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AI Policy Primer 2020 Peter

Fri, Mar 27, 2020

AI, society and governance: An introduction

AI’s increasing range of applications are having real-world consequences, both positive and negative. Those consequences, in turn, have animated spirited and at times emotional debates about how governments can craft policies to come to grips with a world increasingly shaped by AI.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Peter Engelke

China Digital Policy

Fri, Mar 27, 2020

Tanzania’s mild response to COVID-19 and its implications for the 2020 elections

Tanzanian President John Magufuli received widespread criticism as he encouraged the public to continue to attend places of worship, rather than imposing stringent restrictions to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak. As the number of cases rise in Dar es Salaam, what will the spread in the city look like? With the upcoming 2020 presidential election, will Magufuli use the COVID-19 outbreak as a pretext for seeking a third term in office?

AfricaSource by Neil Edwards

Africa Coronavirus

Fri, Mar 27, 2020

Israel is now within striking distance of having a new government

Political drama in Israel reached a new peak on March 26 when Benny Gantz, chairman of the now ruptured Blue and White alliance, was installed as speaker of the Knesset in Jerusalem.

MENASource by Shalom Lipner

Israel Middle East

Fri, Mar 27, 2020

U.S. politicians exploit coronavirus fears with anti-Chinese dog whistles

Political tensions rise as leading conservative politicians repeatedly term COVID-19 as a Chinese or “foreign” disease.

Article by Max Rizzuto

Politics & Diplomacy United States and Canada

Fri, Mar 27, 2020

US cuts Afghan aid: Will it bring peace closer?

Recent weeks have seen Afghanistan politically paralyzed with both Ghani and Abdullah setting up parallel governments in Kabul, after both claimed victory in the September 2019 presidential elections. Secretary Pompeo attempted to push the Afghan government(s) towards talks with the Taliban and failed.

New Atlanticist by South Asia Center

Afghanistan Conflict

Fri, Mar 27, 2020

Leading through the mud

The sacrifices required to defeat the coronavirus do not require mass death. Loose talk of allowing coronavirus to kill people—young as well as old—to advance a politically-driven schedule for an early announcement of success is morally abhorrent.

New Atlanticist by Daniel Fried

Coronavirus Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Mar 26, 2020

Six reasons the Kremlin spreads disinformation about the coronavirus

Fabrications about COVID-19’s origins are meant to stir up anti-U.S. sentiment and fuel discord.

Article by Jakub Kalenský

Coronavirus Disinformation

Thu, Mar 26, 2020

Riaz quoted in Scroll.in on Bangladesh’s decision to free ex-PM Khaleda Zia amidst Covid-19

In the News by Atlantic Council

Bangladesh Coronavirus

Thu, Mar 26, 2020

COVID-19 in the DR Congo

As of March 24, the Democratic Republic of Congo had only forty-eight confirmed cases of coronavirus, with three dead of the disease. But although Congo is only in the very first stages of the pandemic, the contrast between the degree of state capacity and social discipline that it takes to stifle the disease and Congo’s record on these two counts is particularly worrisome.

AfricaSource by Pierre Englebert

Africa Coronavirus

Thu, Mar 26, 2020

New tensions between Iran and the IAEA threaten the JCPOA

Amid the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus, concerns are being expressed by some experts that the disease could hamper the ability of the IAEA to monitor Iran’s nuclear program.

IranSource by Sina Azodi

Coronavirus Iran