Conflicting Claims in the South China Sea

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

Which Countries Have State Religions?

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

Population Density of Canada

May 28, 2016 Canada is one of those countries where a vast land mass obscures the fact that the country has a relatively small population. While Canada is the second largest country in the world, its 35 million inhabitants make Canada only the 39th most populated country.

In this way, Canada is similar to countries like Egypt, Russia and Australia. Egypt is a country of over 80 million people and its size is formidable on a map, yet most of its inhabitants are located on a thin strip of land about the size of the state of Maryland on either bank of the Nile River. For Russia, the world’s largest country by land mass, its population centers are located in the west, close to Europe, while the vast and desolate Siberian region is sparsely populated and not connected to Russian infrastructure. Australia – the world’s sixth largest country by land mass and a continent in its own right – has even fewer people than Canada (around 23 million), all living in cities along the coast. The interior of the country is unforgiving and inhospitable.

Nuclear Weapons Around the World

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

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

Mapping European Shipping Routes

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

New Borders in India: The Bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir

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

Growing Tensions and Shrinking Affordability in Russia

There are plans for more protests in Moscow this weekend.

Rare Earth Elements: Australia’s Resource Potential

Australia is pushing to challenge China’s dominance in the supply of materials commonly used in the defense and high-tech industries.

Conflict and Competition in Sudan

Middle Eastern powers are closely monitoring the protests in Sudan.

Drought Hits Australian Wheat Supplies

Australia, normally a net exporter of wheat, has had to import wheat for the first time since 2007.

Southern Brazil’s Economic Boom

South America’s largest economy is still trying to recover from recession, and growth remains slow. But there’s one region of the country that seems to be faring better than the rest.