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March 12, 2018

Haiti
Haiti’s Troubled Path to Development

Hobbled by foreign interventions, political instability, and natural disasters, the former French colony has long suffered from underdevelopment.

Two men overlook Port-au-Prince in the wake of the 7.0-magnitude earthquake of 2010.

February 7, 2018

Nuclear Weapons
U.S. Nuclear Weapons Modernization

U.S. strategic and tactical nuclear weapons on land, in the air, and at sea, will undergo costly and extensive modernization in the coming years.

Ian Dudley/Reuters

June 21, 2017

Intelligence
The FBI’s Role in National Security

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has been reoriented toward counterterrorism in recent years, but continues to face charges of overreach.

FBI agents respond to a crime scene.

April 11, 2017

United States
How Does the U.S. Spend Its Foreign Aid?

With President Donald J. Trump advocating for deep cuts to U.S. foreign aid, debate has renewed over the role of foreign assistance funds in boosting growth, promoting democracy, and saving lives.

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February 26, 2017

International Organizations
The Role of the UN Secretary-General

The UN’s top leadership position has broad authority to steer the organization’s agenda but its impact has varied widely among office holders since 1946.

Brendan McDermid/Reuters

May 22, 2015

Asia
Building the New Silk Road

The United States and China have developed competing visions for reviving ancient trade routes connecting Asia and Europe. The U.S. diplomatic strategy focuses on Afghanistan, while China hopes to ec…

Camels in Pakistan

January 26, 2016

Energy and Climate Policy
Modernizing the U.S. Energy Grid

The growth of renewable energy and distributed generation is placing the aging U.S. energy grid under increasing pressure at a time when concerns over its reliability are on the rise. 

Solar panels at Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas

October 14, 2015

China
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization

Eurasia’s Shanghai Cooperation Organization has expanded its agenda to include wide-reaching security and economic initiatives, but it remains to be seen if the bloc’s members can develop and impleme…

The SCO heads of state, the heads of observer states and governments, and international organisation delegation heads during the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Ufa, Russia, July 10, 2015.

May 15, 2015

Peacekeeping
Peace Operations in Africa

More multinational peacekeeping forces are deployed in Africa than ever before. To be effective, operations must address questions about division of labor, funding, and capacity constraints.

A Nigerian peacekeeping soldier from the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) patrols in a camp for internally displaced persons in Nyla, southern Darfur.

August 28, 2014

Americas
The U.S. Child Migrant Influx

Tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors, mostly from Central America, are arriving in the United States illegally, adding severe stress to an immigration system already in need of a major overhaul…

Detainees sleep in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in Brownsville, Texas.