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January 12, 2021

State and Local Governments
How COVID-19 Is Harming State and City Budgets

The coronavirus pandemic is placing enormous budget pressure on state and local governments, threatening deep and potentially lasting cuts to education, infrastructure, and other important investment…

Four people wait in line at an unemployment in Fayetteville, Arkansas, after losing their jobs due to the coronavirus outbreak.

November 4, 2020

Climate Change
Global Climate Agreements: Successes and Failures

International efforts, such as the Paris Agreement, aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But experts say countries aren’t doing enough to limit dangerous global warming.

Muddy waters nearly submerge lines of cars during a flood in Colorado, United States.

August 24, 2020

United States
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 …

A person stands, back to the camera, in front of piles and rubbles and a house. The sky is pink and purple from the setting sun.

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 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.

January 4, 2007

United States
110th Congress—Defense Spending Issue Looms

The debate over defense spending will be more contentious than usual as the annual budget process ramps up in Washington.

August 22, 2006

Lebanon
Multiethnic Armies and National Unity

Multiethnic armies like the Lebanese, Iraqi, and Afghan national forces face enormous challenges as they attempt to become viable forces. Historically, successes in unifying a military force often ha…

March 16, 2006

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Terrorist Groups and Political Legitimacy

Terrorist groups can never change their stripes, or so politicians regularly remind their citizens. Yet history begs to differ.