April 19, 2006
Trade relations between the United States and China have provided enormous benefits to both countries. But a growing U.S. trade deficit, China’s regulation of its currency, and concerns over intellec…
April 25, 2005
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What kind of prime minister will Ibrahim Jaafari make?Jaafari, 58, is a conservative, religious Shiite. For nearly 40 years, he has been active in the Islamic Dawa P…
April 26, 2006
Bashar al-Assad, whose regime looked shaky under international pressure last year, is consolidating his power and cracking down on dissent. Despite a UN probe linking Syrian officials to the assassin…
April 21, 2006
The Palestinian Authority is in a budget crunch after Hamas, a group listed as a terrorist organization by both the European Union and the United States, won January’s elections, yet refused to renou…
September 15, 2006
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.
August 22, 2006
Evangelical Christians have been a force in U.S. society dating back to the nineteenth century. But experts say in recent years their influence on U.S. foreign policy has grown, from humanitarian act…
September 20, 2006
Backgrounder: U.S. debate over treatment of detainees hinges on interpretation of the Geneva Conventions.
December 11, 2006
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…
October 30, 2006
Vietnam’s economy is booming as the World Trade Organization prepares to welcome the communist country as a full member after eleven years of accession negotiations.
February 13, 2007
Backgrounder: The new Congress shares President Bush’s reform approach but new legislation is by no means assured.