August 28, 2014
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…
December 18, 2013
Successive U.S. administrations have sought to justify controversial domestic surveillance programs amid criticism from Congress and rights activists, explains this Backgrounder.
February 9, 2010
Peru has avoided the development problems seen in other extraction-dependent economies, but experts say the country faces governance hurdles, especially on the environment.
August 27, 2009
An overview of Peruvian terrorist groups, Shining Path and Tupac Amaru.
April 16, 2008
South America faces energy shortfalls at the same time that several countries have nationalized energy resources. Experts say a lack of cooperation on energy policy could hinder regional economic gro…
July 18, 2007
Since 9/11, much of al-Qaeda’s operational capacity has been dismantled but experts say the group’s strength now lies in its ability to inspire others to carry out terrorist attacks.
September 20, 2006
Backgrounder: U.S. debate over treatment of detainees hinges on interpretation of the Geneva Conventions.
March 10, 2006
Peru’s upcoming presidential election could be an important litmus test in a region leaning leftward.
March 27, 2006
The prosecution of alleged terrorists in U.S. civilian criminal courts and in new military tribunals has been fraught with controversy. U.S. federal courts have gradually asserted their role in the m…
December 6, 2005
This publication is now archived.
IntroductionIn response to media reports that the United States is detaining top al-Qaeda suspects in secret prisons in eight countries, including Romania and Poland…