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June 2, 2020

Coronavirus
Graphing the Pandemic Economy

In a fast-evolving crisis like a pandemic, GDP and other conventional economic metrics are simply too slow to be useful for policymakers who need to make decisions about when to lock down and reopen …

July 2, 2020

United States
U.S. Natural Gas: Once Full of Promise, Now in Retreat

Mirroring events that rocked the international oil industry earlier this year — catalyzed by the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic — a now sluggish global economy is hitting the liquefied natural ga…

U.S. President Donald Trump appears before workers at Cameron LNG (Liquid Natural Gas) Export Facility in Hackberry, Louisiana, U.S., May 14, 2019.

July 2, 2020

Southeast Asia
Singapore’s National Elections: Will a Pandemic, and a Shifting Society, Lead to a Different Result?

Last week, the Singaporean prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, of the long-dominant People’s Action Party (PAP), declared that the city-state would hold its general election on July 10. The prime minist…

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of the ruling People's Action Party, wearing a face mask, prepares to give a speech at a nomination center ahead of the general election in Singapore on June 30, 2020.

July 2, 2020

Southeast Asia
Will COVID-19 Make This Year’s Election Different for Singapore’s Ruling Party?

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong declared in a televised address last week that Singapore would hold its next general election on July 10. Lee and other members of the long-ruling People’s Action Party…

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of the ruling People's Action Party, wearing a face mask, prepares to give a speech at a nomination center ahead of the general election in Singapore on June 30, 2020.

July 2, 2020

Belgium
Belgium Begins to Confront Its Brutal Colonial Past in Congo

Following anti-racism protests in Belgium, King Philippe, in a letter to Felix Tshisekedi, president of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), expressed his "regret" over his country’s exploitation of DRC.

Belgian King Philippe sits at a dark wooden table in a black suit, black tie, and white shirt. His hands are folded and his face is somber, with his silver-white hair combed down. To the left is a Belgian flag on a vertical flag pole; to the right are two family framed pictures sitting on a low bookcase.

July 1, 2020

Russia
Will Russia’s Constitutional Changes Allow Putin to Hold on to Power?

Russians have voted on a sweeping package of more than two hundred constitutional amendments, the most important of which exempts President Vladimir Putin from term limits and potentially allows him …

July 1, 2020

Trade
NAFTA and the USMCA: Weighing the Impact of North American Trade

President Trump reached a deal with Canada and Mexico to restructure the North American Free Trade Agreement, hoping a new trilateral accord will reinvigorate the U.S. manufacturing sector.  

Mexican commercial trucks cross into the United States.

June 30, 2020

China
As Africa Faces COVID-19, Chinese Debt Relief is a Welcome Development

Stephen Paduano is the executive director of the LSE Economic Diplomacy Commission and a doctoral researcher at the London School of Economics, where he studies African political economy with an emph…

President Xi Jinping of China claps and smiles in a dark gray suit with a maroon tie and white shirt. Behind him are national flags on vertical flag polls. The Chinese flag is front and center. It is flanked by the flags of South Africa and Botswana to the left, and of Algeria, Benin, and Burkina Faso to the right.

June 30, 2020

Syria
U.S. Retrenchment Will Intensify Crisis in Idlib

In order to prevent a humanitarian disaster in Syria and avoid regional instability, the United States should make the outcome of the fight for Idlib a national security concern and exercise the lead…

Two adults and two children walk by a destroyed building on which images of the novel coronavirus have been spray painted in Idlib, Syria.

June 30, 2020

Sub-Saharan Africa
Africa’s ‘Leaders for Life’

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to many of the world’s longest-ruling heads of state, but civil society and regional blocs may be slowing the trend of extending presidential terms in some areas.

A taxi passes an electoral poster for Cameroonian President Paul Biya in a market in Yaounde.