Backgrounders

Current political and economic issues succinctly explained.

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.

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Christianity in China

Author: Eleanor Albert

Tens of millions of Chinese now identify as Christians and the number has grown rapidly, posing challenges for a government that is officially atheist and wary of threats to its power.

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The Future of U.S. Trade Policy

Author: James McBride

The United States is currently pursuing two of the largest trade deals in history, the Asia-focused Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the U.S.-EU Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), but concerns persist over the effects of trade on employment, inequality, national sovereignty, and safety standards.

See more in United States; Asia and Pacific; Trade