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June 4, 2020

Democratic Republic of Congo
Ebola Emerges in Northwestern DRC, WHO Responds

The health minister of Democratic Republic of the Congo announced six Ebola cases in the city of Mbandaka in Equateur Province in northwestern DRC. These recent cases of Ebola are DRC’s eleventh outbreak since 1976. DRC also faces COVID-19 and measles.

WHO workers in dark blue vests and light blue hats arrange chairs between two rows of buildings as they set up a vaccination center for Ebola in the Congolese port city of Mbandaka in 2018.

June 4, 2020

Cybersecurity
Global Health Security Turns to Confront Cyber Threats

On May 19, the World Health Assembly adopted a new resolution calling upon all member states to confront cyber threats to global health. Such a resolution is unprecedented in the history of the World…

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) attends the virtual 73rd World Health Assembly (WHA).

June 3, 2020

Nigeria
Recent Flare Up in Violence Across Northwestern Nigeria

Some five hundred "bandits" on motocycles attacked a village (or perhaps several villages) in Katsina State in northwest Nigeria over May 30 and 31. They made off with "thousands" of livestock, likely cattle, and killed 18 villagers and a local headman.

Three soldiers walk on a dirt road with rifles. In the background, armored troop carriers drives on the dirt road along a wall with trees further down the road.

June 2, 2020

Space
The Artemis Accords and the Next Generation of Outer Space Governance

The United States is pursuing bilateral agreements to shape international space law.

NASA rolls back the the Artemis launch tower from Pad 39B at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida

June 2, 2020

Peacekeeping
UN Peacekeeping Recognizes that Women are Key to Lasting Peace amid COVID-19

The contributions of women peacekeepers are critical in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, as peace operations protect civilians where violence continues, and support ongoing peace processes and …

A U.N. worker wears a U.N. helmet with the word "peace" written on it in Martissant, Haiti.

June 1, 2020

South China Sea
Rising Tensions in the South China Sea

The risk of a military confrontation between the United States and China in the South China Sea is growing. In a new Center for Preventive Action report, Oriana Skylar Mastro details how the United S…

A member of the Australian Navy stands behind a gun while watching the USS Bunker Hill move into position during a joint U.S.-Australia training exercise in the South China Sea on April 14, 2020.

June 1, 2020

Cybersecurity
New Cyber Brief: Banning Covert Foreign Election Interference

The United States is one of the countries that is most susceptible to foreign election interference. To safeguard the U.S. elections in November, Robert K. Knake argues that the United States and oth…

U.S. President Donald J. Trump participates in an executive order signing at the White House, in Washington, DC, on December 11, 2019.

June 1, 2020

U.S. Foreign Policy
Under Trump, the United States Has Become an Irresponsible Stakeholder

U.S. President Donald J. Trump's disdain for multilateral cooperation has cost the United States its credibility as a responsible stakeholder in the international system.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump makes an announcement with American flags in the background.

May 29, 2020

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: May 29, 2020

Twitter checks Trump on mail-in voting tweets; Trump signs executive order limiting protections for online platforms; Amnesty International discovers vulnerability in Qatar’s contact tracing app; U.S…

Graduates set next to the Chinese flag during a graduation ceremony.

May 29, 2020

Nigeria
Kidnapping in Nigeria: A Growth Industry

In the past, kidnapping victims in Nigeria tended to be the wealthy and the prominent. But a new report from SB Morgen, a Nigerian consulting firm, shows that, over time, the pool of potential victims has greatly expanded. Now, victims are often poor.

Nigeria's John Obi Mikel, with a water bottle, drenched in sweat in a green, white, and black patterned Nigeria jersey wears number 10. He is with coach Gernot Rohr at the Africa Cup of Nations in June 2019. A referee in a blue top and black shorts is in the background.