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June 14, 2020

United States
Happy Birthday to the U.S. Army!

The United States Army celebrates its 245th birthday today. If you see an active duty, former, or retired member of the United States Army today, wish their service Happy Birthday. The Army provid…

Army birthday

March 16, 2020

U.S. Congress
Andrew Yang’s Moment: The Economic Costs of the Pandemic Mean the Time for UBI Is Now

As fears of the growing coronavirus pandemic are leading to something close to a temporary shutdown of the U.S. economy, the moment has come to listen to the most important young political voice in t…

Andrew Yang

June 1, 2020

Cybersecurity
New Cyber Brief: Banning Covert Foreign Election Interference

The United States is one of the countries that is most susceptible to foreign election interference. To safeguard the U.S. elections in November, Robert K. Knake argues that the United States and oth…

U.S. President Donald J. Trump participates in an executive order signing at the White House, in Washington, DC, on December 11, 2019.

May 14, 2020

Cybersecurity
Is Digital Always Better?

Digital technology has been widely embraced, especially during the coronavirus pandemic. However, in some situations, it could actually make systems more prone to unpredictable accidents. Policymaker…

Computer network equipment is seen in a server room in Vienna, Austria.

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 6, 2020

Sub-Saharan Africa
COVID-19 is Coinciding with Dangerous Trends in Burundi's Democracy

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s full steam ahead in Burundi with regard to the presidential and parliamentary elections slated for May 20.  

Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza attends a campaign rally at the Bugendana Stadium in Gitega Province, Burundi April 27, 2020

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.

April 14, 2020

China
Looking Back at China's 2019 Balance of Payments Data

Trump's trade war didn't really put a dent in China's balance of payments. And China looks like it has the kind of external balance sheet needed to weather the corona virus shock. China has a lot of …

Looking Back at China's 2019 Balance of Payments Data

April 1, 2020

Nigeria
Lagos and Abuja on Lockdown to Stop Coronavirus in Nigeria

President Buhari has ordered the lockdown of Lagos and Abuja, Nigeria’s commercial and political capitals, as part of the effort to contain the coronavirus. Lagos poses enormous challenges to “social distancing,” but it also has governance advantages other parts of Nigeria lack. Abuja is less crowded and in some areas has better infrastructure. It is also under the direct control of the Federal government. According to the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus tracker, as of the morning of April 1, Nigeria had 140 active confirmed cases, 2 deaths, and 9 people recovered. Nigeria recorded its first case of coronavirus in the country on February 25. 

A street-level view of a deserted road in the central business district is pictured on the first day of a 14-day lockdown aimed at limiting the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Lagos, Nigeria, on March 31, 2020.