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April 23, 2020

Rwanda
Why Rwanda Needs to Prepare Now for Kagame’s Promised Departure in 2024

This April marks the twenty-six-year anniversary of the Rwandan genocide and twenty years since Paul Kagame took the reins as president. For much of that time, Kagame imposed limits on the political process, democratic debate, and opposition figures. He justified these limits by saying that the country was too fragile, the wounds too fresh, and the competitive aspects of democracy too divisive for a country emerging out of a genocide. But when does that grace period end?

President Paul Kagame and First Lady Jeanette Kagame light the Rwandan genocide flame of hope, known as the "Kwibuka" (Remembering), to commemorate the 1994 Genocide at the Kigali Genocide Memorial Center in Kigali, Rwanda, on April 7, 2020. They are flanked by greener as they both old a long and lit torch that lights the memorial.

April 15, 2020

China
Despite New China-Africa Tension, Beijing Has a Pivotal Role to Play in Africa's COVID-19 Recovery

Beyond expressing legitimate concerns about the treatment of Africans in Guangzhou, U.S. officials would be wrong to add sow further discord between China and its African partners. It benefits no one. China must be a partner to international financial organizations in their aid to Africa, financing loans, suspending debt payments, and providing stimulus.

Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives, meets with Zhou Pingjian, the Chinese ambassador to Nigeria, to discuss the mistreatment of Africans in China, on April 20, Abuja, Nigeria. Both speakers where masks and sit apart from each other, Ambassador Zhou in a blue suit with a teal max, on an armchair, and Speaker Gbajamiamila in grey with a white mask on the opposite side of a couch in the speaker's very green office.

April 7, 2020

South Africa
President Ramaphosa Leads Strong Response to COVID-19 in South Africa

On March 27, President Cyril Ramaphosa and Health Minister Zweli Mkhize imposed on South Africa one of the strictest lockdowns outside of China to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Among the prohibited activities: dog-walking, jogging, the sale of alcohol, and leaving a place of residence (except for emergencies). At the time restrictions were put in place, South Africa had around 1,000 cases and had just recorded its first deaths. 

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, dressed in military fatigues, stands before a podium with many microphones and gestures as he addresses members of the South African Defense Force before their deployment ahead of a nationwide lockdown for three weeks to try to contain the coronavirus disease outbreak, in Johannesburg, March 26, 2020.

April 6, 2020

Japan
Abe Declares National Emergency Over COVID-19

Prime Minister Abe today announced that he was placing seven regions of Japan, Tokyo and its neighboring prefectures of Saitama, Kanagawa, and Chiba, as well as Osaka, Hyogo, and Fukuoka under a stat…

A man wearing a protective face mask, following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), walks past a closed cherry blossom viewing spot during the first weekend after Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike (not pictured) urged Tokyo residents to stay indoors in a bid to keep the coronavirus disease from spreading, at Ueno park in Tokyo, Japan March 28, 2020.

February 3, 2020

Australia
Morrison Struggles Amidst His Bushfire Response

Daniel Flitton is the editor of The Interpreter, a digital magazine published daily by the Lowy Institute in Sydney. When political dramas unfold in real life, they never seem to feature that one …

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is seen visiting a fire-damaged property on Stokes Bay on Kangaroo Island, southwest of Adelaide, Australia, on January 8, 2020.

March 31, 2020

Nigeria
Lamido Sanusi: A Man of Nigeria’s Past and Possibly Its Future

On March 9, the governor of Kano state removed Sanusi Lamido Sanusi from his position as Emir of Kano, which is usually regarded as the second or third most important Muslim traditional ruler in Nigeria, and an Islamic scholar. There is speculation, especially among some Nigerian expats, that he is looking to launch a political career, perhaps even contesting for the presidency in 2023.

Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Nigeria's central bank governor at the time, gestures as he speaks during an interview with Reuters in his office in Lagos.

March 27, 2020

United Kingdom
Five Questions on Gender Equality in Foreign Policy: Joanna Roper

This blog post is part of the Women and Foreign Policy program’s interview series on Gender Equality in Foreign Policy, featuring global and U.S. officials leading initiatives to promote gender equal…

Joanna Roper, Special Envoy Women and Girls speaking at an International Women's Day event in London, 2017.

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 17, 2020

International Economic Policy
Addressing the Global Dollar Shortage: More Swap Lines? A New Fed Repo Facility for Central Banks? More IMF Lending?

There is a global scramble for dollars going on. It needs to be addressed through creative policies.

FILE PHOTO: One hundred dollar notes are seen in this photo illustration at a bank in Seoul January 9, 2013.

March 17, 2020

South Korea
The U.S.-ROK Alliance in an Era of Uncertainty: Challenges and Priorities

Strengthening South Korea’s alliance with the United States begins with a return to strong shared values and principles based on the common systems of liberal democracy and market economy.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in visit the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, in Panmunjom, South Korea, on June 30, 2019.