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Security Challenges Over the Horizon and Close to Home

Winter 2013 

Part I: U.S. Security Interests in Africa

Publisher's Note

By Richard E. Friedman

AFRICOM: A New National Security Approach for the 21st Century?

By Timothy A. Hazen

How the Dragon of Prosperity Uses State Power and Resources in Africa to Displace Western Influence

By Darrell Irwin

The Arab Spring, Moroccan Exceptionalism, and U.S. Strategic Interests

By Marilyn Diamond

Turmoil in the Middle East: How Has Morocco Fared?

By Mohsin Kahn & Svetlana Milbert

Operation Serval in Mali:The Fight Against Terrorism and the Strengthening of States

By Jean-Baptiste de Boissiere

Part II: Cook County Urban Security

Chicago's Gang Problem

By John Burfisher

Tackling Student Gun Violence in Chicago

By Arcadia Kust

 Climate Change and Nuclear Power

By Nadya Faulx

 Illinois' Pension Problem

By John V. Santore

 Cybersecurity and the Private Sector

By John Kanaly

 Cyber Threats Pose Risk to Power Grid

By Justin Voccola

 Risk and the Chicago Infrastructure Trust

By Camille Izlar

 Viewpoints on Gun Laws

By Agnes Radomski

  Chicago's Financial Cybersecurity

By Andrew Hedlund

 Addressing Violence in Chicago

By Richard E. Friedman

 Solutions for Hurricane Sandy-like Flooding

By Megan Hickey & Marley DelDuchetto 



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