Backgrounders

Current political and economic issues succinctly explained.

Foreign Policy at the Conventions

Authors: Jonathan Masters and Gopal Ratnam

Foreign policy issues regularly come to the fore at the national political conventions, especially during periods of global instability. Sometimes the events are marked by bitter disagreements within the parties, explains this Backgrounder.

See more in United States; Elections

The Rohingya Migrant Crisis

Author: Eleanor Albert

Tens of thousands of Rohingya are fleeing persecution in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. This Backgrounder explores the plight of the Muslim ethnic minority group and the deepening migration crisis in Southeast Asia.

See more in Burma/Myanmar; Migration