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Putting U.S.-China trade back in balance

China's unfair trade practices have disadvantaged world markets, one sign of which is its disproportionately large trade imbalance with the U.S.
Graphic showing three dictators (State Dept./S. Gemeny Wilkinson)

Some election wins aren’t what they seem

When an election winner takes 95 or 100 percent of the vote, it's less likely he's incredibly popular and more likely that the election was not free and fair.
George Washington statue (© Image Source/Alamy)

The first U.S. president set his own term limit

More than 200 years ago, George Washington voluntarily gave up the office of the presidency of the United States. Find out why the speech he gave announcing his departure is still so important that it is read aloud every year in the Senate.
Man riding a bike past a man on a motorized cart who is talking to another man (© Gilles Sabri/Bloomberg/Getty Images)

China’s broken trade promises

China benefited immensely from joining the World Trade Organization in 2001. However, in the years since, it has not made good on promises to open its markets, a condition of its entry.
Illustration of a man swearing in before a Senate hearing (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

How does Senate confirmation work?

Before nominees for Cabinet positions can start work, they have one important hurdle to clear: the Senate confirmation process.
Illustration of terrorist draining large bag of money, leaving none for others (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

Iranian people suffer as government spends on terrorism [infographic]

People of Iran are telling their government they need better economic opportunities and more responsive governance. That's not the government's focus.
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Iran’s crackdown on freedom of expression draws ire

A new U.N. human rights report identifies continuing efforts by Iran's government to silence its own people and curb press freedom.
Basketball players jumping on court in celebration (© David J. Phillip/AP Images)

March Madness explained

If you come to study in the U.S., you’ll find that this is the time of year when college students and other Americans become obsessed with March Madness.
Soldiers marching (AMISOM)

The U.S. helps Africans protect their own communities

Some of the world’s most dangerous places now have more regional peacekeepers in place thanks to the close relationship between the U.S. and the African Union.