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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Africa’s New Free Trade Agreement

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

Ottoman Empire Borders Versus Modern-Day Borders

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May 3, 2016 This map is designed to show some of the hidden fault lines underlying the states of the Middle East, and the reasons these states, which were held together by foreign powers and domestic tyrants, disintegrated.

The Ottoman Empire lasted for about six centuries before it collapsed after World War I. Towards the waning years of the 17th century, its forces had penetrated as far west as Vienna. Its power and reach were enormous and enduring. The green areas of the map show what remained of the empire in the mid-19th century, after it was long past its prime. Its power had declined, but the extent of its rule, even in decline, bound together a region reaching from the Balkans to the Arabian Peninsula and to a large part of North Africa.

Mapping European Shipping Routes

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