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November 3, 2021

COVID-19
Will the World Ever Solve the Mystery of COVID-19’s Origin?

It is crucial to learn the facts about how COVID-19 emerged to prevent future outbreaks. But China is rebuffing calls for further investigations focusing on Wuhan.

A technician wearing goggles and other protective gear holds up virus samples at a laboratory in Hengyang, China, in February 2020.

April 13, 2021

United States
Is Rising Student Debt Harming the U.S. Economy?

Higher education provides students many socioeconomic benefits and increases the global competitiveness of the United States, but mounting student loan debt has sparked a debate over federal lending …

Students attend their graduation ceremony at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).

March 19, 2021

State and Local Governments (U.S.)
How COVID-19 Is Harming State and City Budgets

The coronavirus pandemic is placing enormous budget pressure on state and local governments, threatening deep and potentially lasting cuts to education, infrastructure, and other important investment…

Four people wait in line at an unemployment in Fayetteville, Arkansas, after losing their jobs due to the coronavirus outbreak.

November 24, 2020

Southeast Asia
What Is ASEAN?

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations is a regional organization that brings together disparate neighbors to address economic, security, and political issues, but the group’s impact remains limited.

A woman sits in front of flags of ASEAN members in Bali, Indonesia, November 16, 2011.

June 17, 2020

North Korea
North Korea’s Power Structure

In North Korea, all authority flows from Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un. He has reinstated the party as the central hub to consolidate his power and bring elites to heel.

Pedestrians walk past portraits of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il.

October 9, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
AGOA: The U.S.-Africa Trade Program

AGOA is the cornerstone of the U.S.-Africa trade relationship, but declining support has called the program’s value into question.

A worker at an export processing zone (EPZ) factory in Athi River, Kenya.

November 11, 2008

Elections and Voting
Foreign Policy Brain Trusts: Obama’s Advisers

Sen. Barack Obama’s foreign policy team includes former State Department veterans and newcomers from academia who seek to reinvigorate U.S. diplomacy.

September 19, 2011

Religion
Muslims in the United States

A decade after 9/11, U.S. Muslims grapple with their place in American society in the face of concerns about homegrown terrorism and questions by non-Muslims over the threat they might pose.

March 11, 2008

Democracy
What are Iraq’s Benchmarks?

The U.S. government has set a number of benchmarks on security, economic performance, and governance for the Iraqi government to determine progress.

September 12, 2007

Iraq
Iraq Security Statistics

The U.S. military’s methodology for measuring violence in Iraq draws criticism from some quarters. The Pentagon concedes some kinds of violence don’t get included, but insists its consistent applic…