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June 15, 2018

Taiwan
Military honor guards lower the Taiwanese flag, at Liberty Square, in Taipei, Taiwan. China-Taiwan Relations

Differences over Taiwan’s status fuel tensions between the island and mainland, yet cross-strait economic ties continue to deepen. 

March 28, 2018

China
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un meets with China’s Xi Jinping in Beijing. The China–North Korea Relationship

China is North Korea’s biggest trade partner and has leverage over Kim Jong-un’s regime, yet its policies focus more on border stability than nuclear threat.

March 13, 2018

Trade
Dispute Resolution in Trade Agreements How Are Trade Disputes Resolved?

With President Donald Trump launching NAFTA negotiations and criticizing the WTO, international trade dispute forums are under increasing scrutiny.

March 13, 2018

United States
A U.S. Border Patrol agent keeps watch along the fence next to the U.S.-Mexican border in Calexico, California, February 2017. The U.S. Immigration Debate

Comprehensive immigration reform has eluded Congress for years, moving controversial policy decisions into the executive and judicial branches of government.

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.

January 19, 2018

Olympics
Lighting the Olympic Torch The Economics of Hosting the Olympic Games

The costs of hosting the Olympics have skyrocketed, while the economic benefits are far from clear. This has led to fewer states interested in playing host and a search for options to lighten the bur…

January 12, 2018

United States
The State of U.S. Infrastructure The State of U.S. Infrastructure

Amid deliberations over President Trump’s first budget, debate has intensified over how to improve the nation’s infrastructure, as analysts say U.S. transportation, water, and other systems face majo…

January 3, 2018

North Korea
A woman works at a textile mill in Pyongyang, North Korea. What to Know About the Sanctions on North Korea

North Korea continues to endure economic sanctions, suggesting that enforcement has not been strong enough to pressure Pyongyang into negotiations on its nuclear program.

July 18, 2017

Infrastructure
US Water BGR header The Beleaguered U.S. Water System

The U.S. water system, among the safest and most reliable in the world, is central to the nation’s economy, but chronic underinvestment, increasing demand, and worsening droughts have revealed weakne…

June 22, 2017

China
Hong-Kong-Democracy-BGR.jpg Democracy in Hong Kong

Hong Kong has certain political and economic freedoms based on China’s “one country, two systems” principle, but the city’s political evolution is challenging its relationship with the mainland.