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February 15, 2019

International Law
What Is Extradition?

The extradition process enables governments to bring fugitives abroad to justice, but it can be fraught with political tension, even when a treaty is in place.

El Chapo extradition

October 11, 2018

China
Religion in China

As religious observance in China grows, the Chinese Communist Party continues to toughen oversight, increase religious persecution, and attempt to coopt state-sanctioned religious organizations.

Uighur men leave a mosque following the Eid prayers in Kashgar.

January 3, 2018

North Korea
What to Know About the Sanctions on North Korea

North Korea continues to endure economic sanctions, suggesting that enforcement has not been strong enough to pressure Pyongyang into negotiations on its nuclear program.

A woman works at a textile mill in Pyongyang, North Korea.

October 21, 2016

Philippines
The U.S.-Philippines Defense Alliance

A long-lasting security alliance with the Philippines remains at the heart of U.S. strategy in the Asia-Pacific, a region that includes the disputed South China Sea.

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February 9, 2016

United States
The U.S. Presidential Nominating Process

Every four years, U.S. presidential candidates compete in a series of state contests to gain their party’s nomination. The political process is one of the most complex and expensive in the world.

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February 19, 2015

Financial Markets
The Credit Rating Controversy

The three major credit rating agencies have been accused of contributing to the global financial crisis, drawing increased oversight from regulators in the United States and Europe. Nonetheless, inve…

The New York Stock exchange ticker

August 1, 2014

Palestinian Territories
Hamas

Hamas is the main Palestinian armed resistance group, but the Islamist movement has struggled with governance since assuming control of Gaza.

Gazans mark the anniversary of Hamas's founding.

July 4, 2014

Taliban
The Taliban in Afghanistan

Though toppled from power in 2001, the Taliban regrouped to resist the U.S.-led occupation of Afghanistan. As international forces draw down, the insurgency remains resilient.

Policemen gather around a shopping mall after a Taliban attack in January 2010.

March 13, 2014

Europe and Eurasia
The European Union’s Eastern Partnership

The most recent crisis in Ukraine has invited closer scrutiny of the European Union’s approach to its Eastern neighbors.

Europe Ukraine

November 30, 2012

International Organizations
Palestinian Statehood at the UN

The quest by Palestinian officials for statehood recognition could have major repercussions for the Mideast peace process. This Backgrounder outlines the potential impact of the UN vote.