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September 28, 2021

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
What’s at Stake in the Debt Ceiling Showdown

U.S. lawmakers are at loggerheads over raising the limit on government borrowing. Here’s what to know about the debate.

January 7, 2021

United States
Domestic Terrorism Strikes U.S. Capitol, and Democracy

The breaching of the U.S. Capitol and disruption of the presidential succession by a pro-Trump mob has inflicted lasting damage on the nation’s image as a bastion of democracy. The country should now…

July 14, 2021

Americas
The Assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise: What to Know

The murder of Haiti’s embattled president stands to deepen the country’s political, economic, and humanitarian crisis.

September 16, 2021

Myanmar
Myanmar Is a Failing State—and Could Be a Danger to Its Neighbors

Since the Myanmar military seized power in February, it has overseen economic collapse, mishandled the COVID-19 pandemic, murdered hundreds of people, and set the stage for the state to fail.

March 22, 2021

El Salvador
Why Central American Migrants Are Arriving at the U.S. Border

Thousands of people are arriving at the U.S. southern border after fleeing the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. President Biden is reviving efforts to tackle the p…

April 14, 2021

Afghanistan
Biden’s 9/11 Withdrawal From Afghanistan: What to Know

A complete U.S. military withdrawal by September 11, 2021, could allow the Taliban to take over much of Afghanistan.

May 29, 2020

Hong Kong
Is Hong Kong Still Autonomous? What to Know About China’s New Laws

Beijing’s new national security legislation could effectively end Hong Kong’s promised semiautonomy.

October 7, 2019

Syria
The Syrian Conflict Is About to Intensify

President Donald J. Trump’s announcement of a troop withdrawal in northern Syria ahead of a Turkish invasion could revive the Islamic State and the Syrian civil war, and signal the end of U.S. influe…

February 18, 2021

United States
Can the State Department Bring More Diversity to the U.S. Diplomatic Corps?

President Biden has vowed to diversify the top ranks of government agencies. The small and shrinking number of senior Black diplomats, in particular, could undermine U.S. foreign policy goals.

April 20, 2021

Europe
COVID-19 and the Threat to Press Freedom in Central and Eastern Europe

Restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic have increased threats to press freedom in the region, raising questions over how to respond.