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November 3, 2021

COVID-19
Will the World Ever Solve the Mystery of COVID-19’s Origin?

It is crucial to learn the facts about how COVID-19 emerged to prevent future outbreaks. But China is rebuffing calls for further investigations focusing on Wuhan.

A technician wearing goggles and other protective gear holds up virus samples at a laboratory in Hengyang, China, in February 2020.

February 29, 2008

Elections and Voting
The Caucus System in the U.S. Presidential Nominating Process

Party caucuses, which date to the 1800s, have declined in importance but they could be decisive in choosing the 2008 Democratic presidential candidate.

May 29, 2007

Iraq
A National ID Program for Iraq?

Some U.S. analysts recommend a national ID database with biometric cards to identify insurgents in Iraq, but the proposal faces resistance from the U.S. military.

April 23, 2008

Iraq
Finding a Place for the ‘Sons of Iraq’

The Sunni awakening movement and the Sons of Iraq security forces it inspired helped restore peace. Iraq’s long-term stability could hinge on keeping the movement satiated, experts say.

September 12, 2007

Iraq
Iraq Security Statistics

The U.S. military’s methodology for measuring violence in Iraq draws criticism from some quarters. The Pentagon concedes some kinds of violence don’t get included, but insists its consistent applic…

May 6, 2009

Pakistan
Winning the Information War in Afghanistan and Pakistan

President Obama has made "strategic communications" an essential part of his move to boost the military and nation-building effort in Afghanistan. But experts say countering Taliban messaging will ta…

May 22, 2009

Afghanistan
Nourishing Afghanistan’s Agricultural Sector

International actors are redoubling efforts to restore Afghanistan’s agriculture sector and weaken the massive opium trade that helps fund the Taliban. But competing strategies and corruption could s…

February 16, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: U.S.-Turkey Relations

This publication is now archived. How strained are U.S.-Turkey relations?They are very strained. The Bush administration was stunned by the Turkish Parliament’s March 1 decision to deny the United St…

October 26, 2007

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
U.S. Army Force Restructuring, “Modularity,” and Iraq

The U.S. Army is reorganizing to create smaller, more mobile units without sacrificing firepower. Some experts, however, wonder whether that aim addresses the lessons of Iraq.

May 4, 2021

United States
The U.S. Vice President and Foreign Policy

Modern vice presidents can trace much of their political influence to the broad reforms that Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale made to the second-highest elected office in the late 1970s.

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