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November 19, 2018

International Organizations
The World Bank Group’s Role in Global Development

Since its founding in 1944, the World Bank has evolved from a lender focused on European reconstruction to the preeminent international institution for economic development and poverty reduction.

Villagers line up for cooking oil donated by local businessmen in Myanmar.

November 7, 2018

Brazil
Brazil’s Corruption Fallout

Federal investigators in Brazil have uncovered corruption at the highest levels of the government and in the country’s largest corporations.

A Petrobras refinery in Cubatao, Brazil.

November 1, 2018

International Organizations
The IMF: The World’s Controversial Financial Firefighter

The International Monetary Fund, both criticized and lauded for its efforts to promote financial stability, continues to find itself at the forefront of global economic crisis management.

IMF Director Christine Lagarde

June 15, 2018

Democratic Republic of Congo
The Cobalt Boom

Demand has skyrocketed for cobalt, focusing attention on its complex and controversial supply chain. The mineral is an important component in lithium-ion batteries, which power everything from electric cars to smartphones.

A man digs through some mine waste searching for leftover cobalt.

June 6, 2018

North Korea
North Korea’s Military Capabilities

Kim Jong-un has accelerated North Korea’s buildup of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction, while also modernizing its large conventional force.

Vehicles carry missiles during a military parade in Pyongyang.

March 14, 2018

China
The Chinese Communist Party

The Chinese Communist Party faces a host of pressing domestic and international policy issues as it transitions to a new generation of leaders.

Xi Jinping stands before delegates at the closing session of the nineteenth National Congress of the Communist Party of China.

February 9, 2018

China
China’s Big Bet on Soft Power

China is believed to spend billions of dollars to boost its international image, but it has yet to see a marked return on its investment in soft power.

An African student practices Shaolin martial arts in Henan Province.

December 28, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Africa’s ‘Leaders for Life’ Syndrome

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to many of the world’s longest-ruling heads of state, but civil society and regional blocs may be slowing the trend of extending presidential terms in some areas.

African Leaders

October 17, 2017

United States
The U.S. Trade Deficit: How Much Does It Matter?

President Trump has made reducing the U.S. trade deficit a priority, blaming trade deals like NAFTA, but economists disagree over how policymakers should respond.

Chinese steel factory

October 12, 2017

China
Making Sense of China’s Nineteenth Party Congress

As China’s senior Communist Party members anoint its future leaders, President Xi Jinping is poised to solidify his position and power at next week’s party congress.

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives at the Great Hall of the People in Beijng to celebrate the ninetieth anniversary of the People's Liberation Army, August 1, 2017.