COVID-19

Resolving the EU’s Rule of Law Conundrum?

European Commission, CC Flickr, Carlos Moreno, Modified, https://www.flickr.com/photos/carmoreman/19302297103/

The EU’s COVID-19 response fund may be historic, but will it be money well spent?

Is Bangladesh Pivoting from India toward the China-Pakistan Nexus?

cc Narendra Modi, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Prime_Minister_Modi_meets_Bangladeshi_PM_Sheikh_Hasina.jpg

Recent events seem to suggest that Bangladesh is moving closer to China and Pakistan, potentially furthering the geopolitical encirclement of India.

Thailand’s Student Protestors Take On Military and the Monarchy

Democracy Monument, Cc Flickr, Opal Lee, Modified, https://www.flickr.com/photos/125330872@N02/25344348717/in/,

Thanks to a broad anti-government pro-democracy youth movement, risky calls to reform the Thai monarchy are breaking new ground.

COVID-19 Early Events Timeline

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

Recounting key events in China during the earliest stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

African States Reel amid COVID-19 Debt Crunch

cc Flickr Addy Cameron-Huff, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The question of a debt crisis in the developing world has shifted to ‘when,’ not ‘if.’

Vietnam’s Leadership in ASEAN: Opportunity in Crisis

U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo participates in the ASEAN Regional Forum Ministerial in Bangkok, Thailand, on August 2, 2019. [State Department Photo by Ron Przysucha/ Public Domain], cc Flickr U.S. Department of State, modified, http://www.usa.gov/copyright.shtml

Over the second half of 2020, Vietnam should focus on integrating the informal economy with the formal economy and resuming negotiations for a code of conduct in the South China Sea.

Taking Cover: Chinese Capital & The EU

cc Flickr Friends of Europe, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

As COVID-19 recedes, it will be buying season for cash-flush Chinese state and semi-state corporations in Europe – but only if the authorities allow it.

Vietnam Repels another Enemy at the Border: COVID-19

Courtesy of VNA; Translation:

This time Hanoi’s preferred weapons were science-based policy and epidemic planning.

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.

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.

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