September 2008

China’s Unruly West

Even during the Beijing Summer Olympics, not all was quiet in the Western part of China, with anti-government riots continuing in Tibet. A particular point of contention in the largely Buddhist region is the Chinese government's attempt to assert its authority by transplanting ethnic Han Chinese to the area. We wonder: What share of China's territory is accounted for by Tibet?

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Hello Neighbor

Although borders have become less important in some ways, countries are still obliged to get along with their neighbors. And one might rightly assume that the more neighbors a country has, the more complicated and important its relations with those neighbors become. We wonder: Which country in the world shares the most land borders with neighboring countries?

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Pakistan and Its Future

Pakistan must contend with plenty of challenges as it seeks a path to a stable future. Faced with an insurgency within its own borders, a faltering economy and regional geopolitical instability, we wonder: Which of the following statements about Pakistan are true?

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The 100 Million People Club

The world population as a whole is expected to expand by 35% between 2008 and 2050. However, that continued uptrend masks some very different developments in individual countries. We wonder: Which of these countries will have the largest population by 2050?

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