Explainers
Backgrounders
  • Modern vice presidents can trace much of their political influence to the broad reforms that Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale made to the second-highest elected office in the late 1970s.
  • With its comparatively open and well-regulated immigration system, Canada has become a top destination for immigrants and refugees.
  • Military experience gained from fighting in Syria’s civil war and decades of clashes with Israel have made the Iran-backed group stronger than ever, but the biggest threat it faces may be upheaval in its own backyard.
  • Recent killings by U.S. officers have sparked widespread calls for police reform and an end to systemic racism. Here’s how U.S. policing compares with other countries’ approaches.
In Briefs
  • As the pandemic continues, more than half of the world’s countries are mandating the wearing of face masks in public. Is it helping to slow the spread of COVID-19?
  • The coronavirus pandemic has forced many companies to switch to remote work, some permanently. What does this mean for the economy?  
  • An explosion has caused heavy damage to an Iranian nuclear facility just as the country approaches a bold new energy partnership with China, but Iran shows no signs of slowing down its nuclear program.
  • 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?
Podcasts
  • Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia director at Human Rights Watch, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the abuses against Muslim Rohingya from Myanmar.
  • Presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is expected to announce his running mate, Japan marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings, and China commemorates the formation of the People’s Liberation Army.
  • As the effects of climate change move from scientific predictions to daily headlines, some investors have begun sounding the alarm about impending dangers to financial markets. In this episode, experts break down the intersection of climate change and the economy, and examine whether the persuasive power of the dollar can be leveraged in the fight for climate action.
Special Projects
Videos
  • COVID-19 has spread across nearly every country in the world, disproportionally infecting and killing the vulnerable. Densely populated refugee camps with limited access to medical care are one of the most high-risk population on the globe. This video explores how international aid groups have stepped in amidst further hardship in refugee camps. 
  • 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?
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