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February 14, 2006

Iraq
Matthew Sherman: Curtailing Militias Key to Formation of Iraqi Security Forces

Matthew Sherman, former deputy senior adviser and director of policy to Iraq ’s Ministry of Interior, discusses the influence of militias, U.S. counterinsurgency efforts, and Iraq ’s rise of organize…

October 17, 2005

Iraq
Pollack: Iraqi Constitutional Vote Leaves Key Security Questions Unresolved

Kenneth M. Pollack, a former CIA and National Security Council expert on Iraq, who was a leading advocate of the forceful overthrow of Saddam Hussein, says that the just-concluded constitutional refe…

September 30, 2005

Russia
Sestanovich: Key Question in Russia Is Who Will Succeed Putin in 2008?

Stephen R. Sestanovich, the Council’s top Russia expert, says he found on a recent trip to Russia that the overriding question is who will succeed Vladimir Putin as president when his constitutional …

December 22, 2017

Refugees and Displaced Persons
Another Year of Record Displacement

The past year saw the ongoing historic displacement of millions from conflict and persecution, and a weak response from the world’s richest nations to address the problems.

Rohingya refugees wait for aid near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

December 1, 2017

Yemen
How the Saudi Blockade Threatens Famine in Yemen

Averting famine will require Saudi Arabia to permit the resumption of commercial shipping of food and fuel to the besieged country.

Shipping to the Red Sea port of Hodeidah has been largely cut off.

October 13, 2017

Iran Nuclear Agreement
Will Decertification Spike the Iran Nuclear Accord?

President Trump’s denunciation of the Iran nuclear deal has put the agreement on shaky footing, even if Congress declines to reinstate sanctions.

President Trumps speaks about the Iran nuclear agreement at the White House.

September 29, 2017

Spain
Can Catalonia Split With Spain?

Spain’s effort to block Catalonia’s referendum on independence may push more Catalan voters to support it.

Students demonstrate with Catalan separatist flags in Barcelona.

October 21, 2005

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
Interview with John Lott on Brazil’s gun referendum

Brazilians go to the polls October 23 to vote in a referendum to ban the sale of guns and ammunition. The referendum—the first of its kind in the world—is aimed at curbing Brazil’s soaring murder and…

August 16, 2005

Niger
Interview with John M. Staatz on Niger’s food crisis

Locust swarms and a lack of rainfall have caused severe food shortages in Niger, leaving more than 2.5 million people in danger of starving to death. John M. Staatz, an agricultural economist at Mich…

May 10, 2017

Russia
Will FBI Sacking Affect National Security?

The dismissal of FBI Director James Comey raises concerns about the government’s ability to investigate Russian meddling in U.S. elections, and the broader national security role of the agency, says …