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May 4, 2020

Coronavirus
Coronavirus: How Are Countries Responding to the Economic Crisis?

The coronavirus pandemic is slowing global commerce to a crawl, but many of the world’s largest economies are taking extraordinary actions to propel them through the crisis.

A pedestrian wearing a protective face mask amid the the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is reflected on a screen displaying stock prices outside a brokerage in Tokyo, Japan, on March 17, 2020.

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.

April 13, 2020

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Online Meetings Are Transforming International Relations

The outbreak of COVID-19 is forcing intergovernmental meetings online. This transition will not be easy, but it could pave the way for greater participation and openness in international affairs. 

Members of the United Nations Security Council observe a moment of silence at the beginning of a meeting.

May 28, 2020

Coronavirus
Investment in Childcare Key to Private Sector's COVID-19 Response

Voices from the Field features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development, diplomacy and security challenges. This post is author…

Children listen to stories posted by nursery staff on their app and Facebook to help parents who are stuck at home, as the spread of COVID-19 continues in Britain.

May 29, 2020

Americas
Lopez Obrador Can Save Mexico by Embracing Globalization

Strengthening global ties is the best way to escape a pandemic-induced recession and help the country’s poor.

Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador holds a news conference at the National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico, March 17, 2020.

May 29, 2020

Nigeria
Kidnapping in Nigeria: A Growth Industry

In the past, kidnapping victims in Nigeria tended to be the wealthy and the prominent. But a new report from SB Morgen, a Nigerian consulting firm, shows that, over time, the pool of potential victims has greatly expanded. Now, victims are often poor.

Nigeria's John Obi Mikel, with a water bottle, drenched in sweat in a green, white, and black patterned Nigeria jersey wears number 10. He is with coach Gernot Rohr at the Africa Cup of Nations in June 2019. A referee in a blue top and black shorts is in the background.

May 28, 2020

World Order
COVID-19 Tests World Order, Warns New CFR Report

“Along with U.S.-Soviet competition during the Cold War, COVID-19 is one of the two greatest tests of the U.S.-led international order since its founding,” warn Robert D. Blackwill, Council on Foreig…

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 28, 2020

Treaties and Agreements
Open Skies: Another Dying Arms Control Agreement?

A pending U.S. withdrawal from the Treaty on Open Skies has alarmed some allies in Europe, who fear losing a valuable means of monitoring Russia.

May 27, 2020

Grand Strategy
Trump’s Foreign Policy Doctrine? The Withdrawal Doctrine.

President Trump’s penchant for going it alone makes little sense in a world increasingly defined by global challenges that can best be met through collective action.

President Donald Trump holds up a proclamation declaring his intention to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.