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May 20, 2020

Global Governance
OECD Digital Tax Negotiations Thread the Sovereignty Needle

The OECD Inclusive Framework on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting shows how to balance the demands of national sovereignty with the realities of contemporary globalization.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaks from a podium in Brussels, Belgium.

May 8, 2020

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: May 8, 2020

New UK and French tracing apps conflict with guidelines set by Apple and Google; France to use cameras to monitor mask and social distancing compliance; Facebook announces members of oversight board;…

German Chancellor Angela Merkel gives a speech at the lower house of parliament, Bundestag.

May 1, 2020

South Africa
Amid COVID-19 Pandemic in South Africa, Zuma One Step Closer to Justice

Easy to overlook among the COVID-19 headlines is a positive development involving the prosecution of former President Jacob Zuma.

Former South African President Jacob Zuma appears in court where he faces charges that include fraud, racketeering and money laundering in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, on October 15, 2019.

April 22, 2020

Trade
When the Services Trade Data Tells You More About Tax Avoidance Than About Actual Trade…

In theory, there is a strong case for trade in services—specialization raises the productivity of all. Yet the actual data on U.S. trade in services tells a less appealing story. Far too much trad…

A woman passes a new offices construction site in St Helier, Jersey, Britain, November 9, 2017.

April 17, 2020

Nigeria
Boko Haram's Shekau Labels Anti-COVID-19 Measures an Attack on Islam in Nigeria

Abubakar Shekau, a Boko Haram faction leader, kidnapper-in-chief of the Chibok school girls, notorious for his grisly videos and brutal implementation of punishments of seventh century, Middle Eastern origin, this week issued an audio recording on the coronavirus, after a long period of radio silence. 

Two policemen are seen at the gate of the Abuja National Mosque, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Abuja, Nigeria, on March 27, 2020. The mosque's dome and minarets can be seen through the gate in the background.

April 16, 2020

Burkina Faso
The Confluence of Conflict, Corruption, and Coronavirus in Burkina Faso

Before the coronavirus arrived, Burkina faced growing fighting among rival jihadi terrorists that the share goal of the destruction of the state, rival political and ethnic militias, political groups associated with the business community, remnants of the networks of former dictator Blaise Compaore, deposed in 2014, and the state security services.

A woman pushes a barrel that resembles an oil drum on its side on a cart over the dusty ground as a man rides the opposite direction on his bike. There are trees and homes in the background. The barrel is filled with water she bought from a privately-owned water tower, amid an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Taabtenga district of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on April 3, 2020.

April 10, 2020

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
Women This Week: The Gendered Effects of COVID-19

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. In the coming weeks the series will explore how the COVID-19 pandemi…

Women speak while they wait to be checked by a medical team as the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Rome, Italy, April 3, 2020.

March 12, 2020

Libya
Prospects for Peace in Libya Are Bleak

Despite recent UN efforts to coordinate talks, peace in Libya remains elusive.

Libyan protesters shout and wave Libyan flags while demanding an end to Khalifa Haftar's offensive against Tripoli.

February 13, 2020

Diplomacy and International Institutions
The Corrosion of World Order in the Age of Donald Trump

Can the world still work together to address today’s most pressing global challenges? A broken economic order, Trump’s incoherent foreign policy, and the corrosion of trust offer little to be optimis…

An American flag is illuminated in the empty U.S. Capitol rotunda in Washington, U.S. on January 24, 2020.

January 28, 2020

West Africa
Cutting U.S. Military Support for France in West Africa Would Be a Mistake

Since the last defense review more than a year ago, there has been a shift in U.S. defense priorities from countering terrorism to great power competition. Since then, the Department of Defense has been considering a drawdown of U.S. military assets in Africa, especially West Africa, presumably for redeployment to arenas of great power competition. That would be a mistake.

French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech during a press conference ahead of a G5 Sahel force meeting, with the heads of state for G5 Sahel countries, in Nouakchott, Mauritania, July 2, 2018.