February 26, 2020
Coronavirus Watch; Tensions Rising in India; U.S. Democracy and the Rule of Law; Rights Under Seige; Wars and More Wars; Global Elections; and Climate Flare-Ups
" It’s not a question of if this will happen, but when this will happen, and how many people in this country will have severe illnesses."
-- Nancy Messonnier, Director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the CDC, in regards to the spread of Coronavirus in the U.S.
Coronavirus Watch

Diseases Like Covid-19 Are Deadlier in Non-Democracies” The Economist -- February 18, 2020

The “Asian Century”- Over So Soon?” Michael Austin -- The Hoover Institution, February 21, 2020

Coronavirus: North Korea Quarantines Foreigners” BBC News -- February 24, 2020

“U.S. Global Markets Plunge as Coronavirus Cases Spike Outside China” David Lynch; Rachel Siegel; Robert Costa -- The Washington Post, February 25, 2020 

Politics Go Viral As Italy Struggles With Outbreak” Silvia Sciorilli Borrelli -- Politico, February 26, 2020
Tensions Rising in India
Modi Urges Calm as New Delhi Violence Rages for 3rd Day” Jeffrey Gettleman; Suhasini Raj; Sameer Yasir -- New York Times, February 26, 2020


Millions in India Could End Up in Modi’s New Detention Camps” Bibhudatta Pradhan -- Bloomberg, February 25, 2020
U.S. Democracy and the Rule of Law
The Surprising Success of the U.S.-Indian Partnership” Ashley Tellis -- Foreign Affairs, February 21, 2020

Lawmakers Are Warned That Russia Is Meddling to Re-Elect Trump” Adam Goldman; Julian Barnes; Maggie Haberman; and Nicholas Fandos -- New York Times, February 20, 2020

The New Spheres of Influence” Graham Allison -- Foreign Affairs, March/April 2020

Treasury Targets Maduro’s Oil Lifeline” John Hardie -- Foundation for Defense of Democracies, February 24, 2020

Rights Under Siege
Egypt Bans ‘Music of the Slums’” Menna Farouk -- Al-Monitor, February 20, 2020

Uyghurs Living Abroad Tell of Campaign of Intimidation” Amnesty International, February 20, 2020 

Nine Years After Bahrain’s Uprising, Its Human Rights Crisis Has Only Worsened” Aya Majzoub -- Human Rights Watch, February 25, 2020 
Wars and More Wars
Mahra, Yemen: A Shadow Conflict Worth Watching” Ahmed Nagi -- Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, February 20, 2020

What We, The Taliban, Want” Sirajuddin Haqqani -- New York Times, February 20, 2020

Has Turkey’s Incursion Into Syria Opened the Door for an Islamic Comeback?” Dareen Khalifa and Elizabeth Tsurkov -- War on the Rocks, February 21, 2020


Global Implications of a U.S.-Led Currency War” Adam Triggs and Warwick McKibbin -- Brookings, February 20, 2020
Global Elections
Iraqi PM-Designate Says He Has Picked Cabinet, Seeks Vote of Confidence” Ahmed Aboulenein -- Reuters, February 21, 2020


Anwar Confirms PH Lawmakers Nominated Him as Malaysia's Next PM” Trinna Leong -- The Strait Times, February 26, 2020

Blue and White Stumbles as Israeli Race Finishes” Mazal Mualem -- Al-Monitor, February 26, 2020
Climate Flare-Ups
Boston Harbor Brings Ashore a New Enemy: Rising Seas” Steven Mufson -- The Washington Post, February 19, 2020

Australia's Next Danger: Mudslides” NPR, February 24, 2020

Massive Sandstorm Strands Travelers in Canary Islands” Jack Guy -- CNN, February 24, 2020