Backgrounders

Current political and economic issues succinctly explained.

Ebola Virus

Author: Danielle Renwick

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa killed thousands and spurred efforts to improve responses to pandemics, explains this Backgrounder.

See more in Africa (sub-Saharan); Health

The U.S. Child Migrant Influx

Author: Danielle Renwick

Tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors, mostly from Central America, are arriving in the United States illegally, adding severe stress to an immigration system already in need of major overhaul.

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Renewing America

Renewing America

Driverless Cars

Author: Steven J. Markovich

Tech and auto companies in the United States, Europe, and Asia are moving forward rapidly with efforts to develop driverless cars and street networks. The benefits appear tantalizing, but roadblocks loom.

See more in Global; Technology and Science