CSR Blog: Quiet Storm: Taiwan’s COVID-19 Outbreak, Mapping the Pandemic in a Democracy

By Nicholas A. Henderson In late 2019, when news broke of a novel coronavirus spreading in Wuhan, China, Taiwan’s government deployed their rapid response plan. Taiwan, an island of 24 million people, had learned from the SARS epidemic of 2003 and wasted no time in becoming the first to employ mobile phones for tracking infected …

CSR Blog: An Evaluation of Public-Related Origins of China’s Assertive Foreign Policy

By Yinxuan Wang Since 2012, Chinese diplomacy has moved toward toughness, emphasizing China’s core interests - security, sovereignty, and development - continuing the trend that had begun in 2009. For instance, China has increased its maritime law enforcement ships in the South China Sea. In 2012, China sent coast guard ships to Diaoyu Island and …

CSR Blog: Reducing the Political Influence of Chinese Lending through the COVID-19 Fallout

By Bartholomew Connolly Background The COVID-19 pandemic presents a unique opportunity for the U.S. to reframe its economic engagement with Africa.  African nations have currently issued approximately $115 billion in sovereign debt, with nearly $30 billion coming due in the next five years, according to the Financial Times.1  The ability of African states to service …