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May 14, 2020

Cybersecurity
Is Digital Always Better?

Digital technology has been widely embraced, especially during the coronavirus pandemic. However, in some situations, it could actually make systems more prone to unpredictable accidents. Policymaker…

Computer network equipment is seen in a server room in Vienna, Austria.

April 27, 2020

Ireland
Ireland Really Shouldn't be Driving the Details of the Euro Area's GDP Data

The euro area GDP data—thanks to Ireland—is increasingly telling us more about the tax strategies of large U.S. firms and less about the actual composition of activity in the euro area. Large investm…

Ireland Really Shouldn't be Driving the Details of the Euro Area's GDP Data

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 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 14, 2020

Southeast Asia
Philippines: Rodrigo Duterte’s Response

Duterte, like other illiberal populists, has fumbled his initial handling of the pandemic. The fallout could damage his popularity and legacy.

Passengers wear protective masks while waiting at the Araneta Center Bus Terminal in Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines, on March 13, 2020, following President Rodrigo Duterte's announcement of a local travel ban in the Philippine capital

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 6, 2020

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: March 6, 2020

DOJ indicts two Chinese nationals for helping launder proceeds of North Korean cryptocurrency hack; Controversial bill on liability for child abuse content to be introduced; Cybersecurity firm claims…

A sign advertising the Qihoo 360 Technology Co Ltd is hung with the U.S. and Chinese flags outside of the New York Stock Exchange before the company's Initial Public Offering (IPO).

February 28, 2020

Privacy
Cyber Week in Review: Feb 28, 2020

Controversial facial recognition start-up hacked; Lawmakers object to ICE searching Maryland driver’s license database; Court rules YouTube not a public forum; Apple shareholders express human rights…

A worker climbs outside an Apple store in Hong Kong.

February 21, 2020

Southeast Asia
Duterte Terminates the Visiting Forces Agreement … or Does He?

Last week, after hinting at it for some time, Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte officially announced he would terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States. Under the agreem…

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures during his fourth State of the Nation Address at the Philippine Congress in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines on July 22, 2019.