Interactives

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

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.

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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.

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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

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.)

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Eleven World-Shaking Developments in 2011

Author: Hagit Ariav

The year 2011 was marked by the advance of democratic movements in the Arab world and the economic struggle of advanced democracies. It saw unprecedented military operations in Pakistan and Libya and a new U.S. military commitment to the Asia-Pacific region. This interactive slideshow showcases ten momentous developments in 2011 that will likely continue to reverberate.

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Map: Vaccine-Preventable Outbreaks

This interactive map visually plots global outbreaks of measles, mumps, whooping cough, polio, rubella, and other diseases that are easily preventable by inexpensive and effective vaccines. The Global Health Program at the Council on Foreign Relations has been tracking news reports on these outbreaks since the fall of 2008. This project aims to promote awareness of a global health problem that is easily preventable.

See more in Global; Pharmaceuticals and Vaccines; Public Health Threats and Pandemics

Crisis Guide: The Global Economy

Author: Lee Hudson Teslik
Producers: Michael Moran and Jeremy Sherlick

An in-depth, multimedia look at the causes and consequences of the global economic crisis that seeks to unravel the questions surrounding the downturn and shed light on its policy implications, drawing on insights from leading thinkers on economics and international affairs.

See more in Financial Crises; Global