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Top picks for August
Four examples of highly topical coverage from last month – free to access.
Trump’s ban on China’s WeChat may carry a heavy price
President Donald Trump issued two executive orders on August 6 that effectively ban the Chinese-owned apps TikTok and WeChat. The impact of the TikTok ban will be limited, but targeting WeChat strikes at the heart of the China-US digital ecosystem.
Lifting COVID-19 measures may hit resilient eastern EU
Available second-quarter data indicate a shallower recession in most of the eleven eastern EU member states (EU-11) than the rest of the EU in January-June. This may be due to a strong start in January-February, followed by strict but shorter lockdowns and macroeconomic measures introduced to smooth the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact.
Beirut blast could bring hunger, disease and fury
The leading theory suggests an accidental cause. The blast has caused massive devastation and put extreme pressure on struggling healthcare facilities. Lebanon was already facing a deep economic and political crisis.
Pandemic will weigh on green bond issuance this year
Issuance in March saw the largest drop in the first six months of this year due to the pandemic .
The green bond market segment saw a major drop in the first half of 2020 due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on economies and capital markets. The downturn came after a strong 2019 when there was a record issuance of green bonds.
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Securitised Middle East COVID-19 responses raise risks
The pandemic has compounded existing economic and political crises in Beirut and Baghdad, with the securitisation of the response straining military and state legitimacy. Read more about the growing concerns around the mobilisation of security forces in the Middle East.
Russia & China lead on offensive cyber skills
Over the past week, Western governments have attributed several offensive cyber campaigns to Russian and Chinese state-linked actors. Read about the aftermath and the future of cybersecurity in this week’s Expert Briefing.
Local lockdowns will be key in COVID-19 management
This week’s Oxford Analytica Featured Graphic Analysis explores Europe’s largest COVID19 study and how both local and regional lockdowns will be a key strategy towards stopping the spread of the outbreak.
Development bodies boost gender mainstreaming effort
Research indicates that the #COVID19 pandemic has disproportionately harmed women, girls and gender minorities, while also disrupting humanitarian services targeted at them.
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