September 24, 2018
The UN General Assembly hosts a much-watched high-level debate of world leaders each year but has struggled to make its work more substantive. The seventy-third session will likely be dominated by is…
September 22, 2016
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.
May 17, 2013
South Africa in the post-apartheid period has registered steady growth, but mounting problems over inequality threaten the continent’s economic engine.
October 18, 2010
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…
May 2, 2007
The creation of a new U.S. military command for Africa signals the continent’s growing strategic importance and its many development challenges.
September 28, 2007
Gen. David Petraeus’ assertions about falling casualties in Iraq are supported by a range of objective sources. But his testimony to Congress does not establish whether the decline is attributable to…
December 15, 2006
President Bush’s review of U.S. Iraq policy may involve adjustments to broader U.S. strategy in the Mideast. Bush is hearing proposals ranging from a boost in combat forces to engaging Iran and Syria…
August 3, 2006
A group of Islamist courts have seized power across much of Somalia. Many outside observers are anxiously watching—and interfering—as the power struggle plays out between the Islamists and the offici…
March 16, 2006
Terrorist groups can never change their stripes, or so politicians regularly remind their citizens. Yet history begs to differ.
November 18, 2005
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What recent developments have upset U.S.-Venezuelan relations?Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez made headlines at the November Summit of the Americas by helping to un…