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June 30, 2015

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
Avian Influenza

A recent avian flu outbreak in the United States has forced agriculture officials to destroy tens of millions of birds and has cost hundreds of millions of dollars. These are the public health and fo…

Chickens are seen in a truck at a poultry market in Mumbai, India.

June 10, 2015

Fossil Fuels
Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking)

Hydraulic fracturing has unlocked huge reserves of shale gas and oil, transforming the energy outlook in the United States and the world, even as local opposition and falling world prices threaten th…

Shale gas fracking facility

October 9, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
AGOA: The U.S.-Africa Trade Program

AGOA is the cornerstone of the U.S.-Africa trade relationship, but declining support has called the program’s value into question.

A worker at an export processing zone (EPZ) factory in Athi River, Kenya.

August 28, 2014

Americas
The U.S. Child Migrant Influx

Tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors, mostly from Central America, are arriving in the United States illegally, adding severe stress to an immigration system already in need of a major overhaul…

Detainees sleep in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in Brownsville, Texas.

March 12, 2009

France
French Military Strategy and NATO Reintegration

France’s move to rejoin NATO’s integrated military command structure reflects a shift in French strategic thinking about new reliance on allies and diminished projection of unilateral power abroad.

October 21, 2014

Middle East and North Africa
The Arab League

Founded as a loose confederation of states in 1945, the Arab League has struggled to overcome dysfunction and disunity among its members.

Arab-League-Headquarter

September 30, 2014

Energy and Climate Policy
U.S. Energy Exports

Calls for lifting U.S. controls on energy exports are mounting as production nears a forty-five-year high.

An oil rig in North Dakota.

October 26, 2006

Wars and Conflict
Modern Military Force Structures

Classic military unit groupings differ greatly in their specialization and size, and from country to country. Here is a basic look at how modern ground, naval, and air units break down in terms of si…

October 26, 2007

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
U.S. Army Force Restructuring, “Modularity,” and Iraq

The U.S. Army is reorganizing to create smaller, more mobile units without sacrificing firepower. Some experts, however, wonder whether that aim addresses the lessons of Iraq.

July 24, 2006

Middle East and North Africa
Multilateral Intervention in the Middle East: An Uninspiring Legacy

Efforts to stabilize and pacify the Middle East conflict with UN and multinational peacekeeping forces have proven difficult—if not impossible. A look at the history of such efforts.