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May 6, 2005

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
Iran: Nuclear Developments

This publication is now archived. What are the latest developments with Iran’s nuclear program?On August 8, Iran announced it would resume uranium-conversion activities at its Isfahan reactor, which …

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…

March 11, 2016

Americas
This Week in Markets and Democracy: Nike’s Bribes in Kenya, Elections in Benin and Niger, and Women’s Anticorruption Role

Nike Bribes, Will the United States Prosecute? Bank records and emails show Nike paid a $500,000 “commitment bonus” to Kenya’s athletics federation, and hundreds of thousands more in “honoraria.” Th…

A policeman is seen outside the gates of Riadha House the Athletic Kenya (AK) Headquarters during a protest in capital Nairobi November 23, 2015. Dozens of Kenyan athletes stormed the athletics federation headquarters in Nairobi on Monday, locking out officials and demanding that top Athletics Kenya (AK) bosses step down following allegations of graft and doping cover-ups (Reuters/Noor Khamis).

March 9, 2007

Iran
Timeline: U.S.-Iran Contacts

Since cutting ties in 1979, U.S.-Iran dialogue has been sparse and largely fruitless.

May 29, 2007

Iraq
A National ID Program for Iraq?

Some U.S. analysts recommend a national ID database with biometric cards to identify insurgents in Iraq, but the proposal faces resistance from the U.S. military.

May 2, 2007

Congresses and Parliaments
Should Members of Congress Conduct U.S. Foreign Policy Abroad?

A recent trip to Syria by the Speaker of the House has set off a debate over the role of legislators in conducting foreign policy.

April 13, 2007

Aging, Youth Bulges, and Population
The Effects of ‘Youth Bulge’ on Civil Conflicts

The presence of idle and unemployed young people in the developing world, or so-called “youth bulge,” is emerging as a catalyst for internal violence.

January 5, 2007

Democracy
Impediments to National Reconciliation in Iraq

A cessation to the violence in Iraq cannot come about without some kind of national reconciliation between the country’s warring factions. But previous reconciliation efforts by Shiite leaders have f…

November 14, 2006

Wars and Conflict
Iraq’s Post-Saddam Insurgency

With Saddam sentenced to death, experts say Sunni insurgents will fight on in an effort to rid Iraq of U.S. forces and avoid Shiite political dominance.

May 26, 2006

Defense and Security
Iraq Security: Limping Forward

With a new government in place, security concerns will dominate the Iraqi leaders’ agenda. Reforming the country’s decrepit police force will be paramount if Iraq is to end its cycle of violence.