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May 27, 2020

Russia
Russia's Complex Oil Reality

This is a guest post by Hunter Kornfeind, intern for Energy and Climate Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations and current student at Temple University. Russia is coping with a new reality fro…

Workers stand next to a logo of Russia's Rosneft oil company at the central processing facility of the Rosneft-owned Priobskoye oil field outside the West Siberian city of Nefteyugansk, Russia.

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 11, 2020

Australia
COVID-19, and China, Further Drive a Wedge in the U.S.-Australia Relationship

This post is part of an Asia Unbound series of voices from Asia on the COVID-19 crisis, and on its implications for Asia and for Asian views of the United States. The post is authored by Daniel Flitt…

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks during a joint press conference held with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at Admiralty House in Sydney, Australia, on February 28, 2020.

April 28, 2020

Human Trafficking
COVID-19 and Modern Slavery: Challenges, Opportunities, and the Future of the Fight

This post is part of the Council on Foreign Relations’ blog series on human trafficking, in which CFR fellows and other leading experts assess new approaches to improve U.S. and global efforts to cur…

Volunteers give food to migrant workers from Myanmar who lost their jobs following the COVID-19 outbreak in Bangkok, Thailand April 23, 2020.

April 24, 2020

Sub-Saharan Africa
The Politics of Food in the Time of COVID-19

In many African states, food insecurity is a serious problem getting worse by the day. This week, international experts sounded the alarm about acute food shortages affecting some 135 million people, more than half of them Africans. The coronavirus crisis, with its effect on livelihoods, productivity, and agricultural supply chains, could nearly double that already staggering number of people threatened with starvation.

Villagers queue to collect food aid distributed by the World Food Program (WFP) following a prolonged drought in rural Mudzi district, Zimbabwe, February 20, 2020

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 6, 2020

Cybersecurity
Huawei and the Third Offset

In order to effectively mitigate the security risks posed by Huawei, the U.S. Department of Defense needs to fund and integrate cutting-edge technologies from the private sector.

The logo of Huawei is seen in Davos, Switzerland.

March 12, 2020

China
China’s State Media Outlets: The White House Cracks Down, But How Much of a Threat Are They?

In recent weeks, the Trump administration has taken increasingly tough measures against Chinese state media outlets operating in the United States. The White House has forced state broadcasters like …

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to China's Vice Premier Liu He as Vice President Mike Pence looks on during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House on January 31, 2019.

January 9, 2020

Digital Policy
Invisible Workers on the Global Assembly Line

In her newly published book, Behind the Screen: Content Moderation in the Shadows of Social Media, Dr. Sarah T. Roberts discusses the world of content moderation, which increasingly plays a major rol…

Afghan girls at the first Internet cafe for women in Kabul, Afghanistan. March 8, 2012.

January 9, 2020

Social Issues
Invisible Workers on the Global Assembly Line: Behind the Screen

In her new book, Behind the Screen: Content Moderation in the Shadows of Social Media, Dr. Sarah T. Roberts reveals the inner workings of the world of content moderation on social media platforms. 

People use computers at an internet cafe in Hefei, Anhui province