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February 1, 2017

France
How Powerful Is France’s President?

The winner of the presidential election this spring will heavily influence how France approaches foreign and domestic issues, including its future with the European Union.

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February 3, 2010

Russia
Russia’s Energy Disputes

Buoyed by high oil prices, Russia finds itself embroiled in a number of disputes with foreign firms looking to tap its underdeveloped oil fields and with its neighbors that grew used to subsidized ga…

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.

March 30, 2009

Afghanistan
Iran and the Future of Afghanistan

U.S. and Western military officials are calling on Iran to help stabilize Afghanistan, but historic tensions and allegations of arming militants raise doubts about Tehran’s intent.

January 21, 2009

United States
Judging Guantanamo: The Court, Congress, and the White House

The Bush administration’s approach to the detention and prosecution of prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has been deemed unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court. But the battle continues.

March 14, 2008

Japan
Strained Ties between China and Japan

Despite their deep economic ties, animosity between China and Japan periodically resurfaces over territorial, historical, and economic disputes.

March 11, 2008

Democracy
What are Iraq’s Benchmarks?

The U.S. government has set a number of benchmarks on security, economic performance, and governance for the Iraqi government to determine progress.

March 3, 2008

Defense and Security
Iran’s Involvement in Iraq

Iran’s influence in Iraq is the subject of enormous speculation. The United States is taking steps to counter that influence.

February 22, 2008

Iraq
Why Iraqis Cannot Agree on an Oil Law

The division of Iraq’s oil wealth is an important obstacle to a power-sharing deal. At issue is whether revenues should be regionally or centrally controlled.

December 4, 2007

Iran
Intelligence on Iran Still Lacking

Iran’s alleged meddling in Iraq and Afghanistan and its defiance of orders to halt uranium enrichment have drawn sharp criticism from the west. Amid the rhetoric some analysts and policy makers conti…