The number of UN peacekeeping forces around the world has peaked in recent months after falling off in the late 1990s, following a period of trial and error for UN interventions.
Large-scale refugee flows and lack of progress in slowing global warming are the top risks that the world faces in the coming decade, according to a survey by the World Economic Forum of executives and experts.
A global median of 54% consider climate change a very serious problem. But there are regional differences on the issue, with the U.S. and China among the least concerned.
Canadians have positive views of the U.S. and are generally satisfied with their relationship. But they disagree on whether to build the Keystone XL pipeline, with more Canadians opposed to the project compared with Americans.
People in sub-Saharan Africa are optimistic about their future, but they also recognize that their countries face tremendous challenges — identifying health care and education as top concerns.
Interactive brackets let you see how the 32 nations competing in the World Cup stack up on 70 different sporting, economic and social indicators.
Since the early 1990s, as the Economist chart above shows, Olympics organizers have steadily added more and more freestyle skiing, snowboarding and other X Games-style events in a bid to appeal to younger viewers.
The share of Americans who say they're looking forward to the Winter Olympics.
Clear majorities in 22 of 39 countries surveyed say they have a favorable view of the UN. Ratings are on balance favorable in the U.S. and Russia, while the Chinese are divided in their opinion. However, views trend negatively in key Middle Eastern publics.
See what percentage of the population of select countries have a favorable view of the United Nations. Overall, the UN retains a strong global image.