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April 28, 2017

Syrian Civil War
Who’s Who in Syria’s Civil War

Syria’s civil war is being fought on multiple fronts by an array of combatants whose alliances, capabilities, and in some cases motives have been in flux.

Rebel fighters train in western Deraa governorate.

May 27, 2010

Global Governance
Fifteen Nuclear Agendas to Watch

The Review Conference of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty gets underway amid new concerns about Iran and North Korea and disputes between nuclear haves and have-nots. Fifteen countries will play a…

February 7, 2005

Intelligence
INTELLIGENCE: National Intelligence Czar

This publication is now archived. Does the United States need a national intelligence czar?The 9/11 Commission report released July 22 recommends that Congress create a Cabinet-level post to oversee …

September 21, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
UN Resolutions on the Mideast and North Africa

Summaries and links to the seminal United Nations Security Council and General Assembly resolutions for the post-colonial period, focusing on those related to the Arab-Israeli conflict in the Middle …

January 27, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Training Iraqi Forces

This publication is now archived. How many Iraqi troops are fully trained?Some 40,000 Iraqi security force members “can go anywhere in the country and take on almost any threat,” General Richard B. M…

March 22, 2007

United States
The Changing Scope of U.S. International Broadcasts

The U.S. government has boosted spending on international broadcasting since 9/11, expanding its reach to the Internet and satellite TV. But critics say these outlets have lost their focus.

June 17, 2008

China
Olympic Pressure on China

As the Olympics draw near, critics are attacking Beijing for its policies on the environment, the press, Sudan, and Tibet.

January 28, 2009

Global
Sovereign Wealth Funds

A primer on government funds charged with investing currency reserves for profit.

December 4, 2007

Iran
Intelligence on Iran Still Lacking

Iran’s alleged meddling in Iraq and Afghanistan and its defiance of orders to halt uranium enrichment have drawn sharp criticism from the west. Amid the rhetoric some analysts and policy makers conti…

February 2, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: The Role of Tribes

This publication is now archived. What part can tribes play in Iraqi politics?Experts disagree. U.S. military officials have sought the cooperation of many local tribal leaders, but it is difficult t…