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January 19, 2018

Lighting the Olympic Torch The Economics of Hosting the Olympic Games

The costs of hosting the Olympics have skyrocketed, while the economic benefits are far from clear. This has led to fewer states interested in playing host and a search for options to lighten the bur…

December 7, 2017

Elections and Voting
Kenya elections Pivotal Elections of 2017

The past year saw voters around the world shake the status quo and reshape longstanding assumptions in elections across Europe, Asia, and Africa.

September 15, 2017

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks in parliament. What’s at Stake in the German Elections?

Germany’s elections will determine whether Chancellor Angela Merkel remains in power, with ramifications for the migration crisis, the future of the European Union, and U.S.-German relations.

October 17, 2017

United States
Chinese steel factory The U.S. Trade Deficit: How Much Does It Matter?

President Trump has made reducing the U.S. trade deficit a priority, blaming trade deals like NAFTA, but economists disagree over how policymakers should respond.

July 18, 2017

US Water BGR header The Beleaguered U.S. Water System

The U.S. water system, among the safest and most reliable in the world, is central to the nation’s economy, but chronic underinvestment, increasing demand, and worsening droughts have revealed weakne…

June 30, 2017

Group of 20 (G20)
General view of the inner city in Hamburg, Germany. What to Know About the Hamburg G20 Summit

The G20 summit comes amid tensions over trade, climate, and refugee policy and increased uncertainty over the U.S. commitment to multilateral institutions.

June 9, 2017

United Kingdom
EU and UK flags fly during a pro-EU march in front of the British Parliament in London. What Brexit Means

Brexit supporters argue that the EU threatens sovereignty and stifles growth, while opponents counter that EU membership strengthens trade, investment, and the UK’s standing in the world.

June 7, 2017

Theresa May What's at Stake in the UK Elections?

As the United Kingdom recovers from a string of terror attacks, the country’s parliamentary elections could determine the course of its Brexit negotiations, trade and economic policy, internal border…

June 1, 2017

Paris Climate Agreement
The Eiffel Tower announces the Paris Agreement The Consequences of Leaving the Paris Agreement

By withdrawing from the Paris accord, the United States—the second-largest global emitter—could undercut collective efforts to reduce emissions, transition to renewable energy sources, and lock in fu…

November 29, 2017

United States
US-Debt-BGR-Header-2-1160x630.jpg Trump and the National Debt

The U.S. national debt now exceeds $14 trillion, prompting calls for tax reform and spending cuts as President Trump works with Congress on budget plans.