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In Brief: The Conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

A lot happens every day. Alliances shift, leaders change, and conflicts erupt. With In Brief, we’ll help you make sense of it all. Each week, experts will dig deep on a single issue happening in the world to help you better understand it. *** The Democratic Republic of the Congo has been plagued by conflict for more than three decades, but in recent...

Wed Apr 17, 2024 20:55
China Is Battening Down for the Gathering Storm over Taiwan

Chinese war drums beat on as pundits hotly debate if or when Beijing will try to seize Taiwan by force. There is no apparent countdown to D-day for initiating a blockade or invasion, but major strategic indicators clearly show that General Secretary Xi Jinping is still preparing his country for a showdown. Developments under way suggest Taiwan will...

Wed Apr 17, 2024 10:54
The Rising Ransomware Tide, Chinese Spy Cranes, and the Biden Executive Order on Maritime Cyber Security

In July of 2023, Japan’s largest port, Nagoya, fell victim to a lockbit ransomware attack, causing operations to grind to a halt and Toyota to suspend its import-export packaging lines. This was just one of many recent incidents within the larger marine transportation system and showcases how fragile the sector is to these attack profiles. On Feb. 21,...

Wed Apr 17, 2024 10:44
Houthi Attacks in the Red Sea: A New Twist on the Jeune École?

Recently, a journalist questioned Vice Adm. Brad Cooper of U.S. Central command about naval operations in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, “When was the last time that the U.S. Navy operated at this pace for a couple months?” The admiral’s response was telling: “I think you’d have to go back to World War II where you have ships who are engaged in combat....

Tue Apr 16, 2024 10:49
Call in the Coast Guard: How Maritime Law Enforcement Can Combat China’s Gray-Zone Aggression

Earlier this year, China’s Coast Guard forced a Filipino fishing boat captain and crew away from Scarborough Shoal, which the United Nations International Tribunal has established as the territory of the Philippines, demanding that they dump their catch. Indeed, China’s Coast Guard continues to use aggression and force to coerce and intimidate other...

Tue Apr 16, 2024 10:49
Lessons From Gaza’s Most Vulnerable: Understanding Civilian Protection in Wartime

There are as many ways to survive war as those affected by it. Since Hamas’ attack on Israel last October, Palestinians have been confronting existential decisions about how to survive the war between Israel and Hamas. When facing imminent danger, how do civilians decide whether to stay in their homes or flee? For those who stay, when do they collaborate...

Mon Apr 15, 2024 10:46

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