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NORTH AMERICA

July 1, 2021


US Special Envoy to the Horn of Africa, Jeffrey Feltman


The Biden administration’s appointment of Jeffrey Feltman as U.S. Special Envoy to the Horn of Africa is an attempt to revamp relations between Africa and the U.S. Ties grew cold during the Trump administration. Feltman is faced with the challenges of internal conflicts in Ethiopia and Sudan and the ever-escalating conflict between Egypt and Ethiopia.


Can the US’s New Special Envoy to the Horn of Africa Set a New Policy Direction?

Globalriskinsights.com


DEFENSE

July 6, 2021


Picture of Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld


The U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan gives reason to reflect on the opposition to military participation in nation building by former U.S. Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld. He first opposed it during the Balkan wars, then later in Iraq and Afghanistan. However, his resistance made unavoidable military involvement more difficult and less successful.


DONALD RUMSFELD: ANTI–NATION-BUILDER

rand.org


AFRICA

June 28, 2021


U.N. truck in Central Africa


The humanitarian crisis in Central Africa is growing as a result of a military counter-offensive against armed groups that attacked forces loyal to the Government early this year. There has been wide-scale conflict-related sexual violence, militarization of schools and hospitals, and use of explosive devices since then.


CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC ENTRENCHED IN ‘UNPRECEDENTED HUMANITARIAN CRISIS’

moderndiplomacy.eu


DEFENSE

2021


Russian map with military brigades


A conventional military confrontation between NATO and Russia could result in nuclear escalation. Russia has some key advantages over NATO, but it's not likely to defeat NATO in a protracted conflict in Europe.


COMPETING WITH RUSSIA MILITARILY

rand.org


MIDDLE EAST

June 25, 2021


chinese drone


Historically, the Middle East has tapped both the U.S. and European arms suppliers, but China is gradually entering the scene. China is already the largest foreign investor and trading partner for many countries in the region. Now, it’s aiming at the Middle East’s defense market.


THE MIDDLE EAST: AN EMERGING MARKET FOR CHINESE ARMS EXPORTS

thediplomat.com


NORTH AMERICA

June 15, 2021


President Biden disembarking from Airforce 1


Since President Biden took office in January, the U.S. has shifted its attention from the Middle East to the Indo-Pacific. This leaves Syria in a tenuous position.


ASSESSING THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION’S INTERIM SYRIA STRATEGY

fpri.org