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October 29, 2019

Global
Same-Sex Marriage: Global Comparisons

A growing number of countries are legalizing same-sex marriage amid a steady advance in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights, but opposition remains strong in many countries.

A couple has their pre-wedding photos taken in Taipei, Taiwan.

July 8, 2010

Germany
Merkel’s Sinking Support

German Chancellor Angela Merkel faces dwindling support because of "dithering" on the euro crisis and Germans’ opposition to having troops in Afghanistan, says Germany expert William Drozdiak.

October 2, 2019

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
The E-cigarette Backlash

An outbreak of a lung illness linked to vaping is raising the pressure on countries to rein in the booming e-cigarette industry.

September 17, 2019

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
The U.S. Opioid Epidemic

Opioid addiction in the United States has reached epidemic proportions, threatening not only public health but economic output and national security.

A man uses heroin under a bridge where he lives with other addicts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

August 15, 2019

Zimbabwe
Why Is Zimbabwe Starving?

Long-standing financial troubles and drought in Zimbabwe have pushed millions to the brink of starvation.

June 7, 2018

Germany
Merkel and Scholz Have Put the IMF in a Pickle

Germany seems to have ruled out all the mechanisms for eurozone fiscal expansion that the IMF liked…

Merkel and Scholz Have Put the IMF in a Pickle

August 29, 2019

Central America
Can ‘Safe Third Country’ Agreements Resolve the Asylum Crisis?

Washington is hoping it can force asylum seekers to stay south of the border.

June 22, 2016

Germany
Merkel’s Erdogan Problem

Sabina Frizell is a research associate in the Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations. This week alone, Turkey jailed two journalists on trumped-up terror…

Merkel Erdogan photo_cropped

July 25, 2019

Mexico
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.

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

June 13, 2019

Democratic Republic of Congo
The Escalating Ebola Crisis in the DRC

An outbreak in the DRC has spread to neighboring Uganda, and conflict and mistrust of health workers is impeding international efforts to contain the disease.

A health worker puts on personal protective equipment before entering the red zone of an Ebola treatment center, where he will check up on patients in Bunia, Democratic Republic of Congo.