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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.

November 15, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Costas Vaxevanis and Nuhu Ribadu—Birds of a Feather

This is a guest post by Jim Sanders, a career, now retired, West Africa watcher for various federal agencies. The views expressed below are his personal views and do not reflect those of his former e…

Africa - Costas Vaxevanis

May 1, 2019

Energy and Climate Policy
Envisioning a Green New Deal: A Global Comparison

The Green New Deal has motivated those who want the United States to undertake unprecedented climate action, but it has also drawn backlash. How is the rest of the world grappling with decarbonizatio…

Monika Skolimowska/picture alliance via Getty Images

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?

IRS

February 20, 2019

Americas
Mexico Is Making the Wrong Bet on Venezuela

Lopez Obrador’s tacit support for Maduro will diminish his political capital at home and abroad.

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

January 9, 2019

Americas
Latin America Needs to Fix Its Education Deficit

Investing more in human capital is the region’s best hope to escape the middle-income trap.

School children play in classroom at Sao Jose school in Morro Do Veridiano, Belagua

November 26, 2018

Nicaragua
Nicaragua in Crisis: What to Know

Political and economic unrest in Nicaragua could stoke the flames in a region where insecurity has forced tens of thousands to flee in recent years.

Jorge Cabrera/Reuters

November 27, 2018

Brazil
Latin America’s New Populism Isn’t About the Economy

Injustice, not economic class, is what’s turning voters against the political establishment. 

Mexico's President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks during a rally as part of a tour to thank supporters for his victory in the July 1 election, in Mexico City, Mexico September 29, 2018.

April 26, 2013

Diplomacy and International Institutions
The World Next Week: Obama Visits Mexico and Costa Rica, Shinzo Abe Visits Russia, Tensions Rise in the East China Sea

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed Barack Obama’s trip to Mexico and Costa Rica, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe’s trip to Russia, and rising tensions in the East China…

Barack Obama meets with Mexican president-elect Enrique Pena Nieto in the Oval Office in November (Kevin Lamarque/Courtesy Reuters).

September 6, 2018

Nicaragua
Haley Brings Nicaragua to the UN Security Council

Using her power as this month's president of the UN Security Council, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley brought the violent and tragic situation in Nicaragua to the Council this week…