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September 10, 2018

Trade
A truck driver waits to unload his cargo of cereal grain at a rail terminal in Alto Araguaia, Brazil. Mercosur: South America’s Fractious Trade Bloc

Political shifts and economic challenges in Latin America could either boost Latin America’s largest trade bloc or lead to its obsolescence.

August 30, 2018

Brazil
A Petrobras refinery in Cubatao, Brazil. Brazil’s Corruption Fallout

Federal investigators in Brazil have uncovered corruption at the highest levels of the government and in the country’s largest corporations.

August 8, 2018

Nigeria
A girl watches other children on a merry-go-round in an abandoned amusement park in Maiduguri, Nigeria. Nigeria’s Battle With Boko Haram

Boko Haram, known for mass kidnappings, bombings, and other acts of terrorism, remains an enduring threat to northern Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin.

August 2, 2018

China
Microchip production in China Is ‘Made in China 2025’ a Threat to Global Trade?

China’s industrial policy is aimed at rapidly expanding its high-tech sectors and developing its advanced manufacturing base. The plan is seen as a threat by President Trump , and could escalate the trade war.

March 12, 2018

Haiti
Two men overlook Port-au-Prince in the wake of the 7.0-magnitude earthquake of 2010. Haiti’s Troubled Path to Development

Hobbled by foreign interventions, political instability, and natural disasters, the former French colony has long suffered from underdevelopment.

June 9, 2017

United Kingdom
EU and UK flags fly during a pro-EU march in front of the British Parliament in London. What Brexit Means

Brexit supporters argue that the EU threatens sovereignty and stifles growth, while opponents counter that EU membership strengthens trade, investment, and the UK’s standing in the world.

October 14, 2015

China
The SCO heads of state, the heads of observer states and governments, and international organisation delegation heads during the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Ufa, Russia, July 10, 2015. The Shanghai Cooperation Organization

Eurasia’s Shanghai Cooperation Organization has expanded its agenda to include wide-reaching security and economic initiatives, but it remains to be seen if the bloc’s members can develop and impleme…

July 4, 2014

Taliban
Policemen gather around a shopping mall after a Taliban attack in January 2010. The Taliban in Afghanistan

Though toppled from power in 2001, the Taliban regrouped to resist the U.S.-led occupation of Afghanistan. As international forces draw down, the insurgency remains resilient.

January 3, 2014

Lebanon
Lebanese Hezbollah supporters gesture as they march during a religious procession to mark Ashura in Beirut Hezbollah

Hezbollah’s long-standing resistance to Israel gained this Lebanon-based Shiite political party and militant group broad support, but its involvement in Syria’s civil war may jeopardize its domestic …

June 14, 2013

Iran
Members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps mark the anniversary of the Islamic revolution. Iran’s Revolutionary Guards

Conceived as principal defenders of the 1979 Islamic revolution, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps has evolved into a vast institution with political, economic, and military power.