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April 14, 2022

Nigeria
State Department Report Highlights Magnitude of Human Rights Challenge in Nigeria

The just released Nigeria 2021 Human Rights Report confirms what observers and rights advocates already know about the Nigerian state’s execrable human rights record and the increasingly dismal daily experience of Nigerians. Released annually since 1977 by the United States Department of State, the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices are a critical gauge of the human rights situation across the world.

Nigerian protestors walk the streets with posters in hand.

January 18, 2022

International Law
Legal Principles Matter in Defense of Democracies

Legal principles matter as two major democracies—Taiwan and Ukraine—are threatened by superpower neighbors. Whether one argues about Taiwan’s status as a country or a province of China, it is a vibra…

Ukrainian service members drive tanks during the Independence Day military parade in Kyiv, Ukraine in August 2021.

December 22, 2021

COVID-19
What Is the Defense Production Act?

Presidents Trump and Biden have turned to the Defense Production Act to procure critical medical supplies during the coronavirus pandemic. What does the law do?

May 20, 2022

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: May 20, 2022

Biden plans limits on foreign data transfers; Chinese hackers target Russian defense sector; EU proposes scanning end to end encryption; U.S. will not prosecute "good faith" hackers; China pledges su…

Attorney General Merrick Garland stands in front of a White House logo.

November 23, 2021

China
Does Taiwan Have the Right of Self-Defense?

If conflict were to break out between China and Taiwan, the latter’s right to defend itself would hinge on its international legal status and the circumstances of the hostilities.

Armored vehicles parade in front of Taiwan presidential palace.

May 17, 2022

Military Operations
Robert B. McKeon Endowed Series on Military Strategy and Leadership

U.S. military service chiefs discuss defense strategy in conflict areas around the world and cooperative efforts with U.S. allies. The Robert B. McKeon Endowed Series on Military Strategy and Lead…

Play Rear of soldiers patrolling along the risky area

December 1, 2021

Robots and Artificial Intelligence
Two Cheers for the Department of Defense’s New Data and Artificial Intelligence Leadership Initiative

The reorganization proposal will face bureaucratic hurdles, but if it succeeds, it could make U.S. data and AI leadership more likely.

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin speaking into a microphone. Behind him is a sign with an image of the Pentagon.

March 11, 2022

U.S. Department of Defense
Why DoD’s New Approach to Data and Artificial Intelligence Should Enhance National Defense

The DoD’s updated efforts on artificial intelligence (AI) are requiring some disruptive organizational changes, but this is a sign of real commitment to AI and data leadership.

DOCUMENT DATE: March 03, 2022 The Pentagon is seen from the air in Washington, U.S., March 3, 2022, more than a week after Russia invaded Ukraine.

January 31, 2022

Liberia
Jail Term for Former Liberian Defense Minister Offers Ray of Hope to Anti-Corruption Forces in Africa

Last week, the Liberian Supreme Court affirmed the ruling of a lower court which ordered the imprisonment of former Liberian Defense Minister Brownie Jeffrey Samukai Jr., for two years. A one-time deputy minister in the country’s Ministry of National Defense, Samukai was former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s pick to head the ministry when the latter took over the reins as president in January 2006.

U.S military commander wearing camouflage speaks with former Liberian minister in civilian clothing.

August 2, 2021

News Release
CFR Welcomes Michael C. Horowitz as Senior Fellow for Defense Technology and Innovation

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) welcomes Michael C. Horowitz to its David Rockefeller Studies Program as senior fellow for defense technology and innovation. At CFR, Horowitz will primarily re…