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April 1, 2020

China
The Sinicization of Russia’s Cyber Sovereignty Model

In recent years, Russia has mimicked China's model of cyber sovereignty. This will likely harm Russian domestic security and influence in its near-abroad.

Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the nation.

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.

March 31, 2020

Technology and Innovation
Time to Open-Source Ventilators

Thus far, the U.S. government has yet to come up with a plan to produce the amount of ventilators that experts say are necessary to serve patients afflicted with COVID-19. It should now force ventila…

A worker at Flowfold using one of their newly designed masks on the production line.

March 31, 2020

Nigeria
Lamido Sanusi: A Man of Nigeria’s Past and Possibly Its Future

On March 9, the governor of Kano state removed Sanusi Lamido Sanusi from his position as Emir of Kano, which is usually regarded as the second or third most important Muslim traditional ruler in Nigeria, and an Islamic scholar. There is speculation, especially among some Nigerian expats, that he is looking to launch a political career, perhaps even contesting for the presidency in 2023.

Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Nigeria's central bank governor at the time, gestures as he speaks during an interview with Reuters in his office in Lagos.

March 27, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: Campaigning Amid a Pandemic

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. This week: The coronavirus pushes the Democratic presidential primaries to the sidelines, the Defense Product…

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a virtual roundtable streamed from his Wilmington, Delaware, home on March 25.

March 27, 2020

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: March 27, 2020

World Health Organization targeted by hackers; EU Parliament will temporarily allow members to vote by email; Chinese information operations copying some Russian tactics, expert says; Hackers exploit…

A logo is pictured on the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters.

March 27, 2020

Nigeria
President Buhari’s Top Aide Tests Positive for Coronavirus in Nigeria

Abba Kyari, President Muhammadu Buhari's chief of staff, has tested positive for coronavirus following a trip to Germany and Egypt, according to Nigerian media. So, too, have at least three of his staffers. Nigerian media describes Kyari as "very sick," and that he has been removed from Abuja to an infectious disease treatment center in Lagos.

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari attends the opening of the 56th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government in Abuja, Nigeria, on December 21, 2019.

March 27, 2020

United Kingdom
Five Questions on Gender Equality in Foreign Policy: Joanna Roper

This blog post is part of the Women and Foreign Policy program’s interview series on Gender Equality in Foreign Policy, featuring global and U.S. officials leading initiatives to promote gender equal…

Joanna Roper, Special Envoy Women and Girls speaking at an International Women's Day event in London, 2017.

March 26, 2020

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
The Multilateral System Still Cannot Get Its Act Together on COVID-19

In the absence of U.S. leadership, multilateral responses to COVID-19 have been inadequate to date.

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz speaks via video link as he sits at a desk, with a monitor displaying "G20" in the background.

March 25, 2020

China
China Needs More Progressive Taxes and More Spending on Public Health

China needs its own version of Rutger Bregman …  

A heart-shaped Chinese flag installation ahead of the 70th founding anniversary of People's Republic of China is seen on a street in Shanghai, China September 26, 2019.