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August 15, 2018

Disasters
U.S. Disaster Relief at Home and Abroad

The U.S. government responds to scores of disasters each year, coordinating closely with state, local, and foreign partners. However, more frequent and severe storms, fires, and floods are straining …

Loren Elliott/Reuters

July 19, 2018

North Korea
North Korea’s Power Structure

In North Korea, all authority flows from Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un. He has reinstated the party as the central hub to consolidate his power and bring elites to heel.

Pedestrians walk past portraits of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il.

August 2, 2006

Lebanon
Defining Victory: The Differing Goals of Israel and Hezbollah

As the fighting between Israel and Lebanon escalates into its third week, each side has its own definition of victory and its own plan for emerging from the crisis. Some experts say Hezbollah already…

January 26, 2006

Elections and Voting
Implications of the Palestinian Elections

This publication is now archived. IntroductionHamas’ surprise victory over Fatah in January 25 legislative elections raises many questions for the future of the Middle East. Experts are still trying …

October 4, 2005

Israel
MIDDLE EAST: Reorganizing the Palestinian Security Forces

This publication is now archived. What is the status of Palestinian security service reform?The top priority for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is consolidating the Palestinian Securit…

August 8, 2005

Palestinian Territories
MIDDLE EAST: The Gaza Withdrawal

This publication is now archived. Is Israel’s withdrawal of settlers complete?Nearly. Israeli soldiers removed the last Jewish settlers and protesters from the Gaza Strip August 22 and have moved on …

February 2, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Military Outsourcing

This publication is now archived. What is military outsourcing?The process of contracting out to private companies tasks that used to be performed by members of the uniformed military. The assignment…

February 17, 2005

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
TERROR: Military Tribunals

This publication is now archived. When will the military tribunals for Guantanamo Bay detainees begin?It’s unclear. The United States on February 24 charged two suspects, Ibrahim Ahmed Mahmoud al-Qos…

February 2, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: U.S. Troop Rotation

This publication is now archived. How many soldiers are involved in the U.S.Approximately 130,000 U.S. combat troops will leave Iraq in the next four months after deployments of up to one year. They …

February 16, 2005

Iran
IRAN: Curtailing the Nuclear Program

This publication is now archived. What’s being done to curtail Iran’s nuclear program?The International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA) has broadened its inspections program in Iran after growing ev…