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Turkey’s Economic Position in the Balkans

April 21, 2017 Building economic ties should be the major avenue for Turkey to develop inroads into the Balkans. Turkey…

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Presence of Salafism in the Middle East and North Africa

April 14, 2017 Salafism originated in the mid-18th century in an area that now encompasses Saudi Arabia. It can best be…

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Countries Affected by Export Crisis

April 7, 2017 The world is currently in the midst of an exporters’ crisis. The stagnation in global consumption levels and…

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The UK’s Shifting Economic Structure

March 31, 2017 Joining the European Union dramatically changed the structure of the United Kingdom’s economy because it had to…

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Seats Won in 2017 Uttar Pradesh Legislative Election

March 24, 2017 On March 11, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won the most seats in…

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French Languages and Dialects

March 17, 2017 What does it mean to be French? Inherent in this question is a fundamental tension within French…

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Signs of Instability in Russia

March 10, 2017 Approximately one year from now, on March 18, 2018, Russia will hold a presidential election against the backdrop…

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Areas of Northwestern Pakistan

March 3, 2017 On March 2, Pakistan’s Cabinet approved the incorporation of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas into the adjacent…

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Canada’s Crude Oil Exports to the U.S., 2015

Feb. 24, 2017 Of the 10 largest economies in the world, none is as dependent on another country as Canada…

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China’s Growth in Mortgage Loans and Commercial Bank Profits

Feb. 17, 2017 There is an increasing probability that a real estate bubble may burst in China. The financial sector heavily…

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US-Mexico Border Crossings

Feb. 10, 2017 Eighty-five percent of goods traded between the U.S. and Mexico are transported by truck or railway, according…

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Central Asia Pipelines

Feb. 3, 2017 In 2017, economic issues tied to reduced revenue from energy exports and Russia’s weakening economy will further destabilize…

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China’s Gross Regional Product

Jan. 27, 2017 The average annual per capita disposal income by household in China in 2014 was about 20,000 yuan or…

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The Philippines’ Perspective

Jan. 20, 2017 China is keenly interested in the Philippines because a Chinese-Philippine alliance would solve China’s main strategic weakness – the…

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Percent of People Speaking Primary Languages in India

Jan. 13, 2017 A common language is one of the basic building blocks of a national culture, and India’s various states…

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Israeli Population Increase, 2016

Jan. 6, 2017 Advocates of a two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict often argue that demographics loom as an existential…

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Foreign Holders of U.S. Treasury Securities

Dec. 30, 2016 The biggest myth surrounding the issue of China as a holder of U.S. debt securities is the outsized…

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U.S. Gross Domestic Product by Region as of Q1 2016

Dec. 23, 2016 All national economies are regionalized at some level. The U.S. Department of Commerce divides the U.S. into…

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Top Container Ship Trade Routes

Dec. 16, 2016 China has been working on a plan to modernize the legendary Silk Road. The two-part initiative called…

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China’s Exports to the US

Dec. 9, 2016 The sheer number of products for which the United States depends on imports from China is striking,…

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Saudi Arabia’s Economic Picture

Dec. 2, 2016 Saudi Arabia is a deeply conservative Muslim country that has been dependent on oil exports for the bulk…

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Neighborhood Advancement in the Battle for Mosul

Nov. 25, 2016 Iraqi and coalition forces started their campaign on Oct. 17 to retake Mosul from the Islamic State….

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Sub-Saharan Africa Natural Resource Deposits

Nov. 18, 2016 Sub-Sahara Africa’s natural resource deposits are a key feature that tie the region into mainstream geopolitics. Countries in…

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Russian Wages, Interest Rates and Inflation

Nov. 11, 2016 The Russian economy, which is heavily dependent on revenue from hydrocarbon exports, has suffered since oil prices…

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Kashmir’s Political Division

Nov. 4, 2016 Over the past six weeks, an unmistakable escalation has occurred between Indian and Pakistani forces – largely…

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Coalition Forces Close In on Mosul

Oct. 28, 2016 The coalition participating in the invasion of Mosul is made up of mostly the Iraqi Security Forces…

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Iraqi Battlespace

Oct. 21, 2016 For months, the media has been filled with news of the impending offensive by Iraqi Security Forces –…

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Yemen’s Civil War

Oct. 14, 2016 Yemen’s civil war has made its way back in to the headlines when two missiles were launched at…

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Mexico’s Public Debt Compared to Other Countries, 2015

Oct. 8, 2016 Following Moody’s lead, credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s recently lowered Mexico’s long-term outlook from stable to…

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Job Density in Germany

Oct. 1, 2016 On Oct. 3, Germany will celebrate its 26th Unity Day, marking the reunification of former East and West Germany….

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The Ottoman Empire

Sept. 26, 2016 In our 2040 forecast, we identified Turkey as a major emerging power. We believe it will project power southwards…

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Taliban Battlespace In Afghanistan, 2016

Sept. 17, 2016 This map reflects the current Taliban battlespace in Afghanistan. Districts shaded in red are under Taliban control, meaning…

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Germany’s Perspective

Sept. 10, 2016 This map shows the geographical perspective of Germany. It is situated on the North European Plain, characterized…

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U.S. State International Exports

Sept. 3, 2016 When we speak about the U.S. economy, we often pay less attention to the economies of the…

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Asylum Claims in Europe

Aug. 27, 2016 This week’s graphic shows asylum claims in Europe in 2015, when over 1.3 million people sought refuge in…

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The Battle of Aleppo as of Aug. 17, 2016

Aug. 20, 2016 Aleppo is the center of gravity in the conflict between the Assad loyalists and Syrian rebels. Aleppo is…

