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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.

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…

U.S. Mexico Border China Human Smuggling

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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February 8, 2019

Democratic Republic of Congo
An Alternative Perspective on the U.S. Decision to Recognize Tshisekedi

In the daily Africa in Transition blog, on February 6, 2019, Ambassador Michelle Gavin, a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations Africa Program, harshly criticized the United States government’s policy toward the December 2018 presidential election in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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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.

February 11, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: February 2–8

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger between February 2 to 8, 2019.

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February 13, 2019

Women and Women's Rights
Human Trafficking Isn’t Just Morally Repugnant. It’s Also a Security Threat.

Last month, Nigeria’s anti-trafficking agency made a startling announcement: It had collected evidence that some 20,000 Nigerian women and girls are being held in brothels in Mali. Among those discov…

#BringBackOurGirls campaigners raise candles during a candle light gathering marking the 500th day since the abduction of girls in Chibok, Nigeria. August 27, 2015.

February 4, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: January 26–February 1

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger between January 26 to February 1, 2019.

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January 23, 2019

Defense and Security
Climate Change Is a Threat to Military Security

This is a guest post by Benjamin Silliman, research associate for Energy Security and Climate Change at the Council on Foreign Relations.  Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) …

Damage caused by Hurricane Michael is seen on Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, U.S., October 16, 2018.

February 13, 2019

Middle East and North Africa
Bad Reputation: The Swift Decline of U.S. Soft Power in the Middle East

What a late-night meal in Italy taught me about American Exceptionalism in the Arab world.

A woman stands next to an inflatable tank with U.S. President Donald Trump outside an art exhibition 'MonuMental' by the pseudonymous artist, Saint Hoax in downtown Beirut, Lebanon October 12, 2018.