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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

December 11, 2013

Egypt
Security in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula

The Sinai Peninsula has in recent years become a haven for transnational crime and Islamist militancy, posing new security challenges to Egypt and Israel.

A military vehicle drives through northern Sinai.

January 3, 2014

Lebanon
Hezbollah

Hezbollah’s long-standing resistance to Israel gained this Lebanon-based Shiite political party and militant group broad support, but its involvement in Syria’s civil war may jeopardize its domestic …

Lebanese Hezbollah supporters gesture as they march during a religious procession to mark Ashura in Beirut

July 23, 2012

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
Iran’s Ballistic Missile Program

Despite concerns over Iran’s nuclear program, the Obama administration has assessed that Tehran is years from a developing a long-range missile capable of delivering a nuclear weapon. But past Irania…

November 10, 2005

Jordan
The Effects of the Amman Bombings on U.S.-Jordanian Relations

This publication is now archived. Jordan’s Worst Terrorist Attacks in HistoryThe recent hotel bombings in Jordan will once again shine the spotlight on U.S.-Jordanian relations. On the surface, relat…

May 16, 2008

Iraq
Muqtada al-Sadr

The anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, virtually unknown before the collapse of Saddam Hussein’s government, has leveraged his family name to become one of the most influential Shiite leaders in m…

August 11, 2010

Lebanon
Profile: Hassan Nasrallah

A profile of Hassan Nasrallah, the secretary-general of Hezbollah.

January 14, 2010

United States
Global Uranium Supply and Demand

Interest in nuclear power is increasing, but securing adequate uranium supplies for nuclear fuel faces challenges ranging from a flagging mining sector to fears of nuclear weapons proliferation.

August 28, 2006

Democracy
Phase Two in the Saddam Trial

Saddam Hussein’s trial has entered its second phase as he faces charges of genocide and crimes against humanity for a 1988 campaign against Iraqi Kurds. Experts hope the domestic court, despite diffi…

July 14, 2009

Religion
U.S.-Vatican Relations

U.S.-Vatican relations remain uneven following Joseph Ratzinger’s accession as Pope Benedict XVI, particularly as the Obama administration pursues a more liberal social agenda.