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October 29, 2020

Democratic Republic of Congo
Why Cobalt Mining in the DRC Needs Urgent Attention

Cobalt is an essential mineral used for batteries in electric cars, computers, and cell phones. Demand for cobalt is increasing as more electric cars are sold, particularly in Europe.

An artisanal miner carries raw ore at Tilwizembe, a former industrial copper-cobalt mine, outside of Kolwezi, the capital city of Lualaba Province in the south of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, June 11, 2016

October 26, 2020

Nigeria
Will the Lekki Toll Gate Atrocity Change Nigeria?

Nigeria’s governance system is oppressive, though it lacks an evocative name like apartheid. The tragic episodes of brutality by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), while dismaying, are not new occurrences.

A picture of the Lekki toll gate, with concrete road barriers in the foreground. Graffiti is sprayed on the barriers, with protest slogans such as #EndSARS and #EndSWAT.

October 23, 2020

Nigeria
Nigeria: Fear of Repression

Western media is reporting that violence in Lagos—initially connected to protests against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a police unit—is intensifying. President Muhammadu Buhari addressed the nation on October 22, calling for protests to end.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari can be seen wearing traditional clothing before giving a televised address. Nigerian flags and another flag can be seen behind the president, along with the Nigerian coat of arms.

October 21, 2020

Nigeria
Protests, Chaos in Nigeria

In Lagos, "security services" have fired on "peaceful protesters." This on top of COVID-19, low oil prices, and radical Islamist groups bent on destroying the state—Nigeria was in trouble even before the SARS demonstrations.

A picture of fires burning on the streets of Lagos, Nigeria. Thick black smoke is billowing into the sky. Several armed men can be seen patrolling the road.

October 21, 2020

Emerging Economies
Transsion: a Chinese Prodigy in Africa?

The Chinese company has dominated mobile phone markets in Africa, though not without courting controversy.

A man looks at smartphones on display at a shop.

October 21, 2020

Human Trafficking
Revitalizing Human Trafficking Policy Twenty Years In

This blog post was authored by Olivia Enos, senior policy analyst in the Asian Studies Center at The Heritage Foundation, and Mark P. Lagon, chief policy officer of Friends of the Global Fight Agains…

Protesters march in a "Walk to Freedom" to demonstrate against human trafficking in Berlin.

October 20, 2020

Trade
China’s Surplus is Rising Rapidly. So is the U.S. Deficit. The IMF Cannot Turn a Blind Eye.

Do not use the IMF’s current account forecast in the Fall 2020 World Economic Outlook (WEO). It is already out of date.     

China’s Surplus is Rising Rapidly. So is the U.S. Deficit. The IMF Cannot Turn a Blind Eye.

October 12, 2020

China
Part One: Boxed Out of the West, Huawei Looks to Russia to Survive the Crisis and Emerge Stronger

Huawei has turned to Russian talent and technology after losing access to U.S. software for its devices.

Huawei logo is pictured on the headquarters building in Reading.

October 9, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: VP Candidates Discuss Foreign Policy

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential contenders are saying about foreign policy. This week: Kamala Harris and Mike Pence discussed U.S. policy toward China and U.S. global leadership at Wedne…

Senator Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence sit across from each other separated by plexiglass on the stage of the vice-presidential debate.

October 2, 2020

Russia
Cyber Week in Review: October 2, 2020

Putin calls for cyberspace “truce;” Ransomware attack hits Las Vegas school district; The Department of Commerce imposes export licensing requirement for SMIC; Judge temporarily blocks TikTok ban; Un…

Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the audience during Moscow City Day celebrations.