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October 20, 2020

Trade
China’s Surplus is Rising Rapidly. So is the U.S. Deficit. The IMF Cannot Turn a Blind Eye.

Do not use the IMF’s current account forecast in the Fall 2020 World Economic Outlook (WEO).  It is already out of date.     

China’s Surplus is Rising Rapidly. So is the U.S. Deficit. The IMF Cannot Turn a Blind Eye.

October 20, 2020

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: October 10-16

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from October 10 to October 16, 2020.

Map of Nigeria shaded in red to reflect Nigeria Security Tracker-documented deaths per state. Borno state, the northeastern-most state, is dark red, while the rest of the country are shades of pink.

October 19, 2020

Nigeria
Nigerian Demonstrations Becoming About More Than the Police

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.

A group of men holding signs in support of the #EndSARS protest movement in Nigeria.

October 19, 2020

Disasters
The World Is Woefully Unprepared for Climate-Driven Natural Disasters

Disaster preparedness is hard, expensive, time-consuming and often thankless work. Failure to invest in it can be catastrophic, however.

A man carries a child on his shoulders through a waterlogged road after heavy rainfall, with water up to his waist, in Mumbai, India

October 19, 2020

Cybersecurity
U.S. Strategy for Global Internet Security Needs to Better Leverage the Private Sector

Private sector firms have the ability to leverage their influence on global internet architecture to improve internet security.

Fiber optic cables carrying internet providers are seen running into a server room.

October 16, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: What to Do About Afghanistan?

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

Soldiers

October 15, 2020

China
A Crack in the Wall? Not So Fast.

What can the quick rise—and equally quick fall—of a state-approved app that allows Chinese netizens limited access to western social media tell us about the CCP’s evolving approach to information, ce…

Visitors are seen at the booth of anti-virus software maker Qihoo 360 at the China International Software Expo in Beijing on June 29, 2018.

October 15, 2020

Sub-Saharan Africa
The Changing Style of African Coups

As the coup in Mali shows, military seizures of power have not disappeared entirely. Nevertheless, the old style of coups has become rare in Africa. More common now are incumbent chiefs of state using different, more subtle methods to stay in power.

A picture of the National Assembly of Ivory Coast in Abidjan, the country's largest city.

October 15, 2020

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: Making History in Togo

Welcome to “Women This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy.

The image shows women in Togo checking their names at a polling location.

October 14, 2020

Cybersecurity
Why Do States Publicly Attribute Cyber Intrusions?

Public attribution of cyber intrusions serves different functions in the short, medium, and long-term and and has important implications for policymakers.

Georgia's Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia is welcomed by European Council President Charles Michel.