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August 17, 2017

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
A Bitcoin coin Bitcoin for Bombs

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are gaining traction as a source of funding for terrorist groups, such as the self-proclaimed Islamic State. Counterterrorism policies should respond accordingly.

August 9, 2017

Foreign Aid
Shadow on USAID boxes Why Cutting Foreign Aid Benefits Terrorists

President Trump's proposal to cut USAID funding will not help the United States fight terrorism. 

August 2, 2017

Middle East and North Africa
A sign indicating a route to Qatar embassy in Bahrain Geopolitical Information Blockades: A New Norm?

The information blockade on Qatar is an example of states increasingly using internet access policies as a tool against foreign adversaries—and being more brazen about it than they have in the past. …

May 18, 2017

Iran
a girl holds a poster of Rouhani Is Iran’s Election a Litmus Test for the Next Supreme Leader?

Iranians are heading to the polls this Friday to decide Iran’s next president: incumbent Hassan Rouhani or his challenger Ebrahim Raisi. A victory for Raisi could mean he is being tested out for a po…

December 7, 2015

CFR Cyber Net Politics Red Team Book Review: Red Team by Micah Zenko

As the details of the hacking of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) became public in 2014 and 2015, the refrain from the press, Congress, and the general public was: how could this happen?…

May 8, 2017

Human Trafficking
A migrant woman stands outside a tent at a makeshift camp on the Greek-Macedonian border Sex Trafficking and the Refugee Crisis: Exploiting the Vulnerable

Caroline O’Leary is an intern in the Center for Preventive Action at the Council on Foreign Relations. April was Sexual Assault Awareness Month, which brought a deserved spotlight to the 5,551 cas…

April 27, 2017

Defense and Security
grid Forced Off the Grid: A Cyberattack on the United States

Eshani Bhatt is an intern in the Center for Preventive Action at the Council on Foreign Relations. The current U.S. power grid system is at risk of an external cyberattack that could severely crip…

March 31, 2017

United States
RTX3067U (1) End to Euphrates Shield, but Not to U.S.-Turkey Tensions

Caroline O’Leary is an intern in the Center for Preventive Action at the Council on Foreign Relations. On Wednesday, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim announced the end of Operation Euphrates…

February 19, 2013

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Prison Guest Post: A Framework for Incarcerating Terrorists

Melanie Getreuer is a PhD Candidate in Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she is writing a dissertation about the global use of criminal justice systems to counter terror…

December 8, 2016

Climate Change
nyc Red States and Green Cities: Predictions for Trump-Era Climate Action

Jennifer Wilson is a research associate for national security at the Council on Foreign Relations.  President-Elect Donald Trump’s reported nomination of Scott Pruitt to head of the Environmental …