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July 18, 2016

China
Chinese Human Smuggling and the U.S. Border Security Debate

Rachel Brown is a research associate for Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.  Migration across the U.S.-Mexico border is the source of polarizing debate in American politics, but rarel…

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January 14, 2019

United States
Guns, Tech, and Steel: The Wall Debate and Digital Technologies in Border Security

The president's push to "build the wall" fails to grasp the role of modern technology in policing U.S. borders.

U.S. President Donald Trump puts his hand on a drone aircraft used to patrol the border at U.S. Customs and Border Patrol facility in Yuma, Arizona, U.S., August 22, 2017.

April 10, 2019

India
National Security and the Indian Elections

India begins elections for its lower house on April 11. This will be the world’s largest democratic exercise, and will last through May 19, with ballots counted on May 23. I had the chance to ask Tan…

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an election campaign rally in Kolkata, India, April 3, 2019.

November 30, 2018

Niger
Recent Boko Haram Attacks Along Nigeria-Niger Border

Niger officials have announced that Boko Haram kidnapped eighteen girls from two villages, Blaharde and Bague, on November 24. The Blaharde and Bague kidnapping followed the November 22 killing of seven employees of the French drilling company Foraco at the village of Toumour, Niger.

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April 17, 2019

Genocide and Mass Atrocities
By Any Other Name: Thoughts on U.S. Genocide Determinations

The history of the Genocide Convention stretches back more than seventy years, yet much work remains to be done to prevent and respond to atrocities. 

A person holds a candle during a night vigil and prayer at the Amahoro Stadium as part of the 25th commemoration of the 1994 genocide, in Kigali, Rwanda, on April 7, 2019.

March 26, 2019

South Korea
South Korea is a Hesitant, but Friendly, U.S. Ally in the Indo-Pacific

Washington should not doubt that Seoul will be a strong partner for the Indo-Pacific strategy. 

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April 15, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: April 6–12

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from April 5 to 12, 2019.

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April 8, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: March 30–April 5

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from March 30 to April 5, 2019.

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October 2, 2017

Digital Policy
Cyber Sovereignty and Online Borders Do Not Improve International Security

States erect physical borders to improve their security. That logic does not always translate well to cyberspace.

The Ratification of the Treaty of Münster, 15 May 1648.

March 27, 2019

Burkina Faso
Security Service Human Rights Violations in Burkina Faso

According to Human Rights Watch (HRW), a respected and credible human rights non-governmental organization, Burkinabe security services have executed summarily more than 115 civilians in operations against Islamist militants between April 2018 and January 2019. HRW also reports that the Islamists have killed forty-two alleged government collaborators during that same period. Over past three months in particular, Jihadist attacks in Burkina have accelerated and the Burkinabe government declared a state of emergency in January. In response to accusations of human rights violations, the authorities have acknowledged the charges and stated that they are being investigated.

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