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October 21, 2019

Southeast Asia
Malaysia’s Voting Age Amendment: A Double-Edged Sword for Political Leaders

Brian Braun is resident program officer in Malaysia for the International Republican Institute. Follow him at @BR_Braun. Malaysia made history on July 16 when, in the country’s first unanimous par…

Opposition supporters turn on flashlights on their phones after former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad was elected as a parliamentary constituency candidate during a rally ahead of the 14th general election in Malaysia on April 15, 2018.

October 18, 2019

United States
Trump Kills the G7's Legitimacy

Questions of legitimacy have long plagued the G7. The Trump administration's announcement of the Trump National Doral resort as the venue for next year's summit marks a new low.

U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to a news conference at the end of the G7 summit in Biarritz, France.

October 18, 2019

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: October 18, 2019

Huawei redeploys U.S.-linked executives and looks to other markets; U.S. cyberattacks against Iran unveiled; Russian APT involved in 2016 DNC hack still active; United States evaluates election secur…

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin shake hands during a joint news conference after their meeting in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018.

October 17, 2019

Nigeria
Buhari Orders Land Borders Closed in Long-Running Effort to Boost Rice Production

In August, President Muhammadu Buhari ordered closed Nigeria’s land border with Benin, preventing the import of goods. The move significantly affected trade in foodstuffs. It is part of an effort to tackle smuggling and associated corruption, but also, apparently, to spur the domestic agricultural industry. On October 14, Nigeria ordered closed all of Nigeria’s borders with Benin, as well as those with all other countries, for the same reasons.

A farmer works with rice sprouts on a farm

October 17, 2019

Taiwan
Anything Interesting in Treasury's Delayed Foreign Exchange Report?

The Fall 2019 Treasury Foreign Exchange Report should send a strong warning to Thailand, Taiwan, and Singapore that their current pattern of intervention in the market would put them at risk of futur…

Anything Interesting in Treasury's Delayed Foreign Exchange Report?

October 15, 2019

Taiwan
What Does Taiwan’s Hidden Forward Book Mean for Taiwan’s Financial Stability and U.S. Currency Policy?

Taiwan's central bank—and Taiwanese households—have taken on an awful lot of foreign currency risk over the years …

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October 11, 2019

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: October 11, 2019

Top Chinese AI firms added to export blacklist; Iranian hackers target 2020 campaigns; uncertain future for Libra cryptocurrency; U.S. companies confronted by Beijing’s censors on Hong Kong; and Twit…

 A fan is seen wearing a LeBron James jersey with an NBA logo covered by a Chinese national flag sticker during the game.

October 11, 2019

Election 2020
Election 2020 Foreign Policy Roundup: Syrian Kurds, the NBA, and LGBTQ Rights

The big foreign policy news this week was President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops who have been working with Syrian Kurds, effectively greenlighting Turkey’s subsequent invasion of …

People flee Turkish air strikes in Ras al Ain along the northern Syrian border.

October 10, 2019

Sub-Saharan Africa
Rich People and Wealth in Africa

Rich people are everywhere, and they can have something to say about the level of economic development in their home countries. Afrasia Bank and New World Wealth have just published the 2019 Africa Wealth Report, which includes North Africa and African island states in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. It identifies the continent’s six wealthiest cities, defined as total individual private wealth—equities, real estate, businesses—less liabilities. They are Johannesburg, Cape Town, Cairo, Lagos, Durban, and Nairobi.

Visitors walk past a reception with an electronic board displaying movements in major indices at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange building

October 10, 2019

Economics
Housing Market Points to Recession By Election Day

Looking back at the years preceding the 2008 financial crisis, a critical warning sign was the surging gap between the growth in home prices and household income—as can be seen in the main graphi…

Housing Market Points to Recession By Election Day