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March 16, 2010

United Kingdom
Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) (aka, PIRA, "the provos," Óglaigh na hÉireann) (UK separatists)

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 …

August 27, 2009

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Shining Path, Tupac Amaru (Peru, leftists)

An overview of Peruvian terrorist groups, Shining Path and Tupac Amaru.

November 5, 2008

Iraq
Ansar al-Islam (Iraq, Islamists/Kurdish Separatists), Ansar al-Sunnah

A profile of a militant Islamist Kurdish separatist movement seeking to transform Iraq into an Islamic state.

November 9, 2015

Asia
Southern Asia’s Nuclear Powers

China, India, and Pakistan have relatively small but growing nuclear arms programs. This nuclear competition is raising concern because of long-simmering tensions and a lack of efforts at minimizing …

A surface-to-surface missile is launched off the eastern Indian state of Odisha, September 15, 2013.

June 19, 2015

Al-Qaeda
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has emerged as one of the most dangerous al-Qaeda affiliates, strengthening amid political unrest in Yemen. 

Houthi rebels drive past a painted Ansar al-Sharia flag.

March 13, 2014

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
Sarin

Sarin, one of the world’s most lethal chemical weapons, has long been stockpiled but is rarely used by states or terrorists. Allegations of attacks on civilians in Syria, if substantiated, would repr…

German researchers inspect a dummy sample contaminated with a substance similar to sarin

March 7, 2013

Religion
Papal Succession in the Catholic Church

The election of pope to lead the world’s one billion Catholics stirs debate over the spiritual authority of the pontiff and the church’s role in the world.

October 27, 2010

Afghanistan
Foreign Policy and the 2010 Midterms: War in Afghanistan

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.

June 24, 2010

International Organizations
The G20’s Twenty Agendas

The G20 meetings in Toronto will be marked by competing agendas on global growth and financial regulations. This Backgrounder looks at the range of policy concerns.

May 6, 2009

Pakistan
Winning the Information War in Afghanistan and Pakistan

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…