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May 22, 2020

Defense and Security
Lawmakers Should Push the Pentagon to Draw on Women’s Contributions to Security

As Congress drafts this year’s defense spending bills, lawmakers should increase their support for a proven way to boost national security: fostering and drawing upon women’s contributions. 

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and Air Force Gen. John E. Hyten testify at a Senate Armed Services hearing.

May 21, 2020

Cybersecurity
Using COVID-19 to Double Down on Cyber Norms

The United States should use the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity to push for clearer guardrails to bound acceptable and unacceptable behavior in cyberspace.

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Chad Wolf (L) and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Director Christopher Krebs speak to reporters.

May 20, 2020

Global Governance
OECD Digital Tax Negotiations Thread the Sovereignty Needle

The OECD Inclusive Framework on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting shows how to balance the demands of national sovereignty with the realities of contemporary globalization.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaks from a podium in Brussels, Belgium.

May 15, 2020

Afghanistan
Women This Week: Attack on Maternity Ward in Kabul

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post, covering May 7 to May 15, was compiled by Maleeha …

An Afghan nurse observes newborn children who lost their mothers during an attack at a hospital, in Kabul, Afghanistan May 13, 2020.

May 15, 2020

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: May 15, 2020

U.S. government agencies accuse China of targeting COVID-19 research; TSMC to build chip factory in Arizona; Huawei struggles internationally without Google Apps; Cyberattack targets Iranian port; an…

A logo of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) is seen at its headquarters.

March 13, 2020

Nigeria
Nigerian High Court Orders Release of Detained Former Islamic Ruler

The Federal High court in Abuja has ordered the release from detention of Lamido Sanusi, the former emir of Kano deposed and exiled by the governor of the state of Kano, Abdullahi Ganduje. The decision follows a suit filed by Sanusi in federal court. It remains to be seen whether the judge’s orders will be carried out; the rule of law can be weak in Nigeria, especially when it comes to high-profile political prisoners.

Muhammad Lamid Sanusi II, then the emir of Kano, dress is mostly red robed embroidered with gold and his red turban and veil, rides through a crowd on a dressed camel during the Durbar festival, on the second day of Eid al-Adha celebration in Nigeria's northern city of Kano, on September 2, 2017. An aid holds a heavy red parasol over him as he rides.

May 14, 2020

Coronavirus
The Elements Unfold: A Possible Bottom to Oil Prices

The process of going into lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic has been revealing, especially in regards to oil. There are many elements to the smooth operation of global oil logistics that are n…

Crude oil storage tanks are seen in an aerial photograph at the Cushing oil hub in Cushing, Oklahoma, U.S. April 21, 2020.

May 12, 2020

India
India’s New Self-Reliance: What Does Modi Mean?

On Tuesday, May 12, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered a primetime address to the nation on the coronavirus (Hindi text released here, and English here). With India in a national lockdown …

Man on cell phone looking out train window

May 8, 2020

Sudan
Women This Week: Sudan Passes Landmark Law on Female Genital Mutilation

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. In the coming weeks the series will explore how the COVID-19 pandemi…

International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

May 8, 2020

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: May 8, 2020

New UK and French tracing apps conflict with guidelines set by Apple and Google; France to use cameras to monitor mask and social distancing compliance; Facebook announces members of oversight board;…

German Chancellor Angela Merkel gives a speech at the lower house of parliament, Bundestag.