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April 7, 2020

Americas
Coronavirus Is Killing Lopez Obrador’s Big Plans for Mexico

His “Fourth Transformation” is a victim of his failure to take the pandemic seriously.

Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador shows his amulets, which he says serves him as a "protective shield" against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) along with his honesty and not allowing corruption, during a news conference at the National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico March 18, 2020.

April 7, 2020

South Africa
President Ramaphosa Leads Strong Response to COVID-19 in South Africa

On March 27, President Cyril Ramaphosa and Health Minister Zweli Mkhize imposed on South Africa one of the strictest lockdowns outside of China to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Among the prohibited activities: dog-walking, jogging, the sale of alcohol, and leaving a place of residence (except for emergencies). At the time restrictions were put in place, South Africa had around 1,000 cases and had just recorded its first deaths. 

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, dressed in military fatigues, stands before a podium with many microphones and gestures as he addresses members of the South African Defense Force before their deployment ahead of a nationwide lockdown for three weeks to try to contain the coronavirus disease outbreak, in Johannesburg, March 26, 2020.

April 6, 2020

Japan
Abe Declares National Emergency over COVID-19

Prime Minister Abe today announced that he was placing seven regions of Japan, Tokyo and its neighboring prefectures of Saitama, Kanagawa, and Chiba, as well as Osaka, Hyogo, and Fukuoka under a stat…

A man wearing a protective face mask, following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), walks past a closed cherry blossom viewing spot during the first weekend after Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike (not pictured) urged Tokyo residents to stay indoors in a bid to keep the coronavirus disease from spreading, at Ueno park in Tokyo, Japan March 28, 2020.

April 6, 2020

Cybersecurity
Huawei and the Third Offset

In order to effectively mitigate the security risks posed by Huawei, the U.S. Department of Defense needs to fund and integrate cutting-edge technologies from the private sector.

The logo of Huawei is seen in Davos, Switzerland.

April 6, 2020

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
Can the Lessons of the Coronavirus Pandemic Be Applied to Climate Change?

Contrasting COVID-19 with climate change underscores how urgency often trumps importance in motivating political action.

The 110 freeway in Los Angeles, California, is empty of traffic amid a stay-at-home order in the state.

April 6, 2020

Oil and Petroleum Products
Oil Ground Zero: Running Out of Storage

In recent days, the Donald J. Trump administration appears to have been sending mixed messages about oil. Typically, low oil prices can be a stimulus to the U.S. economy, but that is in situations wh…

 A local mural takes on new meaning while a United Parcel Service (UPS) delivery truck pauses at a traffic light, as the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Washington, U.S., March 27, 2020.

April 6, 2020

Southeast Asia
Autocrats Take Advantage of Coronavirus

Azerbaijan’s dictator, Ilham Aliyev, is a wily survivor. He woos European democracies with gas exports, hosts the Eurovision song contest and wins $100 million offers of military aid from the United …

Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen welcomes crews of MS Westerdam, a cruise ship that spent two weeks at sea after being turned away by five countries over fears that someone aboard might have the coronavirus, as it docks in Sihanoukville, Cambodia on February 14, 2020.

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.

April 3, 2020

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: April 3, 2020

Zoom faces scrutiny for privacy and security practices; Microsoft ends outside investment in facial recognition technology; Marriott guest records stolen in massive data breach; Iranian hackers targe…

Small toy figures are seen in front of diplayed Zoom logo.

April 3, 2020

Coronavirus
How Jihadi Groups in Africa Will Exploit COVID-19

As the COVID-19 outbreak begins to spread in earnest in Africa, we can expect so-called jihadi groups on the continent to try to take advantage of the crisis to unleash violence and recruit members. We are already seeing indications that this has started happening. Governments, development workers, and aid agencies need to be made aware of this threat and take steps to deny these brutal militias more room to operate.

A soldier carrying a rifle in military fatigues observes temperature checks at the border between Abuja and Nasarawa states in Nigeria, as the authorities try to limit the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), on March 30, 2020.