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April 6, 2020

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
Can the Lessons of the Coronavirus Pandemic Be Applied to Climate Change?

Contrasting COVID-19 with climate change underscores how urgency often trumps importance in motivating political action.

The 110 freeway in Los Angeles, California, is empty of traffic amid a stay-at-home order in the state.

April 3, 2020

Italy
An Emergency Inside an Emergency: How Quarantine Has Changed Life for Women in Italy

Lombardy, Italy's most populous region, is in its third week of wide-spread quarantine. Dr. Jocelyn Kelly spoke with Italian gender researchers to learn how the quarantine is changing the lives of wo…

A woman walks on the Ponte Sisto with her daughter in the Trastevere district as the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Rome, Italy, April 2, 2020.

March 20, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: Will Joe Biden Change His Foreign Policy?

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. This week: Democratic visions for a new direction in foreign policy, calls for a relaxation of U.S. sanctions…

Former Vice President Joe Biden gestures forward as he stands behind a podium at the March 15 Democratic primary debate in Washington, DC.

March 20, 2020

Coronavirus
How One Small Change Could Better Prepare Africa for the Coronavirus

Currently, African healthcare predominantly relies on transcription and transport of physical paper from point A to point B. Paper orders can often travel hundreds of kilometers by motorcycle from clinics to a centralized diagnostic lab. The pandemic’s speed in reaching and spreading in Africa currently lags behind that of the developed world. As of March 20, 254,653 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in 183 countries. Africa has reported a total of 745 COVID-19 cases from 34 countries, or 0.3 percent of global infections. The other 20 African nations have not yet officially declared any cases.

Two female medical practitioners in white scrubs and blue plastic aprons organize records inside a ward set aside for cholera patients at the Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, on July 19, 2017.

February 7, 2020

Zimbabwe
Little Has Changed in Post-Mugabe Zimbabwe

After thirty-seven years in power, President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe was toppled via a military coup in November 2017. His successor and former vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, promised a break from Mugabe’s authoritarian rule and economic mismanagement, declaring a “new Zimbabwe” that is “open for business.” After two years in power, to what extent has Mnangagwa delivered on his promises? In short, it’s bleak.

Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa's supporters arrive for the ruling ZANU PF party's annual conference on the outskirts of Harare, Zimbabwe, on December 13, 2019.

April 9, 2020

Health Policy and Initiatives
Now a Destination for Illicit Drugs, African States Need a New Approach

On March 20, Ghana's parliament passed the Narcotics Control Commission (NCC) bill in response to the dramatic growth in domestic drug consumption. The NCC treats illicit drug use as a public health crisis rather than strictly a law enforcement issue by decriminalizing certain narcotics and prioritizing treatment and rehabilitation for drug addicts. This is an important shift in Africa’s approach to combating the trade and use of illicit drugs.

A hand passes a plastic cup of a dose of methadone through a barred window to the hand of a recovering drug addict at a Medication Assisted Therapy clinic run by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) at Karuri Level 4 hospital in Kiambu, Kenya, on October 3, 2019.

April 8, 2020

Cybersecurity
The Cybersecurity of Health

The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the need for a patient-centric approach to the cybersecurity of healthcare technology systems.

A medical officer checks devices at an emergency hospital.

April 8, 2020

South Africa
The Pandemic Offers New Opportunities for South African Leadership in the Region

Since assuming office in 2018, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has consistently disappointed those who hoped that he would usher in a new era of South African leadership in foreign policy.

 President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers his State of the Nation address at parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, February 13, 2020

April 6, 2020

Oil and Petroleum Products
Oil Ground Zero: Running Out of Storage

In recent days, the Donald J. Trump administration appears to have been sending mixed messages about oil. Typically, low oil prices can be a stimulus to the U.S. economy, but that is in situations wh…

 A local mural takes on new meaning while a United Parcel Service (UPS) delivery truck pauses at a traffic light, as the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Washington, U.S., March 27, 2020.

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.