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Understakers have had to take special precautions following a spike in COVID-19 related burials. EFE-EPA/Kim Ludbrook

Why human rights should guide responses to the global pandemic

While restrictions on civil and political liberties may be necessary to protect lives, human rights law requires that they go no further than what’s strictly necessary to achieve this goal.
As president, Trump has cultivated close relations with autocratic leaders while distancing the U.S. from its traditional allies in Europe and Asia. Bernd von Jutrczenka/picture alliance via Getty Images

Trump’s foreign policy is still ‘America First’ – what does that mean, exactly?

In 2016 Trump promised to ‘shake the rust off America’s foreign policy.’ Four years later, it’s clearer what that looks like: a US that sits on the sidelines of world crises and collaborations alike.
French soldiers patrol in armoured personnel carriers during the Barkhane operation in northern Burkina Faso in 2019. Michele Cattani/AFP via Getty Images

France in the Sahel: a case of the reluctant multilateralist?

More than 20 years after the shift from unilateralism to multilateralism, it is reasonable to wonder how multilateral France’s ‘new interventionism’ really is.

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