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March 24, 2020

Coronavirus
Tackling COVID-19: A Problem So Big, You Can See It From Space

Links between COVID-19 and other global challenges underscore the importance of multilateral cooperation across a broad array of issue areas.

World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, flanked by staff members, walk toward a briefing at WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

March 23, 2020

China
“Brave Enough to Tolerate Failure”: China Realigns Research Incentives in Pursuit of Technological Supremacy

China's innovation ecosystem has long suffered from misguided incentives. Recently, the Chinese government has been taking steps to address this. If it succeeds, China will be closer to becoming a gl…

A researcher uses a pipette to develop assay to detect specific gene of corn at a lab in Syngenta Biotech Center in Beijing.

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.

March 19, 2020

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
One Challenge to Africa's Response to COVID-19: Public Trust in Institutions

The coronavirus pandemic dominating global headlines and individual anxiety lists powerfully illustrates the importance, and fragility, of trust in public officials. Public health depends upon participation, and when citizens mistrust those asking them to make sacrifices or take unusual steps to protect the greater good, even the most thoughtful interventions are doomed to fail.

Health workers screen visitors to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at State House in Harare, Zimbabwe, March 19, 2020

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.

March 17, 2020

China
What the COVID-19 Pandemic May Mean for China's Belt and Road Initiative

As the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic spreads worldwide, the public health crisis and response will lay bare China’s leadership aspirations as a great power. It is too soon to say preci…

Workers wearing face masks rope a container ship at a port in Qingdao, Shandong province, China February 11, 2020.

March 17, 2020

Cybersecurity
Message to Cybercriminals: Hospitals Are Off-Limits

Late Sunday evening, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was hit with a cyberattack. This is not the first time that cybercriminals have targeted the U.S. health-care system during the c…

Medics transport a patient through heavy rain into an ambulance at Life Care Center of Kirkland.

March 16, 2020

China
China and Coronavirus: From Home-Made Disaster to Global Mega-Opportunity

Despite an initially horrendous response to the coronavirus, covering up initial warning signs, suppressing information about it, and allowing some five million people to leave Wuhan in a rush before…

Chinese President Xi Jinping learns about the hospital's operations, treatment of patients, protection for medical workers and scientific research at the Huoshenshan Hospital in Wuhan, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak, Hubei province, China on March 10, 2020.

March 13, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: Campaigning in the Era of the Coronavirus

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. This week: the coronavirus dominates the conversation, Senator Sanders defends a sister-city program, and exp…

Former Vice President Joe Biden stands behind a podium and in front of American flags while he speaks on the coronavirus pandemic in Wilmington, Delaware, on March 12.