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June 24, 2010

International Organizations
The G20’s Twenty Agendas

The G20 meetings in Toronto will be marked by competing agendas on global growth and financial regulations. This Backgrounder looks at the range of policy concerns.

December 4, 2007

Iran
Intelligence on Iran Still Lacking

Iran’s alleged meddling in Iraq and Afghanistan and its defiance of orders to halt uranium enrichment have drawn sharp criticism from the west. Amid the rhetoric some analysts and policy makers conti…

November 2, 2005

Trade
What to Expect from the Summit of the Americas

This publication is now archived. IntroductionU.S. President George Bush heads to South America this week to meet heads of state at the fourth Summit of the Americas November 4-5 in the Argentine sea…

November 17, 2006

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
The Growing Nuclear Club

Backgrounder: North Korea is the latest member of the world’s still-exclusive nuclear club. But other aspirants are waiting in the wings.

February 8, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Iraq, Iran, and Islam

This publication is now archived. What role will Islam play in Iraq after the elections?It’s unclear. The Shiite political coalition expected to win a majority of seats in the January 30 elections is…

December 22, 2005

Global
2006: A Look Ahead

This publication is now archived. IntroductionDefining a year just past is often a matter of perspective. Sometimes it’s self-evident: 1989 saw communism fall in Europe, 2001 saw terrorism arrive in …

November 4, 2008

Politics and Government
Presidential Transitions and Foreign Policy

The handoff of foreign policy responsibility from one U.S. presidential administration to another has proven risky in many cases. The next transition occurs at a time of extraordinary global challeng…

February 7, 2005

International Organizations
UNITED NATIONS: Nation-Building

This publication is now archived. What’s the U.N. record on nation-building?Mixed, experts say. While the United Nations has guided several countries through successful postwar transitions, the enorm…

March 22, 2007

United States
The Changing Scope of U.S. International Broadcasts

The U.S. government has boosted spending on international broadcasting since 9/11, expanding its reach to the Internet and satellite TV. But critics say these outlets have lost their focus.

February 2, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Justifying the War

This publication is now archived. Was the war in Iraq justified? There is broad agreement that removing Saddam Hussein from power neutralized a ruthless tyrant. But the debate over why the Unit…