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December 22, 2005

Global
2006: A Look Ahead

This publication is now archived. IntroductionDefining a year just past is often a matter of perspective. Sometimes it’s self-evident: 1989 saw communism fall in Europe, 2001 saw terrorism arrive in …

February 2, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Saddam’s Capture

This publication is now archived. What are the effects of Saddam Hussein’s capture?It’s uncertain what the lasting effects will be. In the short term, the December 13 arrest of Iraq’s former dictator…

October 30, 2006

Development
The Surging Vietnamese Economy

Vietnam’s economy is booming as the World Trade Organization prepares to welcome the communist country as a full member after eleven years of accession negotiations.

January 4, 2007

United States
110th Congress—Defense Spending Issue Looms

The debate over defense spending will be more contentious than usual as the annual budget process ramps up in Washington.

April 11, 2007

United States
America’s Energy Sources

President Bush, in his January 31, 2006, State of the Union address, proposed an Advanced Energy Initiative to reduce American dependency on foreign energy sources. The following is a summary of U.S…

June 20, 2008

United States
Foreign Policy Brain Trusts: Clinton Advisers

Sen. Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy team included veteran Clinton administration officials seeking to revive U.S. leadership through a balance of soft and hard power.

September 23, 2010

United States
Foreign Policy and the 2010 Midterm Elections: Trade

With U.S. economic recovery still slow, trade policy looms as a factor in the congressional midterm races. This Backgrounder explores the consequences for trade based on the outcome of the Democratic…

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.

December 1, 2013

Wars and Conflict
Balance of U.S. War Powers

There have long been disputes over the role of Congress and the president in waging military action.

U.S. Air Force Salute

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