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May 20, 2022

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: May 20, 2022

Biden plans limits on foreign data transfers; Chinese hackers target Russian defense sector; EU proposes scanning end to end encryption; U.S. will not prosecute "good faith" hackers; China pledges su…

Attorney General Merrick Garland stands in front of a White House logo.

May 16, 2022

Nigeria
Gruesome “Blasphemy” Killing Brings Nigeria’s Long-Running Ethno-Religious Divide Into Sharp Focus

Last week’s gruesome murder of Deborah Yakubu, a home economics sophomore at the Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, comes at a time of escalating social and economic tension in Nigeria, and will most certainly raise the political stakes as the country enters electioneering season in preparation for next year’s presidential election.

A sign that reads "Higher Shariah Court," a child with a bucket in the background, and an old looking building.

May 12, 2022

China
An Analysis of China’s Economic Coercion Against Lithuania

An update on the poor state of Sino-Lithuanian relations.

Lithuania's President Gitanas Nauseda attends a meeting of the leaders of the Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF), at Lancaster House, in London, Britain, on March 15, 2022.

May 9, 2022

Philippines
Ferdinand Marcos Jr Appears to Have Won Convincingly: Here’s What That Means for the Philippines

Marcos Jr's decisive victory would change the political landscape in the Philippines.

Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., the son and namesake of the late Philippine dictator, delivers a speech during a campaign rally in San Fernando, Pampanga province, Philippines, on April 29, 2022.

May 6, 2022

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: May 6, 2022

Spyware found on Spanish PM's phone; U.S. says China is amplifying Russian disinformation; FBI searches of American's data have doubled; U.S. may sanction Hikvision; Cyber Command completed nine hunt…

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez stands in front of a Spanish flag.

May 6, 2022

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: U.S. Supreme Court Will Likely Overturn Roe v. Wade

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 covers April 30 to May 6.

Demonstrators gather during a protest outside the U.S. Supreme Court on May 3, 2022, after the leak of a draft majority opinion that would overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion rights decision.

May 5, 2022

India
Zia Mody: How U.S. Investors Can Do Better Business in India

To succeed in India, U.S. companies need to understand state politics and choose the right local partner. 

Zia Mody, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of AZB & Partners

May 4, 2022

Tanzania
A Stronger U.S.-Tanzania Relationship Would Be Mutually Beneficial

Tanzania’s President Samia Suluhu Hassan made the most of her recent trip to the United States, signaling a desire for an improved relationship and deeper bilateral economic ties. Given U.S. interests in a peaceful, prosperous, and democratic East Africa, and the worrying trends in the region, her charm offensive should be met with enthusiasm in Washington. The U.S.-Tanzania relationship had been strained for years, first by frustrations with corruption that siphoned off a significant portion of the sizeable foreign assistance investment Washington had made in the country, and then by concern over the autocratic governance style of Hassan’s predecessor, John Magufuli. But since assuming office after the death of Magufuli in March 2021, Hassan has moved cautiously and deliberately to shore up her own position and to change the country’s direction.

Tanzania's President Hassan wearing a head covering speaks at a podium with Vice President Harris to her left.

April 28, 2022

Sub-Saharan Africa
Africa Must Be Wary of Cutting Its Nose to Spite Its Face

Invoking historical rough justice and persistent infantilization by the West, African countries have, to widespread astonishment, refused to give a full-throated backing to Western sanctions against Russia. Seventeen of the thirty-five abstainers from the United Nations General Assembly vote on March 2, 2022, to condemn the Russian “aggression against Ukraine” were African. More troublingly, even more African countries abstained from voting on the UN April 7, 2022, resolution to suspend Russia from the UN Human Rights Council over “gross and systematic violations and abuses of human rights” in Ukraine. The latter list included South Africa, Cameroon, Ghana, and Nigeria, which hitherto had joined 140 other UN members to condemn the Russian invasion.

Kenyan Ambassador to the United nations sits in front of his microphone.

April 26, 2022

Democratic Republic of Congo
The EAC’s Challenges in Eastern Congo

The East African Community (EAC) wasted no time in wading into the complex and murky security issues bedeviling its newest member, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The DRC, which is also a member of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), joined the East African block just weeks ago. Already, the EAC has issued a statement endorsing a largely undefined political process to address insecurity in the DRC and sketching out a plan to deploy a regional joint force to confront recalcitrant actors in Congo’s volatile eastern provinces.

Soldiers wearing camouflage and blue helmets are seeing in front of a white tank. In the background, civilians gather in front of a small house.