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May 22, 2020

China
Democracy in Hong Kong

As China’s power continues to grow, some fear that the considerable autonomy Hong Kong has enjoyed over the last three decades could slip away.

Protesters wearing black carry black umbrellas and stand next to a white figure that looks like the Goddess of Democracy statue in Hong Kong.

April 30, 2020

United States
The National Debt Dilemma

With the U.S. national debt already exceeding $16 trillion, President Trump’s tax reform and budget deals with Congress have added to the country’s deficits. CFR explores the origins of the national debt, the risks it presents, and the outlook for change.

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May 4, 2020

Coronavirus
Coronavirus: How Are Countries Responding to the Economic Crisis?

The coronavirus pandemic is slowing global commerce to a crawl, but many of the world’s largest economies are taking extraordinary actions to propel them through the crisis.

A pedestrian wearing a protective face mask amid the the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is reflected on a screen displaying stock prices outside a brokerage in Tokyo, Japan, on March 17, 2020.

April 27, 2020

Yemen
Yemen in Crisis

Yemen’s mounting internal divisions and a Saudi-led military intervention have spawned an escalating political, military, and humanitarian crisis.

Five Houthis ride atop a military vehicle.

April 9, 2020

Oil and Petroleum Products
OPEC in a Changing World

Western leaders have long criticized OPEC’s power to raise oil prices, but the bloc’s influence is on the wane as U.S. oil production has soared and alternative energies have come to the fore.

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April 17, 2020

European Union
How Does the European Union Work?

The European Union has navigated a thicket of external and internal crises in recent years, including mass migration and Brexit. What are the union’s core institutions, and what roles do they play?

The chamber of the European Parliament during a voting session at the EU parliament's headquarters in Strasbourg..

April 15, 2020

Coronavirus
Comparing Six Health-Care Systems in a Pandemic

Here’s how different health-care systems, including single-payer and government-run, have contended with the coronavirus.

A physician wearing a mask and face protection uses a stethoscope to listen to a patient's breathing while the patient sits on a hospital bed.

April 2, 2020

United States
Why Does the Census Matter?

The U.S. census, one of the few in the world to directly count every resident, is used to distribute political power as well as federal funding. In 2020, it faces complications due to the coronavirus…

Aerial shot suburban LA

March 31, 2020

Monetary Policy
What Is the U.S. Federal Reserve?

Over the past decade, the Fed has deployed trillions of dollars in stimulus while expanding its regulatory oversight. Under the Trump administration, the central bank is back on the front lines to fi…

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February 24, 2020

Trade
NAFTA and the USMCA: Weighing the Impact of North American Trade

President Trump has reached a deal with Canada and Mexico to restructure the North American Free Trade Agreement, hoping a new trilateral accord will reinvigorate the U.S. manufacturing sector.  

Mexican commercial trucks cross into the United States.