October 15, 2020U.S. Congress
The U.S. Senate votes on a COVID-19 relief bill; Bolivians head to the polls for a twice-postponed general election; and New Zealand, considered to have one of the most successful pandemic responses,…
October 13, 2020International Organizations
The two finalists for the position of director general of the World Trade Organization (WTO) are Yoo Myung-hee, Republic of Korea, and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a Nigerian and (since 2019) an American citizen.
October 22, 2020Public Health Threats and Pandemics
The World Health Summit 2020 takes place virtually, Chileans vote in a constitutional referendum amid protests, and Tanzania holds a general election.
October 20, 2020Trade
Do not use the IMF’s current account forecast in the Fall 2020 World Economic Outlook (WEO). It is already out of date.
October 19, 2020Nigeria
Following nationwide demonstrations—first against the elite Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and then the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit, its successor—the Buhari administration has abolished the former and promised wide-ranging police reforms.
October 16, 2020Election 2020
Each Friday, I look at what the presidential contenders are saying about foreign policy. This week: how Donald Trump and Joe Biden say the United States should deal with Afghanistan
October 16, 2020Nigeria
Nigerian youths are once again on the streets protesting against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). On social media, many young Nigerians recount stories of brutality, abduction, extortion, extrajudicial killings and false imprisonment.