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February 28, 2020

West Africa
As Militaries Struggle in the Sahel, Jihadis Cooperate

According to The Washington Post, jihadi groups with ties to al-Qaeda and the Islamic State (IS) are working together to gain control of a large part of the Sahel, the border region between the Sahara and the better-watered pasture and agricultural lands to the south. The story’s sources are identified as U.S. and local officials on the ground. “What we’ve seen is not just random acts of violence under a terrorist banner,” says Brigadier General Dagvin Anderson, head of U.S. Special Operations in Africa. “But a deliberate campaign that is trying to bring these various groups under a common cause.

Armed Burkinabe soldiers ride in a truck, facing to the left and the right, as it drives down a dirt road during a patrol in the Sahel region of Burkina Faso.

March 25, 2020

Brazil
Brazil-EU Cyber Cooperation: Swinging Bridges on the Road to Stability in Cyberspace

The February 20 Brazil-EU Cyber Dialogue signaled the most recent step taken by Brasília and Brussels to collaborate on advancing responsible state behavior in cyberspace. While there have sometimes …

France's President Emmanuel Macron, Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, European Council President Donald Tusk, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, and Argentina's President Mauricio Macri during a news conference.

September 13, 2019

Nigeria
Niger and Nigeria Governors Pledge to Cooperate on Cross-Border Crime

Zakari Oumoru, the governor of Maradi, a region (equivalent to a state) in Niger, hosted a cross-border meeting with the Nigerian governors of Katsina, Sokoto, and Zamfara states to focus on cross-border crime, particularly banditry, kidnapping, and cattle rustling. The governors of the four states signed a memorandum of understanding, the text of which has not yet been carried in the Nigerian media. However, it appears to pledge closer cooperation against cross-border crime. Also present were representatives of the Nigerian security services based in the three Nigerian states.

A soldier stands on the side of the road in front of sparse trees on a sandy landscape.

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 30, 2020

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
As COVID-19 Runs Rampant, the UN Security Council Must Act

The disastrous stalemate between the United States and China is preventing the UN Security Council from issuing a powerful resolution, or even a declaration, to mobilize the international system agai…

The chairs of the UN Security Council sit empty at UN headquarters

March 24, 2020

Coronavirus
Tackling COVID-19: A Problem So Big, You Can See It From Space

Links between COVID-19 and other global challenges underscore the importance of multilateral cooperation across a broad array of issue areas.

World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, flanked by staff members, walk toward a briefing at WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

July 3, 2019

North Korea
The Fissile State of International Nuclear Cooperation

Arms control and diplomacy are falling by the wayside as countries modernize arsenals and renew their focus on geopolitical competition.

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, in Panmunjom, South Korea, on June 30, 2019.

March 26, 2020

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
The Multilateral System Still Cannot Get Its Act Together on COVID-19

In the absence of U.S. leadership, multilateral responses to COVID-19 have been inadequate to date.

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz speaks via video link as he sits at a desk, with a monitor displaying "G20" in the background.

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.

March 22, 2020

International Economic Policy
How Asia’s Life Insurers Could “Shelter-In-Place”

Asia’s life insurers likely hold somewhere between $1.5 trillion and $2 trillion of foreign currency denominated bonds as part of their portfolio—mostly dollar denominated, but some in euros. Japanes…

Japan, Taiwan, korea Lifers' Foreign Security Holdings (USD Billions)