July 2011

China and India: Back to the Future?

With every new economic milestone reached by China, many other countries are becoming increasingly nervous about the Asian giant’s economic rise. India, for its part, is also on the fast track toward attaining a much more significant role in the global economy. We wonder: What share of world GDP did China and India account for back in 1820?

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Women in Politics

Over the last several decades, considerable progress has been made when it comes to women in politics. However, while in several countries women account for about half of parliament members, most other nations lag far behind. We wonder: Which country has the largest share of women in its national parliament?

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China's Communist Party: Seeing Red

On July 1, China's Communist Party marked its 90th birthday. It has been in power for over six decades — and today controls the world's second-largest economy. We wonder: Which country's entire population is equal to the number of Chinese Communist Party members?

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Africa’s Future Growth

Africa's population, which was 230 million in 1950, now stands at one billion — or nearly 15% of the world population. We wonder: If the fertility rates in the 55 African nations were to remain unchanged at their current levels, what would be Africa's projected population in 2100?

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Arab Region Blooming

In more and more of the 22 countries comprising the Arab world, people are participating in the Arab Spring, a revolutionary wave that has led to regime changes in a number of countries, including Egypt and Tunisia. We wonder: How does the population size of the Arab region compare to that of the United States?

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