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January 4, 2023

United States
What Is Temporary Protected Status?

Temporary protected status has long been used as a humanitarian solution for migrants who are unable to return home safely, but efforts to give them a path to citizenship have reignited the debate ar…

National TPS Alliance supporters participate in a rally at the U.S. Capitol in September 2020.

December 5, 2022

Pharmaceuticals and Vaccines
A Guide to Global COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts

The swift development of effective vaccines against COVID-19 was an unprecedented scientific achievement. But production challenges, vaccine nationalism, and new variants have all presented hurdles.

Physician Alister Martin receives one of the first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., December 16, 2020.Craig F. Walker

November 14, 2022

COVID-19
When Will COVID-19 Become Endemic?

As omicron infections wane, some government leaders are optimistic that COVID-19 is becoming endemic, meaning more predictable and manageable. But many scientists say it’s too soon to tell and warn against easing pandemic restrictions.

July 23, 2012

International Law
Frequently Asked Questions about the International Criminal Court

This publication is now archived. How did the court begin? The concept of an international court was first discussed in the aftermath of World War II. However, it wasn’t until the 1990s that th…

November 30, 2005

Global
’Slow is fast’ When it Comes to Multiethnic States Transitioning to Democracy, Says International Journalist Robert D. Kaplan

Multiethnic states, whether they are empires of diverse nationalities like the former Soviet Union, former colonies like Nigeria and Indonesia, or conglomerations of native and immigrant peoples like…

August 24, 2022

Health
What Does the CDC Do?

The federal agency has a broad mandate to protect Americans’ health and an expansive global reach. But the COVID-19 pandemic has been one of its most daunting challenges.

The CDC’s Emergency Operations Center is reflected in the glass of a room where staff meet to discuss the Ebola crisis in October 2014.

December 6, 2022

Somalia
Al-Shabaab

Al-Shabaab remains capable of carrying out massive attacks in Somalia and nearby countries despite a long-running African Union offensive against the Islamist terrorist group.

A military spokesman for al-Shabaab issues a statement in front of several fighters bearing arms.

December 9, 2005

International Organizations
The WTO’s Troubled ‘Doha Negotiations’

This publication is now archived. What are the Doha negotiations?At the November 2001 Ministerial Conference in Doha, capital of the Persian Gulf state of Qatar, the World Trade Organization (WTO) ag…

March 29, 2022

Global Governance
Young Professionals Briefing Series: Securing Europe—NATO Then and Now

Our panelists discuss the history of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), its expansion from twelve to thirty countries, its evolving mission in the post-Cold War world, as well as the alli…

Play Officials and military personnel stand beneath flags as they attend the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) summit ceremony at the NATO headquarters, in Brussels, on May 25, 2017.

August 22, 2022

Infectious Diseases
Why Hasn’t the World Eradicated Polio?

The world is inching closer to eradicating polio, but armed conflicts and opposition to vaccines stand in the way of finally eliminating the disease.

A health worker marks the finger of a child with indelible ink during an anti-polio campaign at an Afghan refugee settlement on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan.