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November 29, 2018

Digital Policy
Recap of the 2018 ITU Plenipotentiary: From Connecting the World to Investigating Digital Applications and Services

ITU’s role in internet-related activities have long been among the most divisive issues among its member states. But at this year's plenipotentiary a new area of intense debate emerged.

Group Huddle ITU

September 28, 2018

Myanmar
Global Conflict This Week: UN to Investigate Abuses in Myanmar

Developments in conflicts across the world that you might have missed this week.

Rohingya refugees

October 1, 2018

Peacekeeping
Women This Week: Fund for Female Peacekeepers

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post, covering September 26 to October 1, was compiled w…

The first all-female unit of United Nations peacekeepers stand at attention as they arrive at Roberts International Airport outside Liberia's capital Monrovia January 30, 2007.

January 17, 2019

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
The U.S. Opioid Epidemic

Opioid addiction in the United States has reached epidemic proportions, threatening not only public health but economic output and national security.

A man uses heroin under a bridge where he lives with other addicts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

October 9, 2018

International Finance
Russia, China, and (the Absence of ) Global Funding of the U.S. Fiscal Deficit…

A technical post on the q2 global reserves and balance of payments data … wonky.

Russia, China, and (the Absence of ) Global Funding of the U.S. Fiscal Deficit…

January 4, 2019

United States
Who Secures the U.S. Border?

U.S. troops have been sent to the border with Mexico to supplement the work of Border Patrol agents amid debate over the merits of building a wall. Here are the facts.

U.S. troops erect razor wire at the southwest border.

August 29, 2018

International Finance
Can Anyone Other than the U.S. Fund a Current Account Deficit These Days?

Almost all oil-importing emerging economies with current account deficits are under market pressure to adjust ... 

Can Anyone Other than the U.S. Fund a Current Account Deficit These Days?

January 7, 2019

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
The Ebola Virus

Endemic to the African tropics, the Ebola virus has killed thousands in recent years, putting the World Health Organization and major donor countries in the limelight as they’ve grappled with how to …

A health-care worker stands next to a cross during the funeral of a person suspected of dying of Ebola in Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo.

December 5, 2018

Myanmar
The Rohingya Crisis

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya, a Muslim ethnic minority group, are fleeing persecution in Myanmar’s western Rakhine State, fueling a historic migration crisis.

A group of Rohingya refugees after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, September 1, 2017.