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April 12, 2021

Energy and Environment
The ‘30x30’ Campaign to Save the Biosphere

To preserve a stable biosphere, scientists believe humanity must protect 30 percent of the Earth by 2030, and ideally half of the planet by midcentury.

The Amazon rain forest, bordered by deforested land prepared for the planting of soybeans, is pictured in this aerial photo taken over Mato Grosso state in western Brazil on October 4, 2015.

April 12, 2021

Southeast Asia
Myanmar Moves Toward Civil War, Failed State

In the initial days after the Myanmar armed forces launched a coup on February 1, deposing an elected government, the military may have hoped it would be able to pull off the putsch with minimal bloo…

A fire burns on the street during a protest against the military coup, in Mandalay, Myanmar on April 1, 2021.

April 9, 2021

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: April 9, 2021

Data leak exposes 533 million Facebook users; Belgian authorities decrypt half a billion messages on Sky ECC, confiscate twenty-seven tons of cocaine; Automobile manufacturers call upon U.S. governme…

People are silhouetted as they pose with laptops in front of a screen projected with a Facebook logo

April 8, 2021

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Islamic State and al-Qaeda Linked to African Insurgencies

Violence attributed to Islamist groups has dramatically increased in sub-Saharan Africa over the past decade, and continues to infect new venues where it has been absent.

Two soldiers wearing camouflage stand in front of a building, the Kismayo International Airport, with an al Qaeda flag painted on it.

April 8, 2021

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Reforms Should Come Before New Funding for UNRWA

The Biden administration restores funding of texts that glorify violence

April 5, 2021

Digital Policy
Why Celebrations of Google’s Privacy Announcement Are Misplaced

Its announcement, which follows years of scrutiny from privacy advocates and regulators, is not as benevolent as it appears.

The logo of Google is seen.

April 7, 2021

China
China’s Belt and Road Initiative Should Be on the World Bank and IMF’s Agenda

The Spring Meetings should address BRI’s pitfalls and advance policies to help put BRI countries on the path toward recovery and sustainable growth.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) headquarters building is seen ahead of the IMF/World Bank spring meetings in Washington, U.S. on April 8, 2019.

April 7, 2021

Nigeria
Attacks Against Security Facilities Accelerate in Former Biafra

On April 5, gunmen attacked a prison in Owerri, Nigeria, freeing 1,844 inmates. (Owerri, the capital of Imo State, is a major trading center with more than one million residents.) On April 6, “bandits” stormed a police station in Ehime Mbano, also in Imo.

A picture of a prison with walls covered in ash and a torched car outside.

April 6, 2021

Mozambique
Foreign Involvement Growing in Mozambique Counterinsurgency

Jihadi attacks in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province are accelerating, with heavy fighting breaking out around the town of Palma. In response, South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa sent South African troops to evacuate South African nationals.

Soldiers stand in front of a crowd of people awaiting the arrival of a ship carrying people fleeing jihadi violence in northern Mozambique.

April 2, 2021

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: April 2, 2021

Russian hackers steal thousands of State Department emails; Facebook and Google plan new undersea cables in the Pacific; President Biden announces infrastructure plan; New Russian law requires domest…

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about his $2 trillion infrastructure plan.