Analysis Brief

Analytical briefs written by's staff on issues of the day with links to the news, analysis, commentary, and primary source materials that put the facts in context.

Japan's Nuclear Tremors After Quake

Author: Jayshree Bajoria

An unfolding nuclear crisis in the aftermath of Japan's earthquake and tsunami is raising questions over safety of nuclear power, and could bring expansion of nuclear power projects globally under pressure.

See more in Japan; Disasters; Nuclear Energy

Mideast Oil Market Jitters

Author: Toni Johnson

Widening Mideast political unrest, which could soon involve Saudi Arabia, continues to shake oil markets and has policymakers scrambling to quell markets and shield the global economic recovery.

See more in Middle East and North Africa; Oil

Corruption Threatens India's Growth

Author: Jayshree Bajoria

A spate of high-profile scams has weakened India's government and raised concerns among foreign investors. Businesses and civil society say the country needs more effective anti-corruption laws.

See more in India; Corruption and Bribery

Dangers in U.S.-Pakistan Rift

Author: Jayshree Bajoria

U.S.-Pakistan tensions over a U.S. Embassy employee accused of murder point to the challenges of balancing a long-term partnership with short-term priorities. Analysts say Washington should focus on opening trade and other strategies that help Pakistanis.

See more in Diplomacy and Statecraft; Pakistan; United States

Egypt's Post-Mubarak Path

Authors: Jayshree Bajoria and Deborah Jerome

News that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was formally ending his thirty-year rule prompted cheers in Egypt's streets and deep questions about governance  under the country's military.

See more in Political Movements and Protests; Egypt

Ripple Effect of Egypt's Protests

Author: Deborah Jerome

The Arab world is watching warily as protests in Yemen, Jordan, Algeria, and Syria add to regional unrest. All are rooted in concern over economic mismanagement and repression, but any new cast of leaders would face steep challenges.

See more in Egypt; Political Movements and Protests

Author: Roya Wolverson

With the U.S. Treasury approaching its legal borrowing limit, political infighting over the United States' fiscal strategy threatens to thwart international investors and drive up U.S. borrowing costs.

See more in United States; Financial Crises

Egypt's Diplomatic Challenge for the United States

Author: Deborah Jerome

The Obama administration is caught between backing a crucial ally in President Mubarak and supporting democratization in Egypt as the country's protest movement grows.

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Author: Toni Johnson

President Obama's State of the Union stressed an agenda to boost competitiveness, bipartisanship, and sacrifice, but critics say he failed to lay out a convincing plan to tackle the country's mounting debt.

See more in United States; Infrastructure

Lebanon Approaches Tipping Point

Author: Deborah Jerome

The approval of a Hezbollah-backed candidate as Lebanon's new prime minister feeds concerns in the West about the militant Shiite group's growing strength and the implications for national and regional stability.

See more in Conflict Prevention; Lebanon

Australia's Flood Pain

Author: Toni Johnson

Australia's continued flooding is expected to cost billions in losses and clean-up, and some scientists believe the devastating floods are a harbinger of increasing extreme weather events to come.

See more in Australia; Disasters; Climate Change