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May 14, 2020

Ethiopia
AU Leadership Absent From Egypt and Ethiopia Dam Dispute

After years of negotiations, Egypt has written to the UN Security Council about what it considers to be Ethiopia's failure to reach an agreement over the filling and operations of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam undergoes construction work on the River Nile. The far side of the dam run up against a hewn rockface that rises above the height of the dam. In the distance, a grassy, forested mountain is seen against a dark blue sky.

April 22, 2020

Trade
When the Services Trade Data Tells You More About Tax Avoidance Than About Actual Trade…

In theory, there is a strong case for trade in services—specialization raises the productivity of all. Yet the actual data on U.S. trade in services tells a less appealing story. Far too much trad…

A woman passes a new offices construction site in St Helier, Jersey, Britain, November 9, 2017.

April 20, 2020

Cybersecurity
Questioning China’s Politicization of Cyber Intelligence During Pandemic

Recently, Chinese cybersecurity companies have reported an intrusion campaign targeting government networks and health-care systems during the COVID-19 pandemic. A campaign of this magnitude threaten…

A sign advertising the Qihoo 360 Technology Co Ltd is hung with the U.S. and Chinese flags outside of the New York Stock Exchange.

April 9, 2020

Health Policy and Initiatives
Now a Destination for Illicit Drugs, African States Need a New Approach

On March 20, Ghana's parliament passed the Narcotics Control Commission (NCC) bill in response to the dramatic growth in domestic drug consumption. The NCC treats illicit drug use as a public health crisis rather than strictly a law enforcement issue by decriminalizing certain narcotics and prioritizing treatment and rehabilitation for drug addicts. This is an important shift in Africa’s approach to combating the trade and use of illicit drugs.

A hand passes a plastic cup of a dose of methadone through a barred window to the hand of a recovering drug addict at a Medication Assisted Therapy clinic run by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) at Karuri Level 4 hospital in Kiambu, Kenya, on October 3, 2019.

April 3, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: The Coronavirus, Foreign Policy, and Election 2020

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. This week: the coronavirus’s impact on Election 2020, calls for sanctions relief for Iran, and authoritarian …

A blue sign that says "VOTE" with an arrow points voters toward a polling station in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, during the 2018 midterm elections.

February 3, 2020

Australia
Morrison Struggles Amidst His Bushfire Response

Daniel Flitton is the editor of The Interpreter, a digital magazine published daily by the Lowy Institute in Sydney. When political dramas unfold in real life, they never seem to feature that one …

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is seen visiting a fire-damaged property on Stokes Bay on Kangaroo Island, southwest of Adelaide, Australia, on January 8, 2020.

March 27, 2020

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: March 27, 2020

World Health Organization targeted by hackers; EU Parliament will temporarily allow members to vote by email; Chinese information operations copying some Russian tactics, expert says; Hackers exploit…

A logo is pictured on the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters.

March 26, 2020

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
The Multilateral System Still Cannot Get Its Act Together on COVID-19

In the absence of U.S. leadership, multilateral responses to COVID-19 have been inadequate to date.

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz speaks via video link as he sits at a desk, with a monitor displaying "G20" in the background.

March 18, 2020

Nigeria
Nigeria Considers National DRR Agency Amid Boko Haram Setbacks

On February 19, 2020, Senator Ibrahim Gaidam, the former governor of Yobe State, introduced legislation to create the National Agency for Deradicalization, Rehabilitation, and Reintegration of Repentant Insurgents. Gaidam represents Yobe state, which borders Borno and has been affected by the insurgency. The bill’s purpose is to rehabilitate Boko Haram defectors and prevent violent extremism in Nigeria.

Freed inmates walk in a line after they were released and handed over to state officials for rehabilitation and integration after they were detained for up to four years over suspicion of links with Boko Haram jihadists during an official ceremony at the Giwa military barracks, in Maiduguri, on November 27, 2019.

February 24, 2020

China
African Students in Wuhan Confront Staying Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Almost 5,000 African students study in Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak. To date, health officials reported over 2,000 deaths and more than 70,000 infections across mainland China. In response, many governments have moved to evacuate their citizens from Hubei province, where Wuhan is. China is Africa's most important trading partner, and African governments are concerned about the coronavirus spreading to the continent. 

A young female traveller in a blue hoodie with a medical mask passes a ticket to the gate agent at the Addis airport.