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Preventing an Outbreak? The Impact of COVID-19 on North Korea

nations, as they work to return to a post-pandemic normalcy, are taking a holistic look at the impact of COVID-19 within their borders. North Korea, however, maintains that, despite testing 31,794 people, zero cases have been confirmed within its borders. According to a statement from its Ministry of Foreign Affairs, North Korea’s ability to maintain zero cases within its borders is due to “the measures of isolation and quarantine” taken early enough “by the Party and the government of the DPRK” and the “concerted action and mobilization of the whole society and entire people.” North Korea’s actions, however, were designed to spare a vulnerable health care system from a catastrophic shock rather than ensure quality of life for regular North Koreans.

China’s Emerging Data Governance Regime: A Bid for New Norms

Over the past year, China has built up a comprehensive set of data governance policies dictating the use and sharing of citizens’ information. The differences between Chinese compliance requirements and those of European or North American countries illustrates China’s unique conception of privacy and offers an alternative set of data governance norms for authoritarian states.

Actions vs. Words: The US Approaches to Libya and Syria

Quick intervention in Libya prevented a massacre. Empty words did nothing to halt massacres in Syria. Ten years after the Arab Spring, leaders should learn this lesson.

What to Expect from Russia’s Leadership of the Arctic Council

With Russia assuming chairship of the Arctic Council, what can we expect to see over the next two years? Here are four predictions for topics of focus, preferred partners, and institutional structure.

When the Push Outweighs the Pull: The Root Causes of Immigration from the Northern Triangle

The demographics of US-bound migrants are rapidly changing as the influx of single, Mexican adult males from the early 21st century is being replaced by a rise in children, mainly of Central American nationality. The causes of these trends are not surprising as parents of the Northern Triangle countries of Central America are continuing to send their unaccompanied children on the treacherous thousand-mile-plus journey to escape conditions endemic to their homelands. As these migration rates will likely only rise in the years to come, it is crucial that the United States re-evaluate its immigration policy to directly address the push factors that are the root causes of the recent growth in emigration rates from the region.

Felix Tshisekedi’s Newly-Independent Agenda for the DRC: Modernizer or Strongman 2.0?

Two years into his tenure as President of the DRC, Tshisekedi has only just thrown off the influence of his predecessor, Joseph Kabila. Now, with total control over his political agenda, the DRC’s leader appears torn between a modern agenda of regional integration and authoritarian repression tactics.

Preventing an Outbreak? The Impact of COVID-19 on North Korea

nations, as they work to return to a post-pandemic normalcy, are taking a holistic look at the impact of COVID-19 within their borders. North Korea, however, maintains that, despite testing 31,794 people, zero cases have been confirmed within its borders. According to a statement from its Ministry of Foreign Affairs, North Korea’s ability to maintain zero cases within its borders is due to “the measures of isolation and quarantine” taken early enough “by the Party and the government of the DPRK” and the “concerted action and mobilization of the whole society and entire people.” North Korea’s actions, however, were designed to spare a vulnerable health care system from a catastrophic shock rather than ensure quality of life for regular North Koreans.

China’s Emerging Data Governance Regime: A Bid for New Norms

Over the past year, China has built up a comprehensive set of data governance policies dictating the use and sharing of citizens’ information. The differences between Chinese compliance requirements and those of European or North American countries illustrates China’s unique conception of privacy and offers an alternative set of data governance norms for authoritarian states.

Actions vs. Words: The US Approaches to Libya and Syria

Quick intervention in Libya prevented a massacre. Empty words did nothing to halt massacres in Syria. Ten years after the Arab Spring, leaders should learn this lesson.

What to Expect from Russia’s Leadership of the Arctic Council

With Russia assuming chairship of the Arctic Council, what can we expect to see over the next two years? Here are four predictions for topics of focus, preferred partners, and institutional structure.

When the Push Outweighs the Pull: The Root Causes of Immigration from the Northern Triangle

The demographics of US-bound migrants are rapidly changing as the influx of single, Mexican adult males from the early 21st century is being replaced by a rise in children, mainly of Central American nationality. The causes of these trends are not surprising as parents of the Northern Triangle countries of Central America are continuing to send their unaccompanied children on the treacherous thousand-mile-plus journey to escape conditions endemic to their homelands. As these migration rates will likely only rise in the years to come, it is crucial that the United States re-evaluate its immigration policy to directly address the push factors that are the root causes of the recent growth in emigration rates from the region.

Felix Tshisekedi’s Newly-Independent Agenda for the DRC: Modernizer or Strongman 2.0?

Two years into his tenure as President of the DRC, Tshisekedi has only just thrown off the influence of his predecessor, Joseph Kabila. Now, with total control over his political agenda, the DRC’s leader appears torn between a modern agenda of regional integration and authoritarian repression tactics.