March 16, 2010United Kingdom
The provisional Irish Republican Army, or IRA, is an outgrowth of an older group known as the Irish Republican Army, which fought an insurgency that successfully challenged British rule in the whole …
November 5, 2008Iraq
A profile of a militant Islamist Kurdish separatist movement seeking to transform Iraq into an Islamic state.
October 27, 2010Afghanistan
The war in Afghanistan hasn’t been a major campaign issue even as public support for it has waned. This Backgrounder examines political backing for the war.
May 6, 2009Pakistan
President Obama has made "strategic communications" an essential part of his move to boost the military and nation-building effort in Afghanistan. But experts say countering Taliban messaging will ta…