How Does Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Affect AFRICOM?
What does the Russian invasion of Ukraine have to do with stability in Africa and U.S. Africa Command’s (AFRICOM) strategic competition objectives? Quite a lot, it seems. The global ramifications of this event demonstrated not only the interrelated vulnerabilities of countries thousands of miles away, but also highlight a potential shortcoming in how strategic competition is playing out across Africa. Strategic competition is not just local — measured by the number of roads built by China or the number of autocrats propped up by Russian private military corporations (PMCs) — and not just global — measured by who speaks out (and who remains silent) to condemn wide-scale war. Rather, strategic competition in Africa is increasingly becoming the impact of the global on the local to amplify pre-existing crises playing out across the continent.
What Zawahri’s Death Tells Us About Afghanistan’s Future
The successful strike on Sunday against Ayman al-Zawahri —a man with no shortage of American blood on his hands — is a celebratory moment for President Joe Biden’s administration. For watchers of Afghanistan, it is also illuminating, like a flashbulb on the darkness that has enveloped Afghanistan since the American pullout a year ago.
Sources for Police Use of Force Data
A summary of some of the more commonly cited sources used to better understand the trends of police use of force over time.
Impacts of the Ukraine War on Russian Technology Development
The exit of large multinational companies, coupled with sanctions imposed by the United States and countries in Europe and Asia, particularly on high-tech exports to Russia, will hit right where it hurts — the crown jewels of Russia’s development — AI-enabled technologies.
What Did the Summit of The Americas Accomplish?
Earlier this month, the United States hosted the Ninth Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles. After the COVID-19 led to the postponement of the last summit, and President Trump stayed away from the prior one (sending Vice President Mike Pence instead), the United States hoped that this event would disprove the common observation that Washington was rudderless in its regional policy. By attending in person, along with the Vice President, the first lady and key aides, President Biden aimed to build personal relationships with regional leaders and show that Washington is engaged and committed to their partnerships. His team hoped to generate action — or at least agendas for action — on several critical challenges: migration, climate change and economic development.