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August 24, 2022

Health
What Does the CDC Do?

The federal agency has a broad mandate to protect Americans’ health and an expansive global reach. But the COVID-19 pandemic has been one of its most daunting challenges.

The CDC’s Emergency Operations Center is reflected in the glass of a room where staff meet to discuss the Ebola crisis in October 2014.

July 14, 2022

India
India’s Muslims: An Increasingly Marginalized Population

India’s Muslim communities have faced decades of discrimination, which experts say has worsened under the Hindu nationalist BJP’s government.

Muslim women in India hold signs during a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act.

March 9, 2022

Oil and Petroleum Products
OPEC in a Changing World

Western leaders have long criticized OPEC’s power to raise oil prices, and the bloc continues to influence the global market even as U.S. oil production has soared and alternative energies have come …

OPEC

February 9, 2022

Canada
What Is Canada’s Immigration Policy?

With its comparatively open and well-regulated immigration system, Canada has become a top destination for immigrants and refugees.

New Canadians wave the national flag during a citizenship ceremony in Toronto.

January 15, 2021

United States
A Unique Military Force: The U.S. National Guard

The National Guard is a special part of the U.S. military that answers to both state governors and the president. In some instances, how leaders have used the Guard has generated controversy, particu…

Members of the Connecticut National Guard survey flooded areas in Florida from a helicopter as part of the response to Hurricane Irma.

June 23, 2021

China
The Chinese Communist Party

The Chinese Communist Party faces a host of domestic and international challenges as it aims to bolster China’s great-power status.

Xi Jinping stands before delegates at the closing session of the nineteenth National Congress of the Communist Party of China.

March 2, 2020

Afghanistan
U.S.-Taliban Peace Deal: What to Know

The United States and the Taliban signed an agreement aimed at ending the eighteen-year war in Afghanistan, but many factors could still disrupt the peace process.

Several U.S. soldiers stand in a pit on a mountain fortified with sandbags and guns in Afghanistan.

November 18, 2005

Venezuela
U.S.-Venezuelan Relations

This publication is now archived. What recent developments have upset U.S.-Venezuelan relations?Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez made headlines at the November Summit of the Americas by helping to un…

November 18, 2005

Religion
Does the Muslim Brotherhood Have Ties to Terrorism?

This publication is now archived. Does the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Have Ties to Terrorism?It’s unclear. A widespread Islamist organization founded in 1928, the Brotherhood seeks to Islamize socie…

March 22, 2007

Nigeria
Security in Nigeria

Backgrounder: Ongoing sectarian troubles and corruption threaten Nigeria’s future security.