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May 6, 2019

Defense and Security
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards

Conceived as the principal defenders of the 1979 revolution, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has evolved into an institution with vast political, economic, and military power.

Members of the Revolutionary Guards attend a parliamentary session in Tehran.

April 2, 2019

NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization)
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

NATO is girding up for what some believe is a new Cold War with Russia, but President Trump’s criticism of longtime allies has unsettled the twenty-nine-member bloc.

Nato

March 20, 2019

Vietnam
The Evolution of U.S.–Vietnam Ties

Once locked in war, Vietnam and the United States have built mature ties rooted in mutual economic and security interests.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump welcomes Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc at the White House, Washington, DC.

January 31, 2019

Somalia
Al-Shabab

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

Al-Shabab in Somalia

December 5, 2018

Myanmar
The Rohingya Crisis

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya, a Muslim ethnic minority group, are fleeing persecution in Myanmar’s western Rakhine State, fueling a historic migration crisis.

A group of Rohingya refugees after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, September 1, 2017.

October 22, 2018

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
The Uncertain Future of the INF Treaty

Backgrounder examines the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, which may now be imperiled by mutual suspicion between Russia and the United States.

Reuters

October 1, 2018

United States
How Does the U.S. Spend Its Foreign Aid?

With President Donald J. Trump advocating for deep cuts to U.S. foreign aid, debate has renewed over the role of foreign assistance funds in boosting growth, promoting democracy, and saving lives.

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August 15, 2018

Disasters
U.S. Disaster Relief at Home and Abroad

The U.S. government responds to scores of disasters each year, coordinating closely with state, local, and foreign partners. However, more frequent and severe storms, fires, and floods are straining …

Loren Elliott/Reuters

June 6, 2018

North Korea
North Korea’s Military Capabilities

Kim Jong-un has accelerated North Korea’s buildup of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction, while also modernizing its large conventional force.

Vehicles carry missiles during a military parade in Pyongyang.

May 2, 2007

Sub-Saharan Africa
U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM)

The creation of a new U.S. military command for Africa signals the continent’s growing strategic importance and its many development challenges.