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February 3, 2005

Democracy
MIDDLE EAST: Promoting Democracy

This publication is now archived. How is the United States promoting democracy in the Arab world?The Bush administration has taken two distinct approaches since September 11. It has pursued an aggres…

April 14, 2006

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Anti-terror Measures at U.S. Nuclear Plants

Nuclear power remains an important source of electricity in the United States, but many are concerned security at nuclear plants is inadequate to thwart terrorist attacks.

February 17, 2005

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
TERROR: War on Terror Update

This publication is now archived. Three years after 9/11, has progress has been made in the war on terror?Yes, most analysts say, but precisely how much is unclear. On the home front, considerable st…

April 21, 2006

Global
The World Bank and Corruption

A decade after the World Bank mounted its first anticorruption campaign, the impact appears to have been minimal. Paul Wolfowitz, the bank’s new president, is seeking to reinvigorate the effort. But …

May 24, 2006

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
U.S. May Shift Strategy on North Korea

News reports say the United States may be shifting its approach toward North Korea in an ongoing effort to get Pyongyang to give up its nuclear program. But some experts say that with negotiations st…

June 26, 2006

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Documenting Andijan

A newly obtained video of a May 2005 massacre of civilians in the Uzbek city of Andijan casts new light on an event that led to a marked decrease in U.S. influence in the region.

June 7, 2006

North Korea
North Korea’s Capitalist Experiment

The government of North Korean President Kim Jung-Il retains a virtual death grip on the nation’s economy, directing all official economic activity through an authoritarian command system. But recent…

August 3, 2006

Wars and Conflict
NATO and the Afghan-Pakistani Border

Taliban fighters have stepped up their attacks along the Afghan-Pakistani border as the United States hands over control of southern Afghanistan to NATO forces, freeing up American troops to try, onc…

August 10, 2006

Middle East and North Africa
The Al-Qaeda-Hezbollah Relationship

Al-Qaeda and Hezbollah are supposedly rival groups on opposite sides of sectarian lines. Yet recent statements from senior al-Qaeda leadership suggest a common enemy may be drawing them together, and…

September 15, 2006

Syria
Syria: U.S. Policy Options

The United States has long tried to compel Syria to adjust its behavior, but rarely with any result. This backgrounder examines the current U.S. policy options toward Syria.