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March 27, 2019

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
U.S. Counterterrorism’s Big Blindspot: Women

U.S. policymakers have long overlooked women’s involvement in terrorism, and rarely enlisted their participation in efforts to combat radicalization. A new bill would require U.S. counterterrorism po…

Afghan security forces escort a woman at the site of a car bomb blast in Kabul, Afghanistan January 15, 2019.

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.

Nigeria-Boko-Haram-Terrorism-Security-Tracker

March 8, 2019

United States
The U.S. Trade Deficit: How Much Does It Matter?

President Trump has made reducing the U.S. trade deficit a priority, blaming trade deals like NAFTA, but economists disagree over how policymakers should respond.

Chinese steel factory

April 3, 2019

Taiwan
U.S. Military Support for Taiwan: What’s Changed Under Trump?

The Trump administration has made bold gestures in support of Taiwan, including more frequent movement of U.S. ships in the Taiwan Strait. They come at a time of growing anxiety about the U.S.-China …

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen waves on the deck of a warship purchased from the United States.

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.

Nigeria-Boko-Haram-Terrorism-Security-Tracker

April 2, 2019

United Nations
Funding the United Nations: What Impact Do U.S. Contributions Have on UN Agencies and Programs?

Many UN agencies, programs, and missions receive crucial funding from the United States. President Trump’s budget cuts could jeopardize their work.

August 28, 2018

United States
Foreign Investment and U.S. National Security

The United States and other Western countries are reevaluating their foreign investment regulations amid an uptick in Chinese interest in strategic sectors.

China-U.S. foreign investment

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.

Burkina-Faso-Military-Terrorism

March 11, 2019

Cybersecurity
Chinese Hackers are Stealing U.S. Defense Secrets: Here is How to Stop Them

The United States clearly recognizes that it can do more to counter IP theft of national security assets.

A Chinese woman rides past Beijing Intermediate People's Court in Beijing July 24, 2001.