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August 25, 2005

United States
ASIA: U.S. Military Bases in Central Asia

This publication is now archived. What is the status of the U.S. military bases in Central Asia?The United States maintains two bases in Central Asia, one each in Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, for its p…

November 30, 2010

Religion
Sharia and Militancy

Experts say Islamic law, or sharia, holds wide appeal for Muslim populations in many countries and is beginning to spread via democratic means, but it is also being used as a tool of Islamic militanc…

March 19, 2007

Religion
MIDDLE EAST: Islam and Democracy

This publication is now archived. Is Islam compatible with democracy?It can be. Millions of the world’s 1.4 billion Muslims live in democracies, ample proof that there is no inherent discord between …

November 5, 2008

Iraq
Ansar al-Islam (Iraq, Islamists/Kurdish Separatists), Ansar al-Sunnah

A profile of a militant Islamist Kurdish separatist movement seeking to transform Iraq into an Islamic state.

March 19, 2007

Iraq
IRAQ: The Prison System

This publication is now archived. Who runs the prison system in Iraq?The coalition authorities. According to an official memorandum issued June 8, 2003, by L. Paul Bremer III, the U.S. administrator …

June 4, 2013

Iran
Human Rights in Iran

Global monitors say Iran’s human rights situation is poor and unlikely to improve amid a climate of political uncertainty and growing external pressures. But activists urge continued international sc…

August 14, 2006

Middle East and North Africa
The Al-Qaeda-Hezbollah Relationship

Al-Qaeda and Hezbollah are supposedly rival groups on opposite sides of sectarian lines. Yet recent statements from senior al-Qaeda leadership suggest a common enemy may be drawing them together, and…

August 25, 2014

Ukraine
Ukraine in Crisis

The crisis has spiraled into conflict that has killed thousands and continues to feed tensions between Russia and Western powers over Moscow’s support for separatists.

March 18, 2011

United States
Nuclear Power Expansion Challenges

The scramble for energy alternatives has brought new focus on nuclear power in the United States, but its revival faces political and practical obstacles.

December 6, 2007

Democracy
Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration (DDR) in Africa

The process of disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration (DDR) of former combatants features in most of Africa’s post-conflict reconstruction programs. Though DDR programs have improved, problem…