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As eleven African countries prepare to go to the polls this year, a new election map will follow the action
Military recruitment tactics are increasingly fine-tuned to where a person lives, and how they perceive the world’s geography
‘I want to reassure you that you won’t notice a lack of high-quality beef. You are used to eating in good restaurants and you’ll continue doing so. Bon appétit!’ Those are words that Russia’s Minister for Agriculture, Nikolai Fyodorov, may…
In an effort to collect valuable red coral for jewellery production, Chinese poachers are encroaching on Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) around the Izu and Ogasawara Islands

Hotspot – Myanmar

A visit by Barack Obama is enough to put any country in the spotlight, and so it has proved for Myanmar recently. Klaus Dodds asks whether the country has progressed as much as the headlines suggest
With the renewal of diplomatic relations between the two former enemies, Klaus Dodds explores what led to the thawing of the political ice between US and Cuba
International Fund achieves initial pledge goal following late contributions by Australian and Belgian governments
Australia has been named the worst of the world’s industrial countries when comparing performance of tackling climate change, and has only been kept off the bottom of the rankings by Saudi Arabia
It has been thirteen years since US and allied intervention in Afghanistan began. Geographical takes a look at what has changed, and what has stayed the same
A dispute over oil reserves in Somaliland may soon destabilise the region
Transparency International releases a global survey of corruption
It’s easy to forget Finland won independence from Russia in 1917 – and defended that independence during World War II. But as the old imperial power grows more aggressive, Geographical finds little foundation to speculation that Finland will join NATO

Return of the Silk Road

It’s now officially called the Silk Road Economic Belt, but the scale of Chinese plans to connect cities from Asia to Europe rekindles memories of historic trade route

Symbols of protest

One of the most visible symbols of the recent Hong Kong protests was the umbrella
The Green Climate Fund totals $9.6billion, just shy of the UN’s initial $10billion target, after unprecedented pledging conference
After spring should come summer. But in the Middle East, the Arab Spring’s dizzy optimism has dissolved into a long winter. Geographical presents four different perspectives on what drives conflict in the troubled region
As news emerges that a royal family in the United Arab Emirates is attempting to purchase Maasai Mara ancestral land emerges, how much of African soil is already owned by overseas investors?

Hotspot – West Africa

As West Africa continues the struggle to contain the recent outbreak of Ebola, Klaus Dodds reflects on our modern attitudes towards global diseases

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