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May 15, 2020

State and Local Governments
How the Coronavirus Will Harm State and City Budgets

The coronavirus pandemic is placing enormous budget pressure on state and local governments, threatening deep and potentially lasting cuts to education, infrastructure, and other important investment…

Four people wait in line at an unemployment in Fayetteville, Arkansas, after losing their jobs due to the coronavirus outbreak.

July 16, 2020

U.S. Congress
U.S. Congress Returns to Session, Schools Grapple With Reopening, and More

The U.S. Congress returns to session; schools and universities struggle with reopening amid a surge in COVID-19 cases; and, China, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States prepare for spacecra…

Podcast Enrolees wear face masks during entrance examinations at the Heroes of the Young Guard Cadet Corps, Kreminna, Luhansk Region, eastern Ukraine.

August 13, 2020

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: August 13, 2020

U.S. national security advisor claims China is targeting election infrastructure; Belarus disrupts internet services during violent crackdown on protesters; Senator Harris’ nomination could signal be…

Democratic vice presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris speaks at a campaign event.

August 13, 2020

Human Trafficking
The Evolution of Human Trafficking During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated human lives, the global economy, and educational systems. Given the enormous financial hardship on families, the mass movement of people, and the closing of schoo…

Human Trafficking Thrives During COVID-19

August 13, 2020

Sub-Saharan Africa
A Conversation with Dr. K.Y. Amoako on the Future of African Development

CFR Senior Fellow for Africa Studies Michelle Gavin interviews Founder and President of the African Center for Economic Transformation Dr. K.Y. Amoako.

Workers of a local factory begin the production of personal protective gear for local frontline health workers as commissioned by the government, during the partial lockdown in Accra to slow the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Accra, Ghana April 10, 2020.

August 12, 2020

Mali
What to Know About the Crisis in Mali

Opposition supporters, fed up with a corrupt political system, lack of economic opportunity, and continued violence, are demanding the president’s resignation.

August 11, 2020

Iraq
Iraq’s New Government: What to Know

Iraq’s new prime minister has formed a government in the hope of uniting the country’s factions, but challenges in combating corruption, powerful militias, and foreign influence loom.

August 11, 2020

Afghanistan
What to Know About the Afghan Peace Negotiations

The Center for Preventive Action has compiled an accessible overview of the Afghan peace negotiations, including the U.S.-Taliban agreement, the U.S.-Afghan government joint declaration, and the ongo…

An Afghan man walks past a wall painted with a photo of U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad in Kabul, Afghanistan, on April 13, 2020.

August 10, 2020

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: August 1-7

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from August 1 to 7, 2020.

Map of Nigeria shaded in red to reflect Nigeria Security Tracker-documented deaths per state. Borno state, the northeastern-most state, is dark red, while the rest of the country are shades of pink.

August 10, 2020

United States
Why Does the Census Matter?

The U.S. census, one of the few in the world to directly count every resident, is used to distribute political power as well as federal funding. In 2020, it faces complications due to the coronavirus…

Aerial shot suburban LA