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April 30, 2020

South Korea
The Pandemic Election and Moon's Leadership Choices

Only performance, not ideology, will enable Moon's ruling party to secure a lasting legacy.  

South Korean President Moon Jae-in wears a mask and plastic gloves to protect against COVID-19 as he votes in the parliamentary elections at a polling station in Seoul, South Korea, on April 10, 2020.

May 28, 2020

South Africa
President Ramaphosa Tries to Thread the Needle on COVID-19 in South Africa

Cyril Ramaphosa established an anti-virus regime: social distancing and a lockdown. And the virus "curve" indeed appeared to flatten. He gets good international press, but must deal with a restive and poor population.

South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa, in a dark grey suit without a tie and a green facemask, sits on a made bed at a coronvirus treatment center. A hand gestures in the foreground and a man in a suit and tied with a mask flanks Ramaphosa.

May 27, 2020

Russia
Russia's Complex Oil Reality

This is a guest post by Hunter Kornfeind, intern for Energy and Climate Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations and current student at Temple University. Russia is coping with a new reality fro…

Workers stand next to a logo of Russia's Rosneft oil company at the central processing facility of the Rosneft-owned Priobskoye oil field outside the West Siberian city of Nefteyugansk, Russia.

May 26, 2020

Germany
Could the German International Arrest Warrant Against a GRU Hacker Prompt European Sanctions?

Germany's federal prosecutor has issued an international arrest warrant for suspected GRU hacker Dmitriy Sergeyevich Badin. This hints at the use of the European Union's Cyber Sanctions Regime to pun…

German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses a news conference.

May 22, 2020

China
Democracy in Hong Kong

As China’s power continues to grow, some fear that the considerable autonomy Hong Kong has enjoyed over the last three decades could slip away.

Protesters wearing black carry black umbrellas and stand next to a white figure that looks like the Goddess of Democracy statue in Hong Kong.

May 20, 2020

Mozambique
Preventing the Next Boko Haram in Northern Mozambique

The conflict broke out in Cabo Delgado province in the fall of 2017, and resulted in more than 1,000 deaths and forced 100,000 people to flee their homes. The group is Ahlu Sunnah Wa-Jamo (ASWJ), aka al-Shabab, with links to the Islamic State.

President Filipe Nyusi of Mozambique stands in a dark suit with a blue tie and white shirt as he is sworn in for his second term as president. Behind him, a military officer in ceremonial dress salutes him with a white-gloved hand.

May 19, 2020

Economic Crises
How Will Aviation Giants Emerge From the Pandemic?

The coronavirus has cut into few industries more deeply than aviation and aerospace, putting some strategically important companies in dire financial straits.

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 15, 2020

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: May 15, 2020

U.S. government agencies accuse China of targeting COVID-19 research; TSMC to build chip factory in Arizona; Huawei struggles internationally without Google Apps; Cyberattack targets Iranian port; an…

A logo of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) is seen at its headquarters.

May 8, 2020

Asia
Trash Trade Wars: Southeast Asia’s Problem With the World’s Waste

China’s decision to ban most trash imports has left waste-exporting countries in the lurch and Southeast Asian landfills overflowing.