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July 1, 2021

Latin America
Central America’s Turbulent Northern Triangle

The U.S. government is responding to another wave of migrants fleeing poverty, violence, and other challenges in the Central American region.

A child sits outside her home in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

May 4, 2021

United States
The U.S. Vice President and Foreign Policy

Modern vice presidents can trace much of their political influence to the broad reforms that Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale made to the second-highest elected office in the late 1970s.

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April 12, 2021

United States
How the U.S. Patrols Its Borders

U.S. troops have been sent to the border with Mexico to supplement the work of Border Patrol agents amid debate over the merits of building a wall. Here are the facts.

An aerial photo of a line of people sitting near a white pickup truck. They are facing a border barrier.

May 27, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
What Is U.S. Policy on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?

The United States has long tried to negotiate a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but several factors, including deep divisions between and within the parties and declining U.S. interes…

A Palestinian uses a ladder to climb over the wall separating the Israeli and Palestinian sides of the West Bank.

November 25, 2020

Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico: A U.S. Territory in Crisis

The Caribbean island, which shares a close yet fraught relationship with the rest of the United States, faces a multilayered economic and social crisis, rooted in long-standing policy and compounded …

A man rides his bicycle through a damaged road in Puerto Rico.

October 22, 2018

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
The Uncertain Future of the INF Treaty

Backgrounder examines the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, which may now be imperiled by mutual suspicion between Russia and the United States.

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…

December 6, 2017

Israel
What’s At Stake With the U.S. Recognition of Jerusalem

President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and relocate the embassy there could set back the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

The Israeli and American flags are projected on the walls surrounding Jerusalem’s Old City.

July 27, 2006

Security Alliances
NATO Takes On Afghan Security

As NATO prepares to take over military operations in southern Afghanistan from U.S. forces, the Taliban’s increasingly bold attacks are straining the political and security framework of the country.

December 1, 2013

Wars and Conflict
Balance of U.S. War Powers

There have long been disputes over the role of Congress and the president in waging military action.

U.S. Air Force Salute