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December 7, 2005

United States
American Presidents at the Council on Foreign Relations

This publication is now archived. Presidents at the CFR Since the founding of the Council on Foreign Relations in 1921, eight American presidents have addressed the membership, two of them – Bi…

February 3, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: U.S. Deployments at the War’s Height

This publication is now archived. How many U.S. troops were stationed in and around Iraq when Baghdad fell?The Pentagon said April 8 that some 340,000 U.S. servicemen and women were under the authori…

August 22, 2006

Religion
Christian Evangelicals and U.S. Foreign Policy

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 15, 2006

Iraq
Democratic Party Proposals on Iraq

The war in Iraq is a divisive issue not only between Democrats and Republicans but also among Democrats themselves. Their ability to offer a viable alternate strategy on Iraq may decide whether they …

May 18, 2007

Iraq
Democrats, Republicans, and Political Fault Lines on Iraq

Public disapproval of the Iraq war is starting to create fissures among Republicans and posing challenges for Democrats seeking to balance national security and political gains .

December 21, 2007

Congresses and Parliaments
The Impact of the 110th Congress on U.S. Foreign Policy

Democrats in the 110th Congress failed to alter Bush administration policy on Iraq, but made an impact on trade and energy legislation.

September 16, 2008

Political History and Theory
Foreign Policy and Political Nominating Conventions

U.S. political conventions offer the parties a place to unite around presidential candidates and a vision for foreign and domestic policy.

George W. Bush Nomination 2004

October 16, 2008

Trade
China’s Troubled Food and Drug Trade

China has grown into a trading giant, but recent concerns over the safety of Chinese food and drugs have increased worries that China’s production may have outpaced the country’s policing capacity.

May 22, 2009

Afghanistan
Nourishing Afghanistan’s Agricultural Sector

International actors are redoubling efforts to restore Afghanistan’s agriculture sector and weaken the massive opium trade that helps fund the Taliban. But competing strategies and corruption could s…

October 27, 2010

United States
Immigration and the Midterm Elections

The economic climate and border security concerns have fueled the immigration debate in the U.S. congressional elections. This Backgrounder examines races where immigration is playing a role and the …