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October 26, 2005

United States
Recruitment Woes for U.S. Guard and Reserve

This publication is now archived. The current crisisThe war in Iraq is the United States’ first sustained conflict since the military shifted to an all-volunteer force in 1973. As the casualty count …

February 7, 2005

Saudi Arabia
SAUDI ARABIA: In al-Qaeda’s Sights

This publication is now archived. Is al-Qaeda now targeting Saudi Arabia?Yes, many experts say. Al-Qaeda attacked U.S. troops stationed in the oil-rich kingdom several times during the 1990s. But the…

June 14, 2006

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Profile: Abu Bakar Bashir (a.k.a. Ba’asyir)

A profile of Abu Bakar Bashir, the Indonesian cleric whose fiery invectives have motivated terrorist attacks like the 2002 Bali bombings, and who some experts say is affiliated with al-Qaeda.

July 24, 2008

East Timor
The Pitfalls of UN Nation-building

The United Nations has frequently cited East Timor as a model nation-building project. But new unrest in the tiny Asian state indicates that the international community has again failed to show the s…

January 22, 2009

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Hillary Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a senator and former First Lady, has offered a tough pragmatism on national security matters and called for reviving U.S. credibility in the world.

April 1, 2009

International Organizations
Twenty Agendas at G-20

A short summary of each of the G-20 member’s objectives for the April summit in London.

June 1, 2009

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Terrorism Havens: Philippines

A profile of terrorism in the Philippines.

November 5, 2008

Democracy
A Tribal Strategy for Afghanistan

As military leaders in Washington revise their war strategy for Afghanistan, analysts say enlisting Afghan tribesmen could aid in security. Others warn that what helped stabilize Iraq may play very d…

September 23, 2009

International Organizations
Twenty Agendas at G-20, Part II

Leaders attending the Group of 20 summit in Pittsburgh will seek to forge agreements to buoy a global economic recovery and repair financial imbalances that contributed to the recession.

October 4, 2013

United States
U.S. Debt Ceiling: Costs and Consequences

As the U.S. approaches the deadline to raise its debt limit, economists warn of a fiscal crisis and steeply higher borrowing costs for U.S. businesses and homeowners, explains this Backgrounder.

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