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December 6, 2022

Somalia
Al-Shabab

Al-Shabab remains capable of carrying out massive attacks in Somalia and nearby countries despite a long-running African Union offensive against the Islamist terrorist group.

A military spokesman for al-Shabab issues a statement in front of several fighters bearing arms.

December 5, 2022

Pharmaceuticals and Vaccines
A Guide to Global COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts

The swift development of effective vaccines against COVID-19 was an unprecedented scientific achievement. But production challenges, vaccine nationalism, and new variants have all presented hurdles.

Physician Alister Martin receives one of the first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., December 16, 2020.Craig F. Walker

December 5, 2022

Nigeria
The Uses of Parody

When conventional tools of resistance have failed or been compromised, humor has been a weapon of last resort for the African subaltern.  

This image shows a keyboard with a phone on the top. The phone screen displays the logo for the popular app TikTok.

December 2, 2022

Trade
The Contentious U.S.-China Trade Relationship

Trade between the world’s two biggest economies has ballooned in recent decades, bringing significant benefits but also frictions over China’s state-led development and calls to rethink the relations…

Workers in China's Hunan Province rush to produce stainless steel products for export to Europe and the United States.

December 2, 2022

Russia
Russia’s Influence in the Balkans

The Balkans have long been a source of tension between Russia and the West, with Moscow cultivating allies there as the EU and NATO expand into the region. The war in Ukraine might be shifting the ca…

A mural depicting Russian president Vladimir Putin with a text reading kosovo is Serbia on October 22, 2020 in Belgrade, Serbia.

December 2, 2022

United States
A Divided Congress May Still Get Things Done

The experience of the soon-to-be-concluded 117th Congress offers some hope for the next two years

U.S. President Joe Biden signs the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington, U.S. November 15, 2021.

December 2, 2022

China
EU Outrage Clouds Hamburg Port Deal

Despite controversy surrounding the deal, the approval of a Chinese stake in Europe’s third largest port may be a smarter decision than it initially appears. 

Cargo ship 'Cosco Shipping Gemini' of Chinese shipping company 'Cosco' is loaded at the container terminal 'Tollerort' in the port in Hamburg, Germany, October 25, 2022.

December 1, 2022

Southeast Asia
Walking Through the Middle Kingdom: A Journey Out of Eden with Paul Salopek

Join our panelists for a discussion on Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Paul Salopek’s decade-long journey on foot around the world—from the Horn of Africa through the Middle East and Southeast Asia…

Play A girl looks on as she sits on the shore of the Shabelle river in the city of Gode, Ethiopia

December 1, 2022

United States
Ten Graphics That Explain the U.S. Struggle With Migrant Flows in 2022

Spurred on by worsening economic and political crises across Latin America, migration to the United States reached record levels in 2022. Here’s a look at the year’s major immigration stories.

December 1, 2022

China
Jiang Zemin Put China’s Economic Opening Into Practice

Many Chinese people who grew up in the 1990s will not only remember Jiang Zemin for overseeing China’s entry into the World Trade Organization but also for introducing them to the film Titanic.

A photo of Jiang Zemin appears on a big screen as performers dance around it on a stage.