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February 8, 2018

China-North-Korea-Cover.jpg The China–North Korea Relationship

China is North Korea’s biggest trade partner and has leverage over Kim Jong-un’s regime, yet its policies focus more on border stability than nuclear threat.

November 1, 2017

Southeast Asia
A woman sits in front of flags of ASEAN members in Bali, Indonesia, November 16, 2011. ASEAN: The Association of Southeast Asian Nations

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations brings together disparate neighbors to address economic, security, political, and social issues, but its impact remains limited.

July 25, 2016

United States
The Presidential Candidates: In Their Own Words

This regularly updated guide features transcripts from the Republican and Democratic presidential debates as well as select foreign policy speeches, op-eds, and interviews of the candidates.

June 19, 2015

Houthi rebels drive past a painted Ansar al-Sharia flag. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has emerged as one of the most dangerous al-Qaeda affiliates, strengthening amid political unrest in Yemen. 

February 29, 2008

Elections and Voting
The Caucus System in the U.S. Presidential Nominating Process

Party caucuses, which date to the 1800s, have declined in importance but they could be decisive in choosing the 2008 Democratic presidential candidate.

November 18, 2013

A paramilitary soldier stands guard after a suicide bomber blew himself up near a Peshawar police station. Pakistan’s New Generation of Terrorists

Pakistan has emerged as a sanctuary for some of the world’s most violent groups, including al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and homegrown militants, that threaten the stability of Pakistan as well as the regio…

October 13, 2011

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
State Sponsors: Iran

The U.S. government designates Iran as the "most active state sponsor of terrorism," which feeds concerns about Iran’s growing nuclear program.

May 4, 2011

The ISI and Terrorism: Behind the Accusations

Pakistan’s intelligence agency, the ISI, faces persistent accusations of links to terrorism, despite repeated denials.

June 26, 2008

Defense and Security
U.S-Pakistan Military Cooperation

Pakistan is key to success in U.S.-led  counterterrorism efforts, with its tribal areas serving as terrorist havens. But covert U.S. military actions inside Pakistan put the future of the U.S.-Pakist…

May 18, 2009

Sri Lanka
The Sri Lankan Conflict

Sri Lanka’s government has scored a string of wins in its long-standing civil war with Tamil militants. But it faces the challenge of integrating its Tamil minority.