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January 18, 2007

Wars and Conflict
Bush’s Baghdad Plan

President Bush’s new "surge" plan to clear and hold Baghdad’s neighborhoods faces a tough challenge from high levels of sectarian violence.

May 3, 2007

Foreign Aid
Transforming U.S. Foreign Aid

One year into the U.S. State Department’s effort to transform foreign assistance programs, funding is up but criticism remains over the scope of the reforms.

June 14, 2007

Iraq
Is U.S. Troop Morale Slipping?

Despite eroding public support for the Iraq war, troop morale remains high. Experts warn that could change as U.S. forces get further bogged down in Iraq.

July 18, 2006

Iraq
Securing Baghdad

Despite a security clampdown in Baghdad, Iraq’s capital remains a hotbed of sectarian violence. The new government has yet to find a solution—military, political, or otherwise—for securing the city.

July 16, 2007

Arms Industries and Trade
Russia’s Beef with Regional Arms Control

Russia has suspended its participation in a treaty on conventional arms and voiced opposition to a missile shield in its backyard. Is a new era of mutual hostility in the making?

December 14, 2006

Defense and Security
Iraq’s Other Embeds: Advisers

Whatever emerges from the current review of U.S. Iraq policy, embedding more U.S. military advisers with Iraqi forces will be a vital component. But can this training effort help secure Iraq?

October 16, 2007

Libya
How Libya Got Off the List

Libya, for years a thorn in the side of U.S. policymakers, has boosted its profile in recent years, renouncing terrorism and abandoning its WMD. In response, the U.S. State Department has removed Lib…

January 10, 2006

Russia
Energy’s Impact on EU-Russian Relations

This publication is now archived. IntroductionBeneath the Baltic Sea, a pipeline is being built between Russia and Germany. Slated for completion by 2010, the 744-mile Northern European Pipeline is a…

March 11, 2008

Democracy
What are Iraq’s Benchmarks?

The U.S. government has set a number of benchmarks on security, economic performance, and governance for the Iraqi government to determine progress.

May 12, 2008

United States
Foreign Policy and the 2008 Presidential Nominating Campaigns

Through the U.S. presidential nominating process, voters have offered a muddled view on foreign policy issues but they continue to generate heat on the campaign trail.