March 2014

A Brave New World on Defense Spending?

After Russia’s move into Crimea, calls are getting louder for Western countries to increase their defense spending. U.S. President Barack Obama just argued that collective defense means that “everybody’s got to chip in.” We wonder: How many of NATO’s 28 member countries are currently spending at least 2% of their GDP on defense?

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Sizing Up Nigeria’s Energy Needs

Americans are known to have an energy-intensive lifestyle, with the average citizen consuming over 13,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year. But in Nigeria, one of Africa’s largest economies, power consumption is dramatically lower. We wonder: Which of the following common appliances uses about as much electricity in a year as the average Nigerian?

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Africa’s Electricity Poverty

At its most basic level, Africa’s energy poverty means there is often no electricity to power lights to study or to work at night. It also means no access to safer electric cooking and heating, powered health centers, or electricity to run a business. We wonder: How many people in Africa live without any access to electricity?

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Sizing Up Ukraine

After breaking away from the Soviet Union and gaining independence in 1991, Ukraine had big hopes of charting a prosperous and democratic future. Now, nearly a decade after the Orange Revolution, Ukraine is undergoing another wrenching setback. We wonder: Which of the following statements about Ukraine is correct?

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