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January 19, 2018

Olympics
The Economics of Hosting the Olympic Games

The costs of hosting the Olympics have skyrocketed, while the economic benefits are far from clear. This has led to fewer states interested in playing host and a search for options to lighten the bur…

Lighting the Olympic Torch

January 30, 2017

United States
Can Trump Carry Out His Foreign Policy Promises?

President Donald J. Trump has wide latitude to enact the sweeping changes to U.S. foreign policy that he has promised, but his executive authority is constrained by congressional legislation, treaty …

President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks at Homeland Security headquarters in Washington, DC.

July 2, 2012

Brazil
Brazil on the International Stage

Brazil’s economic dynamism has given it a stronger voice on global trade and energy issues. Experts say Washington can advance its regional interests more effectively through a more sophisticated rel…

October 27, 2010

United States
Immigration and the Midterm Elections

The economic climate and border security concerns have fueled the immigration debate in the U.S. congressional elections. This Backgrounder examines races where immigration is playing a role and the …

May 6, 2009

Pakistan
Winning the Information War in Afghanistan and Pakistan

President Obama has made "strategic communications" an essential part of his move to boost the military and nation-building effort in Afghanistan. But experts say countering Taliban messaging will ta…

April 23, 2008

Iraq
Finding a Place for the ‘Sons of Iraq’

The Sunni awakening movement and the Sons of Iraq security forces it inspired helped restore peace. Iraq’s long-term stability could hinge on keeping the movement satiated, experts say.

February 22, 2007

Homeland Security
Fusion Centers

Backgrounder: State and local governments are ramping up their own intelligence efforts, using fusion centers to funnel information.

October 16, 2007

Libya
How Libya Got Off the List

Libya, for years a thorn in the side of U.S. policymakers, has boosted its profile in recent years, renouncing terrorism and abandoning its WMD. In response, the U.S. State Department has removed Lib…

February 2, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: The Sunnis

This publication is now archived. What role will Sunnis play in the new Iraq?Sunni Arabs make up some 15 percent to 20 percent of Iraq’s population, but they dominated the country’s government and ec…

June 22, 2006

Iraq
The Debate Over Granting Amnesty to Iraqi Insurgents

A firestorm of criticism followed the recent proposal by the Iraqi government to grant amnesty to insurgents. But experts say conflicts like the one raging in Iraq rarely end in clear-cut military vi…