in Washington, D.C. The temperature can run as high at 107 degrees Fahrenheit, and the mugginess can make it feel even hotter. On occasion, a hurricane batters th…

Sack of Washington

June 25, 2018

Russia
Who Was German Klimenko and What Does His Dismissal Mean for the Russian Internet?

Earlier this month, Russian President Vladimir Putin sacked his internet adviser, German Klimenko. The dismissal has injected rare optimism into those hoping for a thaw of sorts in the battle for the…

German Klimenko