Graphics and multimedia explainers on the foreign policy, national security, and international financial issues of the day.
Japan experienced unparalleled destruction by U.S. military forces in 1945 in the last months of World War II, resulting in its complete capitulation. Washington played a decisive role in Tokyo's postwar reconstruction, but the legacy of Japan's wartime actions continues to be a source of tension with its Asia Pacific neighbors.
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Central bank currency swaps are becoming the new cross-border tool of choice in financial crisis management. This interactive explores the rapid growth of currency swaps since 2007 and its implications for the global financial system.
See more in Global; Banks and Banking; International Finance
The Kurds are one of the world's largest peoples without a state, making up sizable minorities in Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey. Their history is marked by marginalization and persecution. This InfoGuide explains how in a Middle East undergoing the convulsions of Syria's civil war, Iraq's destabilization, and conflict with the self-proclaimed Islamic State, some Kurds may be on the verge of achieving their century-old quest for independence.
See more in Middle East and North Africa; Ethnicity, Minorities, and National Identity
Since the creation of the European Union in 1992 and the subsequent launch of the euro, Greece’s fiscal mismanagement and resulting debt crisis has repeatedly threatened the stability of the eurozone—and the country’s troubles are far from over.
See more in Greece; Budget, Debt, and Deficits
The Taliban has outlasted the world’s most potent military forces and its two main factions now challenge the governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan. As U.S. troops draw down, the next phase of conflict will have consequences that extend far beyond the region.
See more in Afghanistan; Pakistan; Terrorist Organizations and Networks; Regional Security
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
The Berlin Wall's collapse a quarter of a century ago sparked the transformation of institutions, governments, and economies across Europe. This feature looks back at some of the most significant consequences and developments.
See more in Europe; International Organizations and Alliances
Sectarian conflict is becoming entrenched in some Muslim countries and is threatening to fracture Iraq and Syria. This InfoGuide explains the roots of Sunni-Shia tensions and how they could reshape the Middle East.
See more in Middle East and North Africa; Peace, Conflict, and Human Rights; Religion
Despite nuclear concerns that challenged the rapport during and after the Cold War, U.S.-India relations have remained generally cooperative.
See more in India; Diplomacy and Statecraft
Following Fidel Castro’s ascent to power, U.S.-Cuba ties have endured a nuclear crisis, a long U.S. economic embargo, and political hostilities. The diplomatic relationship remained frozen well beyond the end of the Cold War but moved toward normalization in 2015.
See more in Cuba; Politics and Strategy
The northern reaches of the planet are melting at a pace few nations can afford to ignore, yielding potentially lucrative returns in energy, minerals, and shipping. But debate is mounting over whether the Arctic can be developed sustainably and peaceably.
See more in Arctic; Energy and Environment
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
The Global Conflict Tracker is an interactive guide to U.S. conflict prevention priorities in 2014 and is based on the most recent Preventive Priorities Survey (PPS).
See more in Global; Peace, Conflict, and Human Rights
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.
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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
This timeline examines the events that precipitated the U.S. war in Afghanistan as well as the history of the war.
See more in Afghanistan; United States; Military Operations; Wars and Warfare
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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.
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New Approaches to News & Documentary Programming: Current News Coverage
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Immigration has been an important element of U.S. economic and cultural vitality since the country's founding. This interactive timeline outlines the evolution of U.S. immigration policy after World War II.
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