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April 27, 2020

China
Rebooting the Shut Down Chinese Economy

As the Chinese government looks to restart the country's economy, business leaders remain uncertain about the future of economic policy. 

Workers leave a construction site at the end of their shift in the Central Business District in Beijing on April 16, 2020.

April 24, 2020

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: April 24, 2020

Experts criticize German-led digital contact tracing initiative; Supreme Court will hear case on Computer Fraud and Abuse Act; Facebook bans some events that violate social distancing rules; Microsof…

A demonstrator protests the extension of the emergency Safer at Home order by State Governor Tony Evers to slow the spread of the coronavirus disease.

April 24, 2020

Sub-Saharan Africa
The Politics of Food in the Time of COVID-19

In many African states, food insecurity is a serious problem getting worse by the day. This week, international experts sounded the alarm about acute food shortages affecting some 135 million people, more than half of them Africans. The coronavirus crisis, with its effect on livelihoods, productivity, and agricultural supply chains, could nearly double that already staggering number of people threatened with starvation.

Villagers queue to collect food aid distributed by the World Food Program (WFP) following a prolonged drought in rural Mudzi district, Zimbabwe, February 20, 2020

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 22, 2020

Southeast Asia
COVID-19 and the South China Sea

The rapid spread of COVID-19 in Southeast Asia, where the pandemic recently has hit Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines (as well as other regional states like Singapore) hard, has not stopped jo…

U.S. Navy ships from the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group, the America Expeditionary Strike Group, and the U.S. 7th Fleet command ship, USS Blue Ridge, transit the Philippine Sea in formation during a photo exercise on March 24, 2020.

April 21, 2020

Nigeria
Presidential Gatekeeper and Confidant, Abba Kyari, Dies From COVID-19

On April 18, President Muhammadu Buhari announced that his chief of staff, Abba Kyari, died from COVID-19 on the previous day. This is a tragedy for Nigeria and for the administration of President Bu…

Men wearing protective gear carry the coffin of the Nigerian president's chief of staff, Abba Kyari, who died on Friday after contracting the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Nigeria April 18, 2020.

April 20, 2020

Iran
Iran Unlikely to Negotiate With the United States in the Near-Term

Amir Asmar is a Department of Defense analyst and CFR’s national intelligence fellow. Throughout his intelligence career, his primary area of focus has been the Middle East. He held a wide range of a…

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks at a cabinet meeting in Tehran, Iran, on April 8.

April 16, 2020

Cybersecurity
The Cyberspace Solarium Commission on Norms

Task force three of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission focused on using norms and non-military tools of state power to secure cyberspace. During their research, they observed different interpretation…

Senator Angus King (I-ME) returns to the Senate Chamber.

April 17, 2020

South Korea
Implications of South Korea’s Historic COVID-19 Elections

The scale of the Democratic Party’s victory virtually eliminates the ability of the opposition to obstruct major legislation.

National Election Commission officials count ballots for the parliamentary elections, amid the COVID-19 outbreak, in Seoul, South Korea, on April 15, 2020.

April 17, 2020

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: April 17, 2020

Phone towers in the Netherlands and UK attacked; The UK plans to launch coronavirus tracking app; Indian state insists infected individuals take hourly selfies; Department of Defense fails to impleme…

Police officers advise women to maintain distance as they wait to collect grocery during an extended nationwide lockdown to slow the spreading of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Ahmedabad, India.