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March 22, 2007

Nigeria
MEND: The Niger Delta’s Umbrella Militant Group

Backgrounder: MEND has gained global notoriety by disrupting oil supplies in the Niger Delta.

March 6, 2007

Economics
The Global Auto Industry

Backgrounder: Detroit’s woes coincide with a blossoming of Asian automakers.

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.

September 30, 2013

Nuclear Weapons
The Six Party Talks on North Korea’s Nuclear Program

China’s recent push to renew the Six Party Talks, stalled since 2008, has raised hopes for progress on the peninsula despite worries that Pyongyang may have restarted its old nuclear reactor.

A North Korean soldier guards the banks of the Yalu River opposite the Chinese border town of Hekou, May 31, 2009.

November 4, 2010

United States
Midterm Elections 2010: Spending Wars

With U.S. unemployment and high debt threatening Americans at home and U.S. power abroad, this Backgrounder looks at congressional candidates’ difficulty in articulating policies that balance job cre…

October 19, 2006

Defense and Security
The Proliferation Security Initiative

The United States launched the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) in 2003 to help curb the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Since then, PSI membership has expanded sevenfold, …

March 15, 2007

Religion
Shia Muslims in the Mideast

Backgrounder: Some experts say a "Shiite crescent" holds the potential to transform Islamic politics in the coming years.

October 8, 2007

Emerging Markets
China’s Motor Vehicle and Aerospace Industries

Chinese entry into the manufacturing of commercial vehicles and aircraft has the potential to reshape the competitive landscape in two industries still dominated by G8 nations.

March 19, 2007

Middle East and North Africa
MIDDLE EAST: Pivotal Issues

This publication is now archived. Why have Palestinian prisoners and the West Bank security fence become the central issues of the Arab-Israeli peace process?Neither issue is part of the so-called ro…

August 24, 2005

Trade
TRADE: The FTAA Meeting

This publication is now archived. What is on the agenda at the FTAA meeting in Miami?When trade ministers from the proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) meet November 20-21, developing coun…