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February 21, 2020

Southeast Asia
Duterte Terminates the Visiting Forces Agreement … or Does He?

Last week, after hinting at it for some time, Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte officially announced he would terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States. Under the agreem…

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures during his fourth State of the Nation Address at the Philippine Congress in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines on July 22, 2019.

April 3, 2020

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: April 3, 2020

Zoom faces scrutiny for privacy and security practices; Microsoft ends outside investment in facial recognition technology; Marriott guest records stolen in massive data breach; Iranian hackers targe…

Small toy figures are seen in front of diplayed Zoom logo.

April 3, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: The Coronavirus, Foreign Policy, and Election 2020

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. This week: the coronavirus’s impact on Election 2020, calls for sanctions relief for Iran, and authoritarian …

A blue sign that says "VOTE" with an arrow points voters toward a polling station in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, during the 2018 midterm elections.

April 3, 2020

Coronavirus
How Jihadi Groups in Africa Will Exploit COVID-19

As the COVID-19 outbreak begins to spread in earnest in Africa, we can expect so-called jihadi groups on the continent to try to take advantage of the crisis to unleash violence and recruit members. We are already seeing indications that this has started happening. Governments, development workers, and aid agencies need to be made aware of this threat and take steps to deny these brutal militias more room to operate.

A soldier carrying a rifle in military fatigues observes temperature checks at the border between Abuja and Nasarawa states in Nigeria, as the authorities try to limit the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), on March 30, 2020.

April 3, 2020

Coronavirus
After the Pandemic: Can the United States Finally Retool for the Twenty-First Century?

Over the more than half a century since the United States embraced its integration into the global economy, it has produced both the strongest and the weakest of the advanced economies. The streng…

New York Police Officer Times Square Coronavirus

December 7, 2012

Japan
David P. Janes: Japan, Beyond Tomorrow

This blog post is part of a series entitled Is Japan in Decline?, in which leading experts analyze Japan’s economy, politics, and society and give their assessment of Japan’s future. During a recent…

Buildings are silhouetted against the setting sun in front of Mount Fuji in Tokyo

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 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.

March 24, 2020

Coronavirus
Coronavirus in South Asia, March 24, 2020: Outbreak in Pakistan and India on Lockdown

No country in South Asia has been fully spared by the coronavirus pandemic. This week Pakistan’s confirmed cases of COVID-19 ticked up dramatically, and India moved into a near-complete lockdown. Wit…

A life-size elephant statue with a face mask on a wheeled platform faces the camera through a narrow street.