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July 18, 2017

Infrastructure
US Water BGR header The Beleaguered U.S. Water System

The U.S. water system, among the safest and most reliable in the world, is central to the nation’s economy, but chronic underinvestment, increasing demand, and worsening droughts have revealed weakne…

June 30, 2017

Global Governance
General view of the inner city in Hamburg, Germany. What to Know About the Hamburg G20 Summit

The G20 summit comes amid tensions over trade, climate, and refugee policy and increased uncertainty over the U.S. commitment to multilateral institutions.

June 9, 2017

Brexit
EU and UK flags fly during a pro-EU march in front of the British Parliament in London. What Brexit Means

Brexit supporters argue that the EU threatens sovereignty and stifles growth, while opponents counter that EU membership strengthens trade, investment, and the UK’s standing in the world.

June 7, 2017

Brexit
Theresa May What's at Stake in the UK Elections?

As the United Kingdom recovers from a string of terror attacks, the country’s parliamentary elections could determine the course of its Brexit negotiations, trade and economic policy, internal border…

June 1, 2017

Paris Climate Agreement
The Eiffel Tower announces the Paris Agreement The Consequences of Leaving the Paris Agreement

By withdrawing from the Paris accord, the United States—the second-largest global emitter—could undercut collective efforts to reduce emissions, transition to renewable energy sources, and lock in fu…

May 25, 2017

United States
US-Debt-BGR-Header-2-1160x630.jpg Trump and the National Debt

The U.S. national debt now exceeds $14 trillion, prompting calls for tax and spending reforms as President Donald J. Trump issues his administration’s first budget proposal. 

April 11, 2017

United States
Foreign-Aid-BGR-Header-1160x630.jpg How Does the U.S. Spend Its Foreign Aid?

With President Donald J. Trump advocating for deep cuts to U.S. foreign aid, debate has renewed over the role of foreign assistance funds in boosting growth, promoting democracy, and saving lives.

January 31, 2017

United States
An employee of the Port of Shanghai surveys its shipping container traffic. The Trans-Pacific Partnership and U.S. Trade Policy

President Donald Trump’s rejection of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has upended U.S. trade policy, intensifying debate over the effects of trade on employment, inequality, national sovereignty,…

February 10, 2017

Japan
Abenomics Backgrounder Yen Abenomics and the Japanese Economy

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has introduced an audacious set of economic policies designed to spur the country out of its decades-long deflationary slump. The results have so far been mixed.

June 13, 2017

Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico anti-austerity protestors Puerto Rico’s Statehood Debate

The recent vote may not advance Puerto Rican statehood, but it may focus attention on its heavy debts and exposure to upcoming U.S. health-care and budget measures.