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People wait in line for a free morning meal in Los Angeles in April 2020. High and rising inequality is one reason the U.S. ranks badly on some international measures of development. Frederic J. Brown/ AFP via Getty Images

US is becoming a ‘developing country’ on global rankings that measure democracy, inequality

The United States came in 41st worldwide on the UN’s 2022 sustainable development index, down nine spots from last year. A political historian explains the country’s dismal scores.
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen speaks during Taiwan National Day celebrations in Taipei last October. Ritchie B. Tongo/EPA

Explainer: the complex question of Taiwanese independence

Is “strategic ambiguity” still the least-worst option for dealing with competing claims about Taiwan?
The right track? Foreign Minister Penny Wong meets with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang during the G20 foreign ministers’ meeting in Bali last month. Johannes P. Christo/Pool/AAP

Can Australia recapture the spirit of middle power diplomacy?

Careful diplomacy rather than uncritical alliances will help steer a course through Australia’s foreign policy challenges.
Protesters demand the freedom of the Sahrawi population. Jesus Merida/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Unpacking the power plays over Western Sahara

Long considered a frozen conflict, the Western Sahara dispute roared back to life in late 2020, reviving old wounds and inflicting fresh ones.
Russia controls six modules aboard the International Space Station. STS-122 Shuttle Crew, NASA via flickr

Russia’s withdrawal from the International Space Station could mean the early demise of the orbital lab – and sever another Russian link with the West

The head of the Russian space agency announced that the country will withdraw from the International Space Station after 2024. A space policy expert explains what this means and why it’s happening now.

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