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October 5, 2021

Japan
The Road Ahead for Japan’s New Prime Minister

Fumio Kishida won his party’s leadership election and yesterday Japan’s parliament voted him in as prime minister of Japan. 

Fumio Kishida, Japan's prime minister, speaks during a news conference at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Japan, October 4, 2021

May 10, 2021

Cybersecurity
The Underbelly of Ransomware Attacks: Local Governments

Local governments are under siege by ransomware. A new set of recommendations released by the Institute for Security + Technology’s Ransomware Task Force seeks to address the problem.

Computer network equipment is seen in a server room.

March 19, 2021

Niger
Niger's Mahamadou Issoufou Awarded Mo Ibrahim Prize for Excellence in African Leadership

Nigerien President Mahamadou Issoufou, set to step down after two terms as president, was last week awarded the Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership.

A picture of Nigerien President Mahamadou Issoufou speaking before the UN General Assembly.

June 8, 2020

China
Traditional Chinese Medicine: A Cure for China’s Soft Power Woes?

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chinese government has ramped up investment in promoting traditional Chinese medicine abroad while cracking down on critics at home. 

A medical worker in protective suit prepares traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for patients of the novel coronavirus with an intelligent dispensing equipment at a pharmacy in Wuhan, China on March 2, 2020.

November 20, 2020

Mali
Mali's Amadou Touré and the Conundrum of African Leadership

Amadou Touré, coup maker, coup victim, military ruler, and eventually civilian chief of state in Mali, died last week in Istanbul at the age of seventy-two.

A picture of now-deceased Malian President Amadou Toure speaking at an event in the presidential palace in Mali.

July 14, 2020

Local and Traditional Leadership
The Prospect of Local Policing Amid Security Breakdown in Nigeria

Amotekun, known officially as the Western Nigeria Security Network, is funded by the governors and has the blessing of traditional Yoruba leaders. The Nigerian National Assembly is considering recognition and authorization of regional police forces.

A police officer in dark pants and a blue, short-sleeved shirt with a black cap, tried to block the path of protestors carrying signs on a street in Abuja. He is armed with a baton.

July 8, 2020

Demonstrations and Protests
Black Lives Matter Protests in Africa Shine a Light on Local Police Brutality

There has been reporting on police brutality in enforcing COVID-19 restrictions, especially in Kenya and South Africa, where Western media is based. The popular African perception is that police brutality is the norm.

I young black man with a light blue medical mask on which is written in red "I can't breathe," looks in the direction of the camera, with his right hand holding a black sign that says "Stop Killer Cops" and his left hand raised in a fist. He is flanked by other protestors in masks and with signs.

May 7, 2020

Sub-Saharan Africa
A Conversation With Maina Kiai on Local Empowerment and the Evolving Human Rights Landscape

CFR Senior Fellow for Africa Michelle Gavin interviews founding leader of the Alliances and Partnerships Program at Human Rights Watch Maina Kiai.

People move a cart, after the government announced a lockdown of Nairobi's storied Eastleigh district and the Old Town of Mombasa for two weeks following a jump in confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases there, Nairobi, Kenya May 7, 2020

April 30, 2020

South Korea
The Pandemic Election and Moon's Leadership Choices

Only performance, not ideology, will enable Moon's ruling party to secure a lasting legacy.  

South Korean President Moon Jae-in wears a mask and plastic gloves to protect against COVID-19 as he votes in the parliamentary elections at a polling station in Seoul, South Korea, on April 10, 2020.