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February 7, 2018

Nuclear Weapons
Ian Dudley/Reuters 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.

February 3, 2009

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Eric H. Holder Jr., Attorney General

President Barack Obama’s attorney general, Eric H. Holder Jr., has criticized some of the Bush administration’s counter-terrorism moves, calling for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention center…

June 21, 2017

Intelligence
FBI agents respond to a crime scene. 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.

April 11, 2017

United States
Foreign-Aid-BGR-Header-1160x630.jpg 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.

May 22, 2015

Asia
Camels in Pakistan 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…

October 14, 2015

China
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. 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…

May 15, 2015

Peacekeeping
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. 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.

August 28, 2014

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

July 25, 2014

Middle East and North Africa
Friday prayers at the Wazir Khan mosque in Lahore, Pakistan. Islam: Governing Under Sharia

Sharia, or Islamic law, is increasingly in the spotlight as its political and economic role expands in the Muslim world and even in the West.

October 17, 2013

United States
Students at Ohio State University attend commencement Student Loans and U.S. Prosperity

Postsecondary education has significant public and private benefits, but debate continues over the extent of federal student lending.