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Al-Shabaab uses international aid money to fund its operations
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Al-Shabaab uses international aid money to fund its operations

A United Nations investigation has revealed that portions of aid money from international partners, including the United States, given by the UN to people displaced by conflict and famine in Somalia, are ending up in the hands of al-Shabaab. This reinforces our belief, with high confidence, that al-Shabaab is in a general state of resurgence in southern Somalia due to the declining influence of international aid in the Horn of Africa. Continue reading

US-Cuba relations remain tense amid release of new medical study
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US-Cuba relations remain tense amid release of new medical study

he United States Department of State recently released a medical study concerning US government personnel stationed at the American Embassy in Havana, who experienced a wide array of neurological ailments in 2016 and 2017. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), reinforces our belief that relations between the US and Cuba will not improve in 2018. This is largely due to the decreasing level of trust between Washington and Havana regarding the health and safety of US diplomatic personnel stationed in the Cuban capital. Continue reading

CIB holds its third symposium at the Myrtle Beach Education Center
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CIB holds its third symposium at the Myrtle Beach Education Center

Over 70 people gathered at the Myrtle Beach Education Center on the morning of Thursday, December 7, for the third Chanticleer Intelligence Brief Symposium. The event featured timely updates about some of the world’s most critical hot spots by a panel of CIB Analysts. It was held in conjunction with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Coastal Carolina University, and supported by the Edwards College of Humanities and Arts at Coastal Carolina University. Continue reading

CIB and EIA publish third issue of The Intelligence Review
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CIB and EIA publish third issue of The Intelligence Review

The CIB is pleased to announce the publication of the third issue of The Intelligence Review, a volume of useful analytical forecasts by CIB analysts, which relate to some of the most pressing questions in global security today. The volume is the product of a transatlantic collaboration between the CIB and the European Intelligence Academy (EIA), a network of intelligence studies scholars, specialists and students, who are dedicated to promoting international collaboration in intelligence scholarship and research. Continue reading

CIB Saudi Arabia analyst reflects on the lifting of women’s driving ban
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CIB Saudi Arabia analyst reflects on the lifting of women’s driving ban

CIB Saudi Arabia Analyst Antigua Clyburn spent much of 2017 researching the development of women’s rights in the Kingdom. In April of this year, she concluded her analytical assessment with the following sentence: “It can be stated with moderate-high confidence that women will gain more rights in Saudi Arabia in 2017”. The senior Intelligence and National Security Studies major and Geographic Information Systems minor from Sumter, South Carolina, was spot on. In September, a royal decree lifted the ban on women drivers in the conservative Sunni country. We spoke with Antigua about her reaction to the news from the Kingdom. Continue reading