The following regions and issues are among those critical to both short- and long-term US interests. They should draw greater US attention and diplomatic efforts.
Starbucks, Burger King, and Papa John's all have pulled products with meat from Husi Food Co. in China. The news follows reports and an immediate investigation of Husi repackaging expired meat and putting new expiration dates before selling them to major food chains, including McDonald's and KFC.
The world has 53.3 years left to find an alternative to oil before current proved reserves run dry, according to BP. Of course, nations are finding new oil – meaning that number is rising – but new extraction methods are costly and can pose environmental threats.
Two companies are looking into shipping liquefied natural gas through the Arctic Ocean. What environmental and economic effects would an Arctic Ocean shipping route have?