Stretching back to Vietnam, the number of U.S. forces deployed in combat has played heavily in American politics. As U.S. casualties in Iraq continue to climb, troop levels again have become a hot-button electoral issue.
U.S. leaders mark the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks with muted tributes and vows to keep pressure on Islamic militants. The American public is mixed on how effective U.S. counterterror efforts have been since 2001.
In a recent world tour—stops included Belarus, Russia, and Iran—Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez attempted to expand his influence beyond Latin America and capitalize on the leverage afforded by his oil riches.
As NATO prepares to take over military operations in southern Afghanistan from U.S. forces, the Taliban's increasingly bold attacks are straining the political and security framework of the country.
On July 30, the Democratic Republic of the Congo will hold its first multiparty presidential and parliamentary elections in four decades. Many hope this will be the country’s first fully democratic election, but a host of challenges—including infrastructure, security, and communication—have experts hoping the Congolese people will merely accept the election’s results.
The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press conducted a poll: "Do you think the U.S. made the right decision or the wrong decision in using military force against Iraq?" The sub-categories of participants are white evangelical Protestants, white mainline Protestants, white non-Hispanic Catholic, and secular.
CFR Mideast expert Henry Siegman says the fate of the kidnapped Israeli soldier could have a major impact on the future of the Palestinian government.
Deborah Meyers of the Migration Policy Institute talks to cfr.org's Esther Pan about the current status of immigration legislation.
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Partisan maneuvering in both houses of the U.S. Congress dominated debates over Iraq, with Senate Democrats this week poised to propose a measure on "phased redeployment" of U.S. troops.
Walter Russell Mead, CFR's senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy, says that when British Prime Minister Tony Blair meets with President Bush on Thursday, the timing of allied troop withdrawals will probably loom large in the conversation. "I wouldn't be surprised if we started to hear some things, slightly better news, about the chance for troop withdrawals to begin at some point," says Mead, an expert on U.S. foreign policy.
The U.S. Congress has signaled intentions to tighten scrutiny over foreign investments in the United States. Legislators point to national security concerns but critics warn of economic nationalism.
ISN Security Watch documents China's growing commercial interests in Africa.
The CFR fellows speak with members of the media about the State Department's recently released Country Reports on Terrorism and about the broader 'war on terror.'
Watch former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright discuss her new book The Mighty and the Almighty: Reflections on America, God & World Affairs.