For half a century, the continent of Africa stood out as the center of “leaders for life” – politicians who managed to hold on to power for decades. Now that trend is returning to major nations on the world stage. We wonder: Which of the following major countries has the most effective presidential term limits?
A quarter-century ago, after the end of the Cold War, there were high hopes for a sweeping global transition toward democracy. This trend has not only come to a standstill, but appears to be in the process of reversing. We wonder: What percentage of the 195 countries in the world ranked as free in 2017?
Many governments around the world are seeking to increase women’s social and economic inclusion. A key motivation is to stimulate future growth of their national economies. We wonder: Which of the following statements correctly describes the status of women in Turkish society?
A. More women are better educated
B. More women work
C. Women face more pressure to have children
D. Women face broader setbacks Continue reading →
The Kurdish populations of the four major Middle Eastern countries with significant Kurdish minorities total at least 25 million people. That number is nearly equal to the entire population of Saudi Arabia. We wonder: Which Middle Eastern country has the largest ethnically Kurdish population?
Freedom in the 21st century relies upon an independent media that is diverse enough and unconsolidated enough to report a range of news and present various perspectives. It must be able to do so without interference, censorship or threats from business, government or non-state actors. We wonder: Which G-20 country performs worst when it comes to freedom of the press?
Women are making progress in the leadership ranks of many countries. We wonder: Among the world’s 20 most populous nations, how many have so far had a woman as head of government or state in modern times?
2014 was a particularly big year for global refugees. Outright civil war in countries such as Syria and Libya has spurred hundreds of thousands of civilians to make risky journeys to safer countries. We wonder: Which industrialized country received the most asylum seekers in 2014?
The recent droughts in California – where water has long fueled tensions and political battles – have been severe enough to make “water stealing” a frequent crime. Elsewhere around the world, there are also mighty struggles with drought, including in Sao Paulo. We wonder: Which of the following pairs of countries faces the highest stresses to their water resources?
A. Saudi Arabia and Iran
B. India and Turkey
C. United States and China
D. France and Brazil
Recep Tayyip Erdogan was inaugurated as Turkey’s first directly elected president on August 28. He had previously served as the country’s prime minister since 2003 and overseen a lengthy economic boom. We wonder: Where does Turkey now rank in terms of global economic competitiveness?