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May 28, 2020

South Africa
President Ramaphosa Tries to Thread the Needle on COVID-19 in South Africa

Cyril Ramaphosa established an anti-virus regime: social distancing and a lockdown. And the virus "curve" indeed appeared to flatten. He gets good international press, but must deal with a restive and poor population.

South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa, in a dark grey suit without a tie and a green facemask, sits on a made bed at a coronvirus treatment center. A hand gestures in the foreground and a man in a suit and tied with a mask flanks Ramaphosa.

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.

May 20, 2020

South China Sea
Rising Tensions in the South China Sea

The risk of a military confrontation between the United States and China in the South China Sea is growing. In a new Center for Preventive Action report, Oriana Skylar Mastro details how the United S…

A member of the Australian Navy stands behind a gun while watching the USS Bunker Hill move into position during a joint U.S.-Australia training exercise in the South China Sea on April 14, 2020.

May 27, 2020

South Africa
A Conversation With Judith February on Political Leadership and COVID-19 in South Africa

CFR Senior Fellow for Africa Studies Michelle Gavin interviews writer, lawyer, and governance expert Judith February.

Women carry bags of maize as people queue to receive food aid amid the spread of the novel coronavirus, near Pretoria, South Africa, on May 20, 2020.

May 27, 2020

South Africa
A Conversation With Judith February on Political Leadership and COVID-19 in South Africa

CFR Senior Fellow for Africa Studies Michelle Gavin interviews writer, lawyer, and governance expert Judith February.

Women carry bags of maize as people queue to receive food aid amid the spread of the novel coronavirus, near Pretoria, South Africa, on May 20, 2020.

April 16, 2020

South Korea
South Korea Will Not Distance Itself From the United States After COVID-19

Though the United States will struggle in the short-term due to COVID-19, the Korean people have not lost their confidence in the American system. 

A woman wearing a protective mask following an outbreak of COVID-19 walks through downtown Cheongdo County, near Daegu, South Korea, on March 11, 2020.

May 11, 2020

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
The World Order After COVID-19 Hinges on What Kind of America Emerges

A renewed American internationalism is both desirable and possible, but it will only be sustainable if a change of national mindset accompanies it. 

2020 Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks with an American flag in the background in Des Moines, Iowa.

May 29, 2020

Americas
Lopez Obrador Can Save Mexico by Embracing Globalization

Strengthening global ties is the best way to escape a pandemic-induced recession and help the country’s poor.

Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador holds a news conference at the National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico, March 17, 2020.

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 1, 2020

South Korea
Women This Week: South Korea Elects Record Number of Women

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…

Women wearing masks to prevent contracting COVID-19 cast their ballots for the parliamentary election at a polling station in Seoul, South Korea.