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April 27, 2020

Elections and Voting
Weighing the Risks of Remote Voting Technology

As the United States attempts to ensure that its citizens can safely vote during the COVID-19 pandemic, some have suggested that it should embrace remote voting technologies. However, these systems p…

Voter Rachel Messenger wears a sign reading "Thank you for risking your life to vote" as she waits in line outside Riverside University High School to cast a ballot during the presidential primary election held amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

April 24, 2020

Coronavirus
The States and Reopening Under COVID-19: Why We Need North American Cooperation

This post is coauthored by Laurie Trautman, the director of the Border Policy Research Institute at Western Washington University, and a global fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center; and Edward Alden, …

Peace Arch Historical State Park

April 23, 2020

South Korea
South Korea: How History Informed Battle With Covid-19

The 2014 Sewol ferry disaster and 2015 MERS both shaped the current administration’s successful response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

A woman wearing a face mask in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), walks past a voter at a polling booth in Seoul, South Korea, on April 15, 2020.

April 22, 2020

Cybersecurity
U.S. Cyber Command’s Malware Inoculation: Linking Offense and Defense in Cyberspace

"Defend forward" is frequently misunderstood to be purely offensive in nature. However, U.S. Cyber Command's malware inoculation initiative illustrates how the strategy also serves defensive objectiv…

Cyber defense operations at the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command.

April 21, 2020

Nigeria
Presidential Gatekeeper and Confidant, Abba Kyari, Dies From COVID-19

On April 18, President Muhammadu Buhari announced that his chief of staff, Abba Kyari, died from COVID-19 on the previous day. This is a tragedy for Nigeria and for the administration of President Bu…

Men wearing protective gear carry the coffin of the Nigerian president's chief of staff, Abba Kyari, who died on Friday after contracting the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Nigeria April 18, 2020.

April 21, 2020

Israel
Israel’s Unusual Crisis Coalition: What to Expect

Benjamin Netanyahu and his top political rival have made a pact amid a pandemic, prolonging the embattled prime minister’s political career and likely reinforcing Israel’s nationalistic direction.

April 20, 2020

Iran
Iran Unlikely to Negotiate With the United States in the Near-Term

Amir Asmar is a Department of Defense analyst and CFR’s national intelligence fellow. Throughout his intelligence career, his primary area of focus has been the Middle East. He held a wide range of a…

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks at a cabinet meeting in Tehran, Iran, on April 8.

April 20, 2020

Financial Markets
OPEC Plus’ Zero-Sum Oil Game

Prior to the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, international sanctions had severely curtailed Iraq’s oil industry. Oil production sat at 1.4 million barrels a day (b/d). Iraq’s beleaguered refining indu…

The Suezmax sized oil tanker Karvounis lies at anchor south of Port Fourchon, Louisiana, U.S.

April 20, 2020

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
What Is the Ebola Virus?

Endemic to the African tropics, the Ebola virus has killed thousands in recent years, putting the World Health Organization and major donor countries in the limelight as they’ve grappled with how to …

A health-care worker stands next to a cross during the funeral of a person suspected of dying of Ebola in Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo.