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January 31, 2023

United States
The Violent Far-Right Terrorist Threat to the U.S. Military

In addition to minority communities and those on the political left, far-right and white supremacist extremism threatens violence against institutions conservatives cherish as well, such as the U.S. …

military

January 24, 2023

United States
The Violent Far-Right Terrorist Threat to American Law Enforcement

In addition to minority communities and those on the political left, far-right and white supremacist extremism threatens violence against law enforcement as well.

Capitol Police and Protesters

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.

Nonstate Warfare Teaching Notes Image

January 17, 2023

United States
The Violent Far-Right Terrorist Threat to the Republican Party and American Conservatism

In addition to minority communities and those on the political left, far-right and white supremacist extremism threatens violence against Republicans as well.

January 6

January 10, 2023

Diamonstein-Spielvogel Project on the Future of Democracy
America the Exporter: Far-Right Violent Extremism in Brazil and Beyond

Just two days after Americans had marked the two-year anniversary of the horror that visited the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, an eerily familiar scene played out four thousand miles south, in Bra…

A view shows the damage caused following Brazil's anti-democratic riots, at the Supreme Court building in Brasilia, Brazil.

April 11, 2022

Nigeria
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.

February 1, 2023

South Africa
The Limits of the U.S.-South Africa Relationship

The Biden administration’s attempts to build closer bonds with South Africa may not bear fruit, but it may be worth devoting more attention to nongovernmental actors.

In front of the flags of the United States and the Republic of South Africa, U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and South Africa's Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana sit at the head of a table for a bilateral meeting in Pretoria, South Africa.

March 24, 2022

Cybersecurity
Tracking Cyber Operations and Actors in the Russia-Ukraine War

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has been characterized by a relative lack of major cyber operations. This article provides an accounting of those which have taken place.

Ukrainian airborne troops stand in formation during drills in November 2021.

July 26, 2022

Wars and Conflict
Nonstate Warfare

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

February 3, 2023

Saudi Arabia
Women This Week: Saudi Arabia to Sponsor the 2023 Women’s World Cup

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 January 28 to February 3.

Soccer Football - FIFA Women's World Cup Australia and New Zealand - UEFA Qualifiers - Group C - Netherlands v Iceland - Stadion Galgenwaard, Utrecht, Netherlands - September 6, 2022 Netherlands' Stephanie van der Gragt celebrates scoring their first goal with Romee Leuchter, Fenna Kalma, Kerstin Casparij and teammates.