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September 20, 2023

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

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to many of the world’s longest-ruling heads of state. Pro-democracy advocates have at times successfully stopped presidents from extending their mandates, but the authorita…

A worker throws away campaign posters of President Yoweri Museveni after Uganda’s 2021 election.

September 18, 2023

Economics
Is Industrial Policy Making a Comeback?

The threat of climate change and the rise of China have prompted renewed debate about the U.S. government’s role in shaping the economy.

Workers assemble Ford vehicles at the Chicago Assembly Plant in Chicago, Illinois.

March 2, 2023

United States
The State of U.S. Strategic Stockpiles

President Joe Biden has tapped the nation’s emergency reserves several times over the past year. The Strategic National Stockpile is just one of the reserves that the United States maintains for econ…

Members of the Oklahoma National Guard Oklahoma National Guard walk toward the front of the Strategic National Stockpile Warehouse after unloading medical supplies.

November 18, 2022

Middle East and North Africa
What Is the Kafala System?

The kafala system regulates the lives of tens of millions of migrant laborers in the Middle East, but growing outrage over human rights abuses, racism, and gender discrimination has fueled calls for …

Workers are seen in the Lusail National Stadium, which is under construction for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Doha, Qatar.

August 24, 2022

Health
What Does the CDC Do?

The federal agency has a broad mandate to protect Americans’ health and an expansive global reach. But the COVID-19 pandemic has been one of its most daunting challenges.

The CDC’s Emergency Operations Center is reflected in the glass of a room where staff meet to discuss the Ebola crisis in October 2014.