A Looming Global Recession?

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More and more observers are sounding the alarm about a potential global recession. Here, we look at some of the countries most at risk for a downturn.

Who Benefits From the US-China Trade War?

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Several markets stand to benefit from the escalating trade dispute between the United States and China. Here, we take a look at two countries that will likely see an increase in trade with the U.S. as a result of the trade war.

Conflicting Claims in the South China Sea

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Taking stock of claims and capabilities in the South China Sea.

Which Countries Have State Religions?

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Religion still plays a role in shaping communal worldviews, attitudes and politics around the world.

Colonial Powers in Sub-Saharan Africa

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June 4, 2016 European powers strongly shaped the geopolitics of contemporary sub-Saharan Africa. In the colonial era, they saw sub-Saharan Africa as a means to an end, initially encountering the continent as they looked for sea trading routes to India and East Asia. France, Great Britain, Portugal, Germany and Belgium had the largest presence.

From the 16th century through the 18th century, major European governments established ports to support long voyages to the East Indies. When we look at the location of former colonies, we can observe how each location served as a resting and refueling point in the long journey east.

The Nile River Dispute From Ethiopia’s Perspective

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(click to enlarge) The Nile River and its tributaries have served as a lifeline for human civilization in the Nile River basin for centuries. Today,...

Nuclear Weapons Around the World

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The global inventory of nuclear warheads has been decreasing since the mid-1980s. Still, there are thousands of warheads deployed and stockpiled around the world, and only two countries account for 90 percent of them.

Africa’s New Free Trade Agreement

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The AfCFTA would create the largest trade zone in the world.

Mapping European Shipping Routes

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A new trove of data helps to illustrate the shipping routes of 18th century European empires.

Top Container Ship Trade Routes

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Dec. 16, 2016 China has been working on a plan to modernize the legendary Silk Road. The two-part initiative called One Belt, One Road includes both land and sea routes and the opening of multiple economic corridors, spanning an area that covers almost two-thirds of the world’s population and a third of global GDP. Linking Eurasia together will require the construction of roads, railways, ports and other elements across vast distances in some of the harshest terrain and least populated areas in the world.

New Borders in India: The Bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir

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With the dismantling of Article 370, the Bharatiya Janata Party has stripped the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir of its autonomy.