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June 1, 2020

World Health Organization (WHO)
What Does the World Health Organization Do?

Since its postwar founding, the UN agency has garnered both praise and criticism for its response to international public health crises, including a new coronavirus pandemic in 2020.

A medical worker wears a white protective suit, eye goggles, and a face mask while taking a person's temperature in China.

May 12, 2020

India
India’s New Self-Reliance: What Does Modi Mean?

On Tuesday, May 12, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered a primetime address to the nation on the coronavirus (Hindi text released here, and English here). With India in a national lockdown …

Man on cell phone looking out train window

April 22, 2020

Oil and Petroleum Products
As Oil Collapses, so Does a Vital Source of African Revenue

Accompanying the misery of the coronavirus pandemic—and exacerbated by it—has been an ongoing crisis in the oil industry. While the scale and tragedy of the coronavirus is front and center in our minds, the collapse of oil is more abstract, and its long term consequences will be serious. Especially in Africa, the collapse of oil is likely to devastate government revenue at exactly the same time the continent faces the astronomical costs of responding to the coronavirus and looming famine.

Kaombo Norte floating oil platform is seen from a helicopter off the coast of Angola, November 8, 2018

June 4, 2020

Censorship and Freedom of Expression
Trump’s Executive Order: What to Know About Section 230

President Trump wants to scale back a law that protects social media companies such as Twitter from liability for what their users post. Why is it controversial?   

President Donald Trump's Twitter profile is shown against a backdrop of the Twitter logo.

June 3, 2020

China
China Standards 2035 and the Plan for World Domination—Don’t Believe China’s Hype

Although U.S. officials have grown increasingly concerned about China's participation in technical standards bodies and its forthcoming plan, China Standards 2035, it is important to distinguish post…

Chinese President Xi Jinping.

June 2, 2020

Space
The Artemis Accords and the Next Generation of Outer Space Governance

The United States is pursuing bilateral agreements to shape international space law.

NASA rolls back the the Artemis launch tower from Pad 39B at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida

June 2, 2020

Coronavirus
Graphing the Pandemic Economy

In a fast-evolving crisis like a pandemic, GDP and other conventional economic metrics are simply too slow to be useful for policymakers who need to make decisions about when to lock down and reopen …

April 17, 2020

European Union
How Does the European Union Work?

The European Union has navigated a thicket of external and internal crises in recent years, including mass migration and Brexit. What are the union’s core institutions, and what roles do they play?

The chamber of the European Parliament during a voting session at the EU parliament's headquarters in Strasbourg..

April 9, 2020

Taiwan
Why Does the WHO Exclude Taiwan?

The world could learn from Taiwan’s success in responding to the coronavirus pandemic, yet it doesn’t have a seat at the World Health Organization.

June 1, 2020

South China Sea
Rising Tensions in the South China Sea

The risk of a military confrontation between the United States and China in the South China Sea is growing. In a new Center for Preventive Action report, Oriana Skylar Mastro details how the United S…

A member of the Australian Navy stands behind a gun while watching the USS Bunker Hill move into position during a joint U.S.-Australia training exercise in the South China Sea on April 14, 2020.