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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.

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…

July 27, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Miscalculating Tunisia

If Westerners are shocked at political developments in Tunisia, it’s because they described it as a straightforward success for too long. 

Amid fellow protesters, a Tunisian girl holds a sign reading "game over." Two soldiers stand facing the crowd.

July 29, 2021

Elections and Voting
Iran’s New President Takes Office, U.S. Debt Ceiling Drama, and More

Iran’s next president, Ebrahim Raisi, takes office; the suspension of the United States’ debt ceiling ends; and the summer wildfire season sets new records.

Podcast Iranian President-Elect Ebrahim Raisi holds a press conference at Shahid Beheshti conference hall on June 21, 2021 in Tehran, Iran.

July 29, 2021

China
China’s Port Expansion in Africa

The Cases of the Beira Fishing Port and LAPSSET Port Project

April 8, 2021

Infrastructure
The State of U.S. Infrastructure

Amid an economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, debate continues over how to improve the nation’s infrastructure, as analysts say U.S. transportation, water, and other systems face major …

Phase II construction on Metro’s Silver Line at Dulles International Airport continues.

July 28, 2021

Pharmaceuticals and Vaccines
The COVID-19 Vaccination Challenge: Lessons From History

Vaccines are a major public health success story, but the COVID-19 pandemic underscores the many challenges involved in getting a vaccine to everyone who needs it.

May 18, 2021

South Korea
United States and South Korea Should Forge “Vaccine Alliance”

The upcoming South Korea-U.S. summit meeting in Washington, D.C. should serve as an opportunity to forge a symbiotic "vaccine alliance."

An employee works at a syringe factory in Gunsan, South Korea, on April 5, 2021.

July 20, 2021

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
The U.S. Opioid Epidemic

Opioid addiction in the United States has become a prolonged epidemic, threatening not only public health but economic output and national security.

A man uses heroin under a bridge where he lives with other addicts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

July 22, 2021

Japan
Japan’s Population Problem

The United States’ alliance with Japan is the centerpiece of U.S. security in Asia, but new demographic challenges from within Japan raise concerns about the future of the region.

Podcast Elder Japanese women on Japan's 'Respect for the Aged Day' at Tokyo's Sugamo district