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

Sustainable Development Goals

Author: Danielle Renwick

The UN’s sweeping new development agenda aims to “provide the overarching narrative” of sustainable growth for the next fifteen years, yet critics say the Sustainable Development goals are broad, unfocused, and unrealistic. 

See more in Global; Global Governance; Development

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