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October 8, 2019

Sub-Saharan Africa
A New Challenge to Confront: Rising Illicit Drug Use

New research suggests that African policymakers focused on the future have yet another pressing issue to add to their already full plate: A study released on the margins of the UN General Assembly meeting and funded by the European Union indicates that Africa will be the site of the world’s largest increase in illegal drug use over the next few decades.

A recovering drug addict receives his dose of methadone at a Medication Assisted Therapy clinic run by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) at Karuri Level 4 hospital in Kiambu, Kenya October 3, 2019.

October 8, 2019

Taiwan
Could Taiwan’s Commercial Banks Cover the Lifers' Hedging Need? (Part 4)

Who is on the other side of the massive ($250 billion) hedging need of Taiwan's life insurance industry? The local banking system covers at most a quarter of the life insurers hedging need, and forei…

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October 4, 2019

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: October 4, 2019

Lawmakers propose $1 billion to replace Huawei equipment in rural networks; Singapore launches ASEAN cybersecurity research center; governments hold social media platforms accountable for content; DO…

A 3D printed Facebook logo is placed on broken glass above a printed EU flag in this illustration taken.

October 4, 2019

Nigeria
The Legacy of Nigeria's 1999 Transition to Democracy

Commentators, especially outside Nigeria, saw the elections of 2015 as an important milestone for the country’s democratic development breaking the pattern of rigged elections. However, could it be that it was the elections of 2011 that really broke the pattern, and the elections of 2015 merely restored it? Were in fact the elections of 2015 much better than those before and after? Did the political classes determine that Jonathan had to go, in part because of the deteriorating economy and security situation, but also understanding that the 1998–9 bargain struck between the south and the north be restored? Will the bargain survive in 2023? 

Obasanjo walks past a cheering crowd in a white robe.

October 4, 2019

Elections and Voting
Women This Week: Colombian Candidate Killed

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post, covering September 24 to October 1, was compiled b…

A pro-choice demonstrator rises her fist during a session of the local congress as lawmakers are due to vote on legislation that decriminalized abortion in Oaxaca, Mexico September 25, 2019.

October 4, 2019

Taiwan
Shadow FX Intervention in Taiwan: Solving a 100+ billion dollar enigma (Part 2)

Large-scale purchases of foreign bonds have become the central flow sustaining Taiwan’s massive current account surplus and keeping the Taiwan dollar weak. The size of this flow raises the question o…

Shadow FX Intervention in Taiwan: Solving a 100+ billion dollar enigma (Part 2)

October 1, 2019

Australia
The President's Inbox: Charles Edel and John Lee on the U.S.-Australia Alliance

The newest episode of The President’s Inbox is live. I sat down with Charles Edel and John Lee, fellows at the University of Sydney’s United States Studies Centre, to talk about the future of the U.S…

Australia touts its history with the United States outside its embassy in Washington, D.C.

September 30, 2019

Puerto Rico
Is Puerto Rico Back on a Path Toward Debt Sustainability?

The plan of adjustment put forward by the oversight board, if approved by enough creditors and the courts, would cut Puerto Rico’s tax supported debt from $50 billion to $25 billion and smooth its re…

Is Puerto Rico Back on a Path Toward Debt Sustainability?

September 30, 2019

United States
Election 2020: Steve Bullock, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Can one of the last candidates to enter the 2020 race be the last one standing? Steve Bullock certainly hopes so. The Montana governor waited until after twenty-one other Democrats had declared for t…

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September 27, 2019

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: September 27, 2019

ECJ rules GDPR "right to be forgotten" does not extend beyond EU; Chinese companies innovate without U.S. components; debate over cyber norms plays out at UN General Assembly; leaked documents implic…

Alibaba's Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Jeff Zhang holds a new self-developed AI chip Hanguang 800 at the Alibaba Cloud Computing Conference in Yunqi of Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China September 25, 2019.