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July 12, 2017

China
China in Africa

China has become Africa’s largest trade partner and has greatly expanded its economic ties to the continent, but its growing activities there have raised questions about its noninterference policy.  …

Workers from China and Burkina Faso employed by Sinohydro standing on back of truck driven by chinese workers.

June 21, 2017

Intelligence
The FBI’s Role in National Security

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has been reoriented toward counterterrorism in recent years, but continues to face charges of overreach.

FBI agents respond to a crime scene.

May 22, 2015

Asia
Building the New Silk Road

The United States and China have developed competing visions for reviving ancient trade routes connecting Asia and Europe. The U.S. diplomatic strategy focuses on Afghanistan, while China hopes to ec…

October 14, 2015

China
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization

Eurasia’s Shanghai Cooperation Organization has expanded its agenda to include wide-reaching security and economic initiatives, but it remains to be seen if the bloc’s members can develop and impleme…

The SCO heads of state, the heads of observer states and governments, and international organisation delegation heads during the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Ufa, Russia, July 10, 2015.

May 15, 2015

Peacekeeping
Peace Operations in Africa

More multinational peacekeeping forces are deployed in Africa than ever before. To be effective, operations must address questions about division of labor, funding, and capacity constraints.

A Nigerian peacekeeping soldier from the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) patrols in a camp for internally displaced persons in Nyla, southern Darfur.

July 25, 2014

Middle East and North Africa
Islam: Governing Under Sharia

Sharia, or Islamic law, is increasingly in the spotlight as its political and economic role expands in the Muslim world and even in the West.

Friday prayers at the Wazir Khan mosque in Lahore, Pakistan.

October 17, 2013

United States
Student Loans and U.S. Prosperity

Postsecondary education has significant public and private benefits, but debate continues over the extent of federal student lending.

Students at Ohio State University attend commencement

May 13, 2013

Infrastructure
U.S. Broadband Policy and Competitiveness

With the economic benefits of broadband access rising, experts continue to debate how U.S. digital infrastructure compares to its international peers.

An internet cable in a server room.

February 2, 2005

Iraq
Iraq: The war’s price tag

This publication is now archived. How much has the war in Iraq cost?Congress has so far appropriated about $123 billion for the war in Iraq in addition to the military’s standard operating expenses c…

August 23, 2012

United States
National Conventions and U.S. Foreign Policy

U.S. presidential nominating conventions often touch on national security and foreign policy, but don’t always signal the direction of a winning candidate’s policy, explains this Backgrounder.