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July 8, 2020

China
Slouching Toward Phase One

On current trends, goods exports to China will struggle to reach their 2017 level—there won't be any big gains from the Phase One deal.

US Goods Exports to China Cumulative Comp and projections for 2020

July 7, 2020

Sub-Saharan Africa
How to Think About Africa’s “Rising Middle Class” Amid COVID-19

Conventional wisdom is that Africa's rising middle class is the engine for economic and social development. However, on a continent of 1.3 billion people resident in more than fifty countries, this trope may obscure more than it illuminates.

Customers shop for essential commodities inside the Naivas supermarket as residents stock their homes amid concerns about the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Nairobi, Kenya March 23, 2020.

July 6, 2020

United Nations
The Road Toward Agonistic Pluralism for International Cyber Norms

International cooperation on cyber norms should acknowledge that geopolitical conflicts and national interests are here to stay. Only by providing these with a constructive and creative space for ago…

Sphere within a Sphere by Arnaldo Pomodoro, United Nations (New York).

July 2, 2020

United States
U.S. Natural Gas: Once Full of Promise, Now in Retreat

Mirroring events that rocked the international oil industry earlier this year — catalyzed by the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic — a now sluggish global economy is hitting the liquefied natural ga…

U.S. President Donald Trump appears before workers at Cameron LNG (Liquid Natural Gas) Export Facility in Hackberry, Louisiana, U.S., May 14, 2019.

July 2, 2020

Southeast Asia
Will COVID-19 Make This Year’s Election Different for Singapore’s Ruling Party?

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong declared in a televised address last week that Singapore would hold its next general election on July 10. Lee and other members of the long-ruling People’s Action Party…

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of the ruling People's Action Party, wearing a face mask, prepares to give a speech at a nomination center ahead of the general election in Singapore on June 30, 2020.

July 1, 2020

Trade
NAFTA and the USMCA: Weighing the Impact of North American Trade

President Trump reached a deal with Canada and Mexico to restructure the North American Free Trade Agreement, hoping a new trilateral accord will reinvigorate the U.S. manufacturing sector.  

Mexican commercial trucks cross into the United States.

July 1, 2020

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
What Is the Ebola Virus?

Endemic to the African tropics, the Ebola virus has killed thousands in recent years, putting the World Health Organization and major donor countries in the limelight as they’ve grappled with how to …

A health-care worker stands next to a cross during the funeral of a person suspected of dying of Ebola in Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo.

June 30, 2020

Sub-Saharan Africa
Africa’s ‘Leaders for Life’

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to many of the world’s longest-ruling heads of state, but civil society and regional blocs may be slowing the trend of extending presidential terms in some areas.

A taxi passes an electoral poster for Cameroonian President Paul Biya in a market in Yaounde.

June 25, 2020

Energy and Climate Policy
A Path to Progress: How Voluntary Climate Action Could Redefine the Texas Fossil Fuel Landscape

This is a guest post by Tessa Schreiber, intern for Energy and U.S. Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations and student at Rice University.  The state of Texas is known for its deferenc…

Oil pump jacks work at sunset near Midland, Texas, U.S. August 21, 2019. Picture taken August 21, 2019.

June 25, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
What Is U.S. Policy on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?

The United States has long tried to negotiate a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but several factors, including deep divisions between and within the parties and declining U.S. interes…

A Palestinian uses a ladder to climb over the wall separating the Israeli and Palestinian sides of the West Bank.