Elliot Waldman Friday, March 27, 2020
Africa WatchWith more than 3,200 cases and 83 deaths now reported across Africa, in 46 different countries, experts are warning the continent’s leaders that they are rapidly running out of time to control the spread of the novel coronavirus. Governments are under pressure to take radical steps to contain the pandemic.
Andrew Green Friday, March 27, 2020
Free ArticleAs the former director of the British Cabinet Office’s Civil Contingencies Secretariat, Bruce Mann was in charge of Britain’s planning for and response to emergencies and disasters. Mann didn’t pull his punches in an interview with WPR, warning that the coronavirus pandemic has barely begun to unfold.
China NoteRare public discord between two Chinese officials this week has led observers to question if the spat is a sign of disagreements in Beijing over the party’s messaging, as tensions rise with the U.S.
Benjamin Wilhelm Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Prachi Vidwans Friday, March 20, 2020
Africa WatchAfter a delayed arrival of the novel coronavirus, there are now more than 720 confirmed COVID-19 cases and at least 20 related deaths across Africa. With the head of the WHO warning the continent to “prepare for the worst,” African leaders are turning to extraordinary measures to try and slow the pandemic.
Andrew Green Friday, March 20, 2020
China NoteAs the rate of domestic coronavirus transmission in China continues to fall, the Chinese government said last Thursday that the peak of its COVID-19 outbreak has passed. With the outbreak at home largely under control, Beijing is seeking to reshape the narrative of a pandemic that originated in China.
Benjamin Wilhelm Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Q&AAfter months of political turmoil in East Timor following the previous government’s collapse, a new six-party coalition government led by Xanana Gusmao, a former president and independence hero, is set to take office. In an interview, Michael Leach discusses the political outlook in East Timor.
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Africa WatchThe EU unveiled a strategy this week for a closer partnership with Africa that looks to move beyond the focus on migration that has dominated Europe’s engagement since 2015. But observers cautioned that migration, rather than climate change or trade, was likely to continue to dictate the EU’s ties with Africa.
Andrew Green Friday, March 13, 2020
Q&AUkrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky fired his Cabinet and appointed a new prime minister earlier this month. In an interview, Steven Pifer explains why the new Cabinet will need to work hard to prove it can implement difficult reforms that are seen as key to winning investor confidence in Ukraine.
Friday, March 13, 2020
China NoteChiang Chi-chen, the new head of the traditionally pro-China Kuomintang party, or KMT, is promising to take a harder line against Beijing’s influence in Taiwan. China’s campaign to bring Taiwan under its control could be dealt another blow if the KMT reconsiders its closer ties to Beijing.
Benjamin Wilhelm Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Africa WatchAs a political crisis escalates in Guinea-Bissau over its disputed December presidential vote, ECOWAS is warning the country’s military against intervening. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has also called on all sides to look to the Supreme Court, not the military, to sort out the chaos.
Andrew Green Friday, March 6, 2020