Mapping European Shipping Routes

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

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.

The Year in U.S.-Taliban Peace Talks

In our 2019 forecast, we predicted the United States and the Taliban would reach a deal in Afghanistan and that before the end of the year Washington would announce a schedule for withdrawing the bulk of its forces. That forecast seems roughly on track, but the year is only halfway over, and there is a long way to go.

Southern Brazil’s Economic Boom

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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.

Conflict and Competition in Sudan

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Middle Eastern powers are closely monitoring the protests in Sudan.

Tracking African Swine Fever

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African swine fever is an infectious disease that has already spread from Africa to Europe and Asia. The current outbreak has led to more than 1 million pigs being culled in China.

Rare Earth Elements: Global Reserves and Production

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With China's recent threat to ban exports of rare earth elements to the United States, it may be time to find an alternative.

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.

Drought Hits Australian Wheat Supplies

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

Africa’s New Free Trade Agreement

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

Which Countries Have State Religions?

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

Global Military Spending Soars

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A new report shows that global military spending reached a new post-Cold War high last year.