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May 15, 2020

Afghanistan
Women This Week: Attack on Maternity Ward in Kabul

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 May 7 to May 15, was compiled by Maleeha …

An Afghan nurse observes newborn children who lost their mothers during an attack at a hospital, in Kabul, Afghanistan May 13, 2020.

May 22, 2020

United States
Remembering Those Memorial Day Honors

The United States has fought twelve major wars and numerous smaller skirmishes in its history. Memorial Day is how we honor the soldiers, sailors, airmen, airwomen, and marines who did not return hom…

Memorial Day

February 19, 2020

Nigeria
Nigeria Making Its Mark on the English Language

In its February update, the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) includes numerous new words of Nigerian origin. Many of the words relate to food preparation, urban transportation, the shortening of conventional English words, and the incorporation of words from indigenous languages. For example, ‘mama put’ refers to female food venders, ‘okada’ are passenger-carrying motorcycles, ‘guber’ refers to gubernatorial, and ‘danfo’ is the Yoruba work for urban minibuses.

Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie speaks at a podium, effectively a high-table. She is wearing a blouse of varying shades of orange, and is standing in front of a black background speckled with white.

May 11, 2020

Australia
COVID-19, and China, Further Drive a Wedge in the U.S.-Australia Relationship

This post is part of an Asia Unbound series of voices from Asia on the COVID-19 crisis, and on its implications for Asia and for Asian views of the United States. The post is authored by Daniel Flitt…

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks during a joint press conference held with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at Admiralty House in Sydney, Australia, on February 28, 2020.

May 8, 2020

United States
Five Points about U.S. Trade Over the Last Thirty Years

A few things that jumped out at me about the U.S. trade data. Some no doubt are controversial. 

Five Points about U.S. Trade Over the Last Thirty Years

May 5, 2020

Turkey
Turkey Shows the Value of Balance Sheet Analysis

Selling reserves borrowed from the banks ultimately puts the health of Turkey's banks at risk.

Turkish External Debt (USD BIllions)

May 5, 2020

Democratic Republic of Congo
A Conversation With Martin Fayulu on Political Power and the Future of the Democratic Republic of Congo

CFR Senior Fellow for Africa Michelle Gavin interviews President of the Citizenship and Development Party in the Democratic Republic of Congo Martin Fayulu.

Congolese opposition leader Martin Fayulu speaks to his supporters during a rally in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, February 2, 2019

May 1, 2020

Democratic Republic of Congo
A Conversation With Martin Fayulu on Political Power and the Future of the Democratic Republic of Congo

CFR Senior Fellow for Africa Michelle Gavin interviews President of the Citizenship and Development Party in the Democratic Republic of Congo Martin Fayulu.

Martin Fayulu speaks to his supporters during a rally in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, on February 2, 2019.

May 1, 2020

South Africa
Amid COVID-19 Pandemic in South Africa, Zuma One Step Closer to Justice

Easy to overlook among the COVID-19 headlines is a positive development involving the prosecution of former President Jacob Zuma.

Former South African President Jacob Zuma appears in court where he faces charges that include fraud, racketeering and money laundering in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, on October 15, 2019.

April 30, 2020

Asia
Vietnam’s Successful Battle Against COVID-19

This post is part of an Asia Unbound series of voices from Asia on the COVID-19 crisis, and on its implications for Asia and for Asian views of the United States. The post is authored by Huong Le Thu…

Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc waits for the start of a special video conference with leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Hanoi on April 14, 2020.