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179,000: An analysis by the Trade Partnership, a consultancy, predicts that higher prices for steel and aluminum under the Trump administration’s new tariffs will create 33,000 jobs in industries that produce these metals, but destroy as many as 179,000 jobs in industries that consume them. Trade policy is always a trade-offs policy: which blue-collar votes does Trump value more — those of steel makers or, say, auto makers?


98: The USA has supplied major arms to 98 states since 2013, according to SIPRI. Exports to governments in the conflict-torn Middle East accounted for half of those exports, by volume. More broadly, the Middle East accounted for a third of all global arms imports during that period. While cyberwarfare looks like the biggest challenge of the future, conventional weapons are still wreaking plenty of havoc in the world’s deadliest region.

73: Per capita GDP in Russia rose by 73 percent between the beginning of Putin’s first term as president in 2000 and 2016. This, coupled with his forceful reassertion of Russia’s global role, accounts in part for Putin’s high popularity as he heads for re-election this Sunday. But most of those economic gains were achieved more than a decade ago, and Putin has still failed, so far, to achieve his objective of matching average incomes in Portugal.

50: In China, by contrast, the economy has grown by more than 50 per cent, to $13.1tn, since President Xi Jinping took power five years ago. Some 66 million new urban jobs were created, and 68 million people left poverty during that period. Now that Mr. Xi is preparing to stick around for a while, can he continue to deliver the economic Chinese Dream that he has promised?

8.9: If Ghana hits a projected growth rate of 8.9 percent this year, it could be among the fastest growing economies in the world, outpacing tech-giant India and eclipsing Ethiopia as Africa’s economic star. But there are big questions about whether the tiny West African nation’s dependency on commodities (oil and cocoa) are a boon or a burden for sustainable growth and job creation.

Empathy and listening are key to establishing harmonious relationships, as demonstrated by Callista Azogu, GM of Human Resources & Organization for Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC), an Eni subsidiary in Abuja. "To build trust is very difficult. To destroy it is very easy," says Callista, whose busy days involve everything from personnel issues to union relationships. She sees great potential for her native Nigeria not only because of the country's natural resources, but because of its vibrant and creative people.

Learn more about Callista in this episode of Faces of Eni.

For the world's wealthiest nations, including the United States, the rollout of COVID-19 vaccine has been rocky, to say the least. And as a result, much of the developing world will have to wait even longer for their turn. Part of the challenge, World Bank President David Malpass says, is that "advanced economies have reserved a lot of the vaccine doses." Malpass sat down with Ian Bremmer recently to talk about what his organization is doing to try to keep millions around the world from slipping deeper into poverty during the pandemic. Their conversation was part of the latest episode of GZERO World.

Saturday will mark the beginning of an historic turning point for European politics as 1,001 voting members of Germany's Christian Democratic Union, the party of Chancellor Angela Merkel, hold an online conference to elect a new leader.

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For the first time in twenty years, extreme poverty around the world is growing. How does the developing world recover from a pandemic that has brought even the richest nations to their knees? David Malpass, the President of the World Bank, is tasked with answering that question. He joins Ian Bremmer on GZERO World to talk about how his organization is trying to keep the developing world from slipping further into poverty in the wake of a once-in-a-century pandemic.

Joe Biden wants to move into the White House, but the coast isn't clear. He may need some bleach.

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The GZERO World Podcast with Ian Bremmer. Listen now.

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