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Approval Ratings of Putin and Governors

Aug. 13, 2016 Russian President Vladimir Putin’s latest approval ratings are high – more than 80 percent of the population supports…

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NAFTA Trade, 2015

Aug. 6, 2016 NAFTA currently serves as the framework that dictates how the U.S., the world’s largest economy, carries out trade with…

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Relative Advantage of Mexican States

July 30, 2016 This map illustrates that two different economies coexist within Mexico. Mexico’s National Institute of Statistics and Geography generated…

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Unemployment and GDP in Europe

July 23, 2016 This week’s map takes a look at Europe using two economic metrics: GDP growth and unemployment. One…

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Islamic State Attacks Outside of Core Since June 2014

July 16, 2016 This is a map of attacks either directly carried out by the Islamic State or inspired by their…

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GDP Per Capita Change in Europe

July 9, 2016 With worrying signals this week about the German economy and the Italian banking sector, Europe has been…

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Areas with Strong Nationalist Tendencies

July 2, 2016 The most striking images are often those that take something we think we know well and turn it…

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The Inaccuracy of Polling

June 24, 2016 This graphic contains two maps of the United Kingdom. On the left side are the results of…

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The United Kingdom’s Perspective

June 18, 2016 British citizens will vote on June 23 in a referendum on whether the United Kingdom should remain part…

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The Middle East at Night

June 11, 2016 This nighttime map of the Middle East, stretching from Egypt to Iran and from the Red Sea to…

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Colonial Powers in Sub-Saharan Africa

June 4, 2016 European powers strongly shaped the geopolitics of contemporary sub-Saharan Africa. In the colonial era, they saw sub-Saharan Africa…

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Population Density of Canada

May 28, 2016 Canada is one of those countries where a vast land mass obscures the fact that the country…

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China: Between Dynasties and Warlords

May 21, 2016 Chinese civilization is one of the world’s oldest. Communities began to form on the Yellow and Yangtze…

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Russia’s Perspective

May 17, 2016 This map looks at the world from Russia’s point of view. Sometimes the most powerful graphics are not…

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US Rainfall and Population Centers

May 11, 2016 This is a map of the United States at night. As you can see, the eastern part of…

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Ottoman Empire Borders Versus Modern-Day Borders

May 3, 2016 This map is designed to show some of the hidden fault lines underlying the states of the Middle…

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China’s Maritime Choke Points

April 26, 2016 There is widespread interest in the rising tensions over the waters east of China. China has become…

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The World at Night

April 18, 2016 Having used a satellite-based map to show the underdevelopment of North Korea a couple weeks ago, it seemed…

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South America’s Geographical Importance

April 12, 2016 South America is an island, connected to North America by a land bridge. We all know that. But…

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Geography of Central Asia

April 6, 2016 This week’s graphic shows the geography of the Central Asian states, as well as the distribution of…

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North Korea at Night

March 29, 2016 This week’s graphic shows the lights on the Korean Peninsula that are visible from space at night,…

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Islamic State Attacks in Belgium

March 22, 2016 This week’s graphic shows the location of each explosion in Brussels and where Paris attack suspect Salah Abdeslam…

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US Perception of Immigrants

March 15, 2016 This week’s graphic shows American perceptions about immigrants based on their region of origin. Recent studies reveal…

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Mexican Exports by Region

March 8, 2016 This week’s map highlights Mexico’s key trade partners. The exporters’ crisis dramatically impacts those countries where exports account for…

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The United States After the Louisiana Purchase

March 1, 2016 This week’s map  shows the strategic importance of the Louisiana Purchase to the United States. New Orleans was…

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Religious Composition of the Middle East

Feb. 23, 2016 This week’s map highlights the various religious groups in the Middle East. Governments in the region have struggled…

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Saudi Kings and Key Princes

Feb. 16, 2016 This week’s map highlights Saudi Arabia’s royal family. The current monarch, the ailing 80-year-old King Salman, is the last…

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Saudi Arabia’s Oil and Gas Infrastructure

Feb. 9, 2016 This week’s map shows the major oil and natural gas infrastructure in Saudi Arabia. With oil prices slumping to…

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Australian Military Service Casualties

Feb. 2, 2016 This map indicates the number of casualties the Australian military has suffered in various conflicts, mostly outside of…

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Australia in the South Pacific

Jan. 26, 2016 Australia is the most influential and important actor in the South Pacific. It has the 12th largest economy…

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Support for Political Parties in Germany

Jan. 18, 2016 Germany is facing internal political shifts that could ultimately impact the country’s relationship with Europe. Public support for…

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Suppliers of Goods Imported by China

Jan. 12, 2016 In 2008, the recessions in Europe and the United States hurt China’s ability to export, to the point…

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Income Disparity in China

Jan. 6, 2016 There have been signs of slowing growth in China’s economy. This week, the Chinese stock market plummeted, before…

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Iraq’s Battle to Reclaim Ramadi

Dec. 29, 2015 The retaking of Ramadi is the first major victory for the Shia-dominated Iraqi government against the Islamic State,…

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South Korean Exports

Dec. 21, 2015 South Korea’s economy is exposed to substantial risk due to the economic slowdown in its largest trading partner, China,…

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The Schengen Zone

Dec. 14, 2015 The Schengen agreement removed border controls of 26 European countries and allowed people to move from one country…

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Syrian Civil War

Dec. 9, 2015 Since 2011, Syria has been torn apart by the ongoing civil war. This conflict created an opportunity…

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The Middle East and North Africa

Dec. 2, 2015 The Middle East today is defined by an Arab world steeped in the anarchy of dissolving secular states…

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