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May 16, 2024

United States
Strength Through Cooperation: A Conversation With Bipartisan Leaders of the House Armed Services Committee

Bipartisan leaders of the House Armed Services Committee, Ranking Member Adam Smith (D) and Vice Chairman Rob Wittman (R), discuss the interconnected nature of U.S. military support abroad and the im…

Play House Armed Services Committee gather on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. in 2023.

May 24, 2024

Child Marriage
Women This Week: Activists End Effort to Carry out Mass Wedding Involving Child Brides in Nigeria

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post covers May 18 to May 24.  

A group of girls stand near the Shehu of Borno's palace on the eve of the Eid- Al Fitr festival in Maiduguri, Nigeria

May 22, 2024

Burkina Faso
When Civilians Become Targets

Recurrent deadly encounters between soldiers and civilians across West Africa offer an instructive glimpse into the state of civil-military relations in the region.

A man uses his mobile phone beside army soldiers who sit on top of a military vehicle.

October 28, 2022

Wars and Conflict
Nonstate Warfare: The Military Methods of Guerillas, Warlords, and Militias

Teaching Notes for Toxic Politics, authored by CFR Senior Fellow Yanzhong Huang, discuss how China’s environmental crisis is undermining public health and becoming an Achilles heel in its reemergence as a global power.

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April 11, 2022

Nigeria’s Deepening Security Crisis Exposes Growing Reliance on Nonstate Actors

A rare positive note as Nigeria spirals into a state of lawlessness is the unintended return to the front burner of longstanding issues around governance at the subnational level. Until now, such issues have bubbled under the surface, receiving fleeting attention only when the country’s perennial crisis threatens to boil over, only to subside as soon as a temporary fix is found. Penultimate week, after still unidentified assailants opened fire on an Abuja-Kaduna train, killing eight passengers and kidnapping tens of others for ransom, Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai, emerging from a private meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, threatened to do whatever it takes to protect lives and property across the state, including “importing mercenaries from outside the country to do it.”

Nigerian police officer sitting down being interviewed wearing police outfit.

July 26, 2022

Wars and Conflict
Nonstate Warfare

Stephen Biddle explains how nonstate military strategies overturn traditional perspectives on warfare.

April 23, 2024

Election 2024
There Is a Risk of Extremist Violence Around the 2024 U.S. Presidential Election, Warns New CFR Report

As the United States prepares for the 2024 presidential election, a new Contingency Planning Memo from the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) warns of the possibility of extremist violence throughout…