In Focus: America’s Debt to the World

Political InsightAmid Europe’s debt crisis it remains less noticed that the largest mountain of debt in the world is piled up across the big pond in the United States of America. The topic will be critically debated in US politics as presidential elections are due in 2012. In an article for the “In Focus” section of Political Insight (December 2011, Volume 2, Issue 3) Danny Dorling and I took a closer look at the foreign liabilities of America’s debt.
The map we created for this feature is a cartogram with the world’s countries resized according to the total amount of US treasury securities that are held in each country (as shown in data from July 2011). This is a preview of the maps that we created for the article:
Map of the world with countries resized according to the total amount of US treasury securities that are held in each country, July 2011

Here are the bibliographic details:

  • Hennig, B. D. and Dorling, D. (2011). In Focus: America’s Debt to the World. Political Insight 2 (3): 34.
    Article online (Wiley)

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