Interactives

Graphics and multimedia explainers on the foreign policy, national security, and international financial issues of the day.

The Emerging Global Health Crisis, Interactive

Author: Thomas J. Bollyky
Producer: Andrei Henry

The gravest health threats facing low- and middle-income countries are not the plagues, parasites, and blights that dominate the news cycle and international relief efforts. They are the everyday diseases -- heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and chronic respiratory illnesses -- we understand and could address, but fail to take action against.

See more in Global; Diseases, Noncommunicable; Public Health Threats and Pandemics

Timeline: U.S.-Cuba Relations

Following Fidel Castro's ascent to power, U.S.-Cuba ties have endured a nuclear crisis, a long-lasting U.S. economic embargo, and ongoing political hostilities. Well beyond the end of the Cold War, the diplomatic relationship between Washington and Havana remains frozen.

See more in Cuba; Politics and Strategy

Child Marriage

Author: Brianna Lee
Producers: Jeremy Sherlick and Hagit Ariav

Child marriage remains widespread in developing countries, disproportionately affecting girls and endangering their lives and livelihoods. Rooted in cultural tradition and poverty, the practice not only violates human rights laws but also threatens stability and economic development.

See more in Global; Peace, Conflict, and Human Rights; Children

Timeline: Al-Shabab

Al-Shabab is a militant group fighting for the creation of a fundamentalist Islamic state in Somalia. An African Union military campaign in recent years has weakened the group, yet it remains a threat in a politically volatile, war-torn state. Al-Shabab's activities have mainly focused on targets within Somalia, but it has also carried-out deadly strikes in the region. This interactive timeline looks at the recent history of Al-Shabab from 2004 to present.

See more in Somalia; Terrorism

China's Maritime Disputes

Author: Beina Xu
Producers: Jeremy Sherlick and Hagit Ariav

The East and South China Seas are the scene of escalating territorial disputes between China and its neighbors, including Japan, Vietnam, and the Philippines. The tensions, shaped by China's growing assertiveness, have fueled concerns over armed conflict and raised questions about Washington's security commitments in its strategic rebalance toward the Asia-Pacific region.

See more in Asia and Pacific; Defense and Security

Timeline: Leaders Facing Justice

Author: Brianna Lee

Since 1945, many leaders have been brought before courts to answer to charges including genocide, corruption, and crimes against humanty in an effort to promote and enfore the rule of law. This timeline highlights some of these trials.

See more in Global; Courts and Tribunals

2012: The Year of Elections

Authors: Jeremy Sherlick and Brianna Lee

Elections throughout the world in 2012 brought several countries to a crossroads as they struggled with the eurozone debt crisis, the formation of post-Arab Spring governments, and recovery from economic malaise. This timeline revisits twelve of the year's most pivotal elections.

See more in Global; Elections

Timeline: Venezuela's Chavez Era

Authors: Stephanie Hanson and Brianna Lee
Producer: Jeremy Sherlick

Hugo Chavez became president in 1999 on a populist platform, but after his "socialist revolution," critics said the country resembled an authoritarian state. This interactive timeline looks back at Chavez's rise to power and the impact of his presidency.

See more in Venezuela; Politics and Strategy

Nigeria Security Tracker

The Council on Foreign Relations's Nigeria Security Tracker, an effort to catalog and map political violence based on a weekly survey of Nigerian and international press. The data presented includes violent incidents related to political, economic, and social grievances directed at the state or other affiliative groups (or conversely the state employing violence to respond to those incidents.)

See more in Nigeria; Defense and Security