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November 7, 2006

Iraq
The Cost of the Iraq War

With U.S. forces mired in Iraq, the cost of war has escalated. But some critics decry the manner in which the war is being funded more than the price tag itself.

December 11, 2006

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Targets for Terrorists: Chemical Facilities

Attacks on U.S. chemical facilities have the potential to affect thousands, possibly millions of people, yet many of them remain poorly secured. Legislation to improve security standards has been wat…

January 4, 2007

United States
110th Congress—Defense Spending Issue Looms

The debate over defense spending will be more contentious than usual as the annual budget process ramps up in Washington.

July 24, 2006

Middle East and North Africa
Multilateral Intervention in the Middle East: An Uninspiring Legacy

Efforts to stabilize and pacify the Middle East conflict with UN and multinational peacekeeping forces have proven difficult—if not impossible. A look at the history of such efforts.

June 9, 2006

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Iraq’s Insurgency After Zarqawi

The death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Iraq’s most wanted man, is an important event but one unlikely to affect the insurgency greatly.

June 19, 2007

Iraq
Economic Doldrums in Iraq

Iraq’s failing economy helps feed the cycle of violence there. Beyond restoring security, however, experts disagree over how to resuscitate it.

June 22, 2007

Trade
Fast-Track Trade Promotion Authority and Its Impact on U.S. Trade Policy

The looming expiration of U.S. fast-track trade promotion authority could trip up momentum toward trade liberalization, but experts say it won’t necessarily be a step backwards.

July 19, 2007

United States
Is the United States Ready to Approve the Law of the Sea Treaty?

The White House is pressing for Senate ratification of the Law of the Sea treaty. Some worry it will endanger national security and harm U.S. industry.

January 24, 2008

Kenya
Understanding Kenya’s Politics

While some reports attribute Kenya’s postelection crisis to tribalism, most analysts see weak political institutions at the root of problems.

February 22, 2008

Trade
The Doha Trade Talks

A profile of the Doha round of World Trade Organization multilateral trade talks.