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A Tale of Two Interventions: U.S. Content to Contain Islamic State Group and Ebola

President Barack Obama speaks at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 (AP photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais).
By Judah Grunstein
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Despite obvious differences, the U.S. military missions against the Islamic State group and the Ebola virus share many similarities. Perhaps most significantly, both can be contained with limited interventions, but to defeat them will require resources the U.S. is unlikely to commit. more

Boko Haram, Corruption Purges Put Cameroon on Edge

By Alex Thurston
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Alongside the political risks of President Paul Biya’s desire to stay in power indefinitely, two short-term problems stoke anxiety in Cameroon: the potential for destructive escalation in the fight with Boko Haram, and the ambiguous effects of an aggressive anti-corruption campaign. more