Explainers
Backgrounders
  • Endemic to the African tropics, the Ebola virus has killed thousands in recent years, putting the World Health Organization and major donor countries in the limelight as they’ve grappled with how to respond to outbreaks.
  • President Trump reached a deal with Canada and Mexico to restructure the North American Free Trade Agreement, hoping a new trilateral accord will reinvigorate the U.S. manufacturing sector.  
  • The race to find a vaccine for the new coronavirus is well underway. Governments and researchers are aiming to provide billions of people with immunity in eighteen months or less, which would be unprecedented.
  • More than a million Muslims have been arbitrarily detained in China’s Xinjiang region. The reeducation camps are just one part of the government’s crackdown on Uighurs.  
In Briefs
  • Russians have voted on a sweeping package of more than two hundred constitutional amendments, the most important of which exempts President Vladimir Putin from term limits and potentially allows him to rule until 2036. What does this change mean for the country’s future?
  • New U.S. sanctions under the Caesar Act could compound the economic turmoil threatening to undo the Assad regime.
  • China and India’s border dispute turned deadly for the first time in more than four decades. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s response will be critical to de-escalation.
  • The conflict in oil-rich Libya has become a proxy war, fueled by rival foreign powers such as Russia and Turkey.
Podcasts
  • Americans celebrate Independence Day amid a worrisome surge in COVID-19 cases across the country, a dramatic heatwave continues in the Arctic, and Hong Kong reacts to China’s sweeping national security legislation.
  • Whether you think we are making history or repeating it, it’s safe to say we are living in a historic time. In this episode, Why It Matters asks three historians to weigh in on how to use the past to examine the present and make better choices for the future.
  • Nick Schifrin, foreign affairs and defense correspondent for PBS NewsHour, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss China’s role in the world. Schifrin is the host of PBS NewsHour’s 2019 documentary series China: Power and Prosperity. An update to the series on how the coronavirus has redefined U.S.-China relations will air on July 8th.
Special Projects
Videos
  • As countries consider how and when to vote in the coming months, here's what experts recommend for holding safe and secure elections during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Fast fashion has become a multibillion-dollar industry in recent decades, reshaping the world’s shopping habits. But the industry’s low prices disguise a staggering environmental cost.
  • From trade to film, China's influence in Africa is nearly everywhere. Why—and at what cost?
  • In 2019, researchers assessed how prepared 195 countries were for a health crisis. But how have countries measured up against the real-life pandemic? Here’s how their scores last year compare to their responses today.
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