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June 15, 2018

Democratic Republic of Congo
A man digs through some mine waste searching for leftover cobalt. The Cobalt Boom

Demand has skyrocketed for cobalt, focusing attention on its complex and controversial supply chain. The element is an important component in lithium-ion batteries, which power everything from electric cars to smartphones.

June 6, 2018

North Korea
Vehicles carry missiles during a military parade in Pyongyang. North Korea’s Military Capabilities

Kim Jong-un has accelerated North Korea’s buildup of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction, while also modernizing its large conventional force.

March 14, 2018

China
Xi Jinping stands before delegates at the closing session of the nineteenth National Congress of the Communist Party of China. The Chinese Communist Party

The Chinese Communist Party faces a host of pressing domestic and international policy issues as it transitions to a new generation of leaders.

February 9, 2018

China
An African student practices Shaolin martial arts in Henan Province. China’s Big Bet on Soft Power

China is believed to spend billions of dollars to boost its international image, but it has yet to see a marked return on its investment in soft power.

December 28, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
African Leaders Africa’s ‘Leaders for Life’ Syndrome

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to many of the world’s longest-ruling heads of state, but civil society and regional blocs may be slowing the trend of extending presidential terms in some areas.

October 17, 2017

United States
Chinese steel factory The U.S. Trade Deficit: How Much Does It Matter?

President Trump has made reducing the U.S. trade deficit a priority, blaming trade deals like NAFTA, but economists disagree over how policymakers should respond.

October 12, 2017

China
Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives at the Great Hall of the People in Beijng to celebrate the ninetieth anniversary of the People's Liberation Army, August 1, 2017. Making Sense of China’s Nineteenth Party Congress

As China’s senior Communist Party members anoint its future leaders, President Xi Jinping is poised to solidify his position and power at next week’s party congress.

July 1, 2014

Japan
Former U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta addresses U.S. and Japanese forces at Yokota Air Base outside of Tokyo, October 24, 2011. The U.S.-Japan Security Alliance

The U.S.-Japan alliance has been the cornerstone of Washington’s security policy in East Asia, but rising threats from China, North Korea, and economic recovery raise questions about the future of th…

March 3, 2014

Global Governance
The Group of Eight (G8) Industrialized Nations

After more than three decades of existence, the Group of Eight (G8) is struggling to defend its relevance amid criticism of its limited membership and lack of a compliance mechanism.

February 6, 2014

United States
U.S. Supreme Court, Washington, DC U.S. Antitrust Policy

Antitrust law, which has evolved primarily through landmark Supreme Court cases, plays an essential role in the maintenance of efficient markets and promotion of long-term U.S. economic prosperity.