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May 12, 2017

Saudi Arabia
U.S.-Saudi Relations

The U.S.-Saudi relationship, long bound by common interests in oil and security, has shown strains over what some analysts see as waning U.S. involvement in the Middle East and a more assertive Saudi…

U.S. President Donald J. Trump walks with Saudi King Salman at a summit in Riyadh.

February 3, 2014

United States
The Income Inequality Debate

Income inequality is generating high-level attention and debate in the United States, but the causes are complex and the policy remedies so far are modest, explains this Backgrounder.

March 23, 2012

Somalia
Combating Maritime Piracy

A surge in pirate attacks off the Somali coast in recent years has prompted the deployment of an international coalition of navies. But experts say that military force alone cannot address the underl…

September 23, 2010

United States
Foreign Policy and the 2010 Midterm Elections: Trade

With U.S. economic recovery still slow, trade policy looms as a factor in the congressional midterm races. This Backgrounder explores the consequences for trade based on the outcome of the Democratic…

June 3, 2005

Lebanon
Lebanon: Election Update

This publication is now archived. What’s the significance of Lebanon’s parliamentary elections?They are the first democratic elections since 1976, when Syria began a 29-year occupation of its neighbo…

July 20, 2006

Lebanon
Lebanon’s Weak Government

As Israeli air strikes decimate Lebanon, the elected government in Beirut is weak, divided, and seems powerless to control Hezbollah, whose attack on an Israeli convoy July 12 started the conflict.

April 26, 2006

Syria
Syria: Has Assad Dodged a Bullet?

Bashar al-Assad, whose regime looked shaky under international pressure last year, is consolidating his power and cracking down on dissent. Despite a UN probe linking Syrian officials to the assassin…

February 17, 2005

Syria
SYRIA: U.S.-Syrian Relations

This publication is now archived. What’s the status of U.S.-Syrian relations?Very strained. Relations with Syria, a supporter of terrorism, have never been warm, but they briefly improved after 9/11…

February 7, 2005

Saudi Arabia
SAUDI ARABIA: In al-Qaeda’s Sights

This publication is now archived. Is al-Qaeda now targeting Saudi Arabia?Yes, many experts say. Al-Qaeda attacked U.S. troops stationed in the oil-rich kingdom several times during the 1990s. But the…

February 7, 2005

Saudi Arabia
SAUDI ARABIA: Withdrawl of U.S. Forces

This publication is now archived. Will the departure of American forces improve U.S.-Saudi relations?It should. Both the United States and Saudi Arabia had indicated even before the war in Iraq ended…