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May 8, 2019

Southeast Asia
The Impact of the Coronation of King Vajiralongkorn

By Pavin Chachavalpongpun and Joshua Kurlantzick The coronation of King Vajiralongkorn of Thailand, held last weekend, was the first crowning of a Thai sovereign since that of his father, the late…

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May 2, 2019

South Africa
Despite Progress in South Africa After Apartheid, Problems Persist

In the run-up to the elections, the BBC has done a service by presenting statistical data on how South Africa has changed since 1994. The data is drawn from Stats SA, the official statistics office, and think tanks. South African statistics, official and non-official, are credible. The BBC’s selection of statistics shows greater social progress since the end of apartheid than the current political debate would indicate, but that poverty remains mostly black and coloured. (Coloureds often regard themselves as a separate race, not of mixed race.)

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April 25, 2019

Americas
China's Green Investments Won't Undo Its Environmental Damage to Latin America

While solar panels, electric buses, and wind turbines emerge, fossil fuel usage and demand for commodities continue to degrade Latin America’s environment.

An aerial view shows a deforested area of the Amazon jungle in southeast Peru caused by illegal mining during a police operation to destroy illegal machinery and equipment used by wildcat miners in Madre de Dios, Peru, February 19, 2019.

April 9, 2019

Sub-Saharan Africa
New Afrobarometer Data on Where and Why Africans Want to Migrate

Afrobarometer, a credible, pan-African polling organization, released new data on the desire to migrate in most African countries. How to respond to immigration in all its forms is a compelling political issue in rich countries, making the migration data especially relevant now.

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March 26, 2019

Economics
The Economic Consequences of Global Uncertainty

With new sources of uncertainty proliferating by the day, the world should brace for a broad economic slowdown or, at minimum, a lengthy period of slower growth.

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February 27, 2014

Middle East and North Africa
Algeria, Young and Old

The median age of the Algerian population is 27 years, and 46 percent of the population is under the age of 24. But its president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, is 76 years old, and is now set to take anothe…

March 12, 2019

United States
Inequality and Tax Rates: A Global Comparison

With economic inequality at an all-time high, some U.S. presidential candidates are proposing dramatic shifts to the U.S. tax code. How have similar plans worked elsewhere in the world?

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March 12, 2019

Pharmaceuticals and Vaccines
Measles and the Threat of the Anti-vaccination Movement

Measles cases have spiked as a growing number of anti-vaxxers, opting out of immunizations for their kids, threaten decades of progress toward eliminating the disease.

A medical staff worker with a syringe containing vaccine for measles and mumps at a clinic in Moscow, Russia.

March 11, 2019

Americas
Lopez Obrador Is Dismantling Democracy in Mexico

His concentration of power in an already strong presidency bodes ill for civil society and fragile institutions.

Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador gestures during a news conference at National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico December 26, 2018.

March 8, 2019

World Order
Six Women Who Shaped the Contemporary World Order

This International Women's Day, we highlight six women whose contributions have helped to shape the contemporary world order.

International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde speaks with Nigeria's Minister of Finance Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala during a conference on "Africa's Future: Responding to Today's Global Economic Challenges" in Lagos, December 20, 2011.