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COVID-19 Update: USA

cc Flickr National Guard, modified, Lt. Col. Dwight Harley, of the 119th Medical Group, takes a swab sample from an asymptomatic Fargo police officer who is volunteering to take a COVID-19 test in the parking lot of the FaroDome, N.D., April 25, 2020. He is wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) to stay safe while he works and help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus while testing people as they drive through the mass testing process in their vehicles. He is just one of the many N.D. National Guard members partnering with the N.D. Department of Health and other civilian agencies in support of the whole community response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Asymptomatic first responders are among the people being tested to learn more about the Coronavirus. The healthy first responders are participating the community effort to test the mass testing process for future testing. Approximately 1,000 people were tested in the seven-hour testing event on April 25, 2020. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by CMSgt David H. Lipp), https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

With around 3 million total cases and 130,000 deaths, the United States is now home to the largest COVID-19 outbreak in the world.

Hong Kong Security Law Ringing Alarm Bells in UK, Canada, and Australia

Hong Kong protests in 2019; cc Flickr Studio Incendo, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

In rhetoric, and increasingly in the realm of defense spending as well, Western countries are preparing for a more adversarial relationship with China.

Daulat Beg Oldi: Flashpoint of the Himalayas

cc Flickr irumge, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Ground-level changes are altering the strategic balance and fueling conflict between India and China in the Himalayas.

Islamic State and Al-Qaeda Clash in the Sahel

Operation Flintlock training in 2018, cc Flickr USAFRICOM, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Background on the worsening clashes between Al Qaeda and Islamic State’s regional affiliates in the Sahel.

Malawi’s Election Rerun: Lessons for Africa’s Opposition Groups

MalawiFlag, cc Flickr Greg Chimitris, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

With its recent election re-run, Malawi became an exemplar of institutional maturity on the African continent.

The Geopolitical Implications of Israel’s West Bank Annexation Plan

cc Flickr Terrazzo, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

A geopolitical reading suggests that annexation is only a matter of time.

The End of India’s Panipat Syndrome?

Prime Minister Modi in Texas, USA. CC Flickr White House, public domain, modified, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India addresses his remarks on stage Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, at a rally in honor of Prime Minister Modi at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

Prime Minister Modi is presiding over a newly assertive Indian foreign policy, with potentially far-reaching geopolitical consequences.

In the Southern Philippines, Delays to Rebuilding Marawi Threaten a Fragile Peace

Officials visit the Main Battle Area in Marawi, cc Philippine Information Agency, modfied, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:Search&title=Special:Search&redirs=0&search=marawi&fulltext=Search&fulltext=Advanced+search&ns0=1&ns6=1&ns14=1&advanced=1&searchToken=2n7ygrhzxiej9o2zrc9ig7gka#%2Fmedia%2FFile%3AMarawi_Ground_Zero.jpg

The longer Marawi is left in ruins, the higher the chance that history could repeat itself.

Nigeria’s Gas: Relief or Redux for the Resource Sector?

cc Flickr U.S. Institute of Peace, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

A global crisis – this time the COVID-19 pandemic – has once again underscored the dangers of Nigeria’s economic overreliance on oil.

Belarus: Presidential Elections, Russia, and Skewed Coronavirus Statistics

US Department of State, modified, public domain, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Secretary_Pompeo_Meets_With_Belarusian_President_Lukashenko_(49473917277).jpg

Belarus’ skewing of COVID-19 statistics is unfortunate, but it must be viewed in the context of its ongoing high-stake geopolitical standoff with Moscow.

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