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Turkey’s Libya Gambit Will Not Go Unanswered by Egypt

Three old Libyan tanks, derelict after the failed intervention in the Chadian civil war. cc Flickr David Stanley, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Turkey’s expanding role in the Libyan Civil War presents a security threat to Sisi’s Egypt, one that is unlikely to go unchallenged.

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.

Al-Kadhimi Government Faces Its First Test in Iraq

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, modified, cc The Media Office of the Prime Minister of Iraq, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mustafa_al-Kadhimi.jpg

Iraqi Prime Minister Mostafa al-Kadhimi is taking on the militias, and the early results aren’t encouraging.

COVID-19 Is Amplifying the Plight of Turkish and Iranian Kurds

A COVID-19 victim is buried in a temporary grave in Iran; author Behzad Alipour, modified, cc 4.0, Fars News, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Temporary_graves_in_Iran_during_COVID-19_pandemic_1.jpg

COVID-19 is making a bad situation even worse for various long-suffering Kurdish populations.

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.

A Fully-Automated Economy Should Not Be the Goal

cc Flickr Tesla Autobots, Steve Jurvetson, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tesla_auto_bots.jpg

Hard as it is to defy the drum beat of technological progress, pervasive automation may represent some hidden costs that we’re unwilling to pay.

India’s Water Crisis: Beyond Chennai

A water truck in Kolhapur, Maharashtra; author: Arne Hückelheim, modified, https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Datei:WaterTruckCropped.JPG

For India, the road to great power status is frought with critical water management challenges.

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.

Post-Pandemic Supply Chains: Production Alternatives to China

MaerskShip, cc Flickr Jnzl's Photos, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Three countries to watch in the likely event that the trade diversification trend accelerates following the COVID-19 pandemic.

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