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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.

October 4, 2005

Iraq
How will Iraq’s October 15 referendum work?

This publication is now archived. IntroductionOn October 15, Iraqis go to the polls to vote in a referendum on the country’s draft constitution. The ballot will feature one question: “Do you approve …

June 6, 2007

Religion
Religious Conversion and Sharia Law

A Malaysian court’s ruling against a Muslim convert to Christianity highlights the difficulties of blending sharia law with modern legal frameworks.

May 25, 2006

Iraq
Beyond Security: Challenges for Iraq’s New Government

Iraq’s first permanent government faces a host of challenges in the months ahead, from fighting corruption to supplying water and electricity to amending Iraq’s constitution.

January 27, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: The Bremer Edicts

This publication is now archived. Does the new martial law policy solidify Iraqi control of the country?Not entirely. The new security measures Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi announced July 6 give …

February 2, 2006

Iraq
Forming a New Iraqi Government

This publication is now archived. IntroductionThe December 15 elections in Iraq for a four-year, 275-member parliament were, for the most, successful, say Iraq’s leaders. Voter turnout, particularly …

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…

December 7, 2005

Elections and Voting
Iraq’s Parliamentary Elections: An Explainer

This publication is now archived. IntroductionThe December 15 elections will mark the first time in post-Saddam Iraq when voters will decide the permanent makeup of their government. At stake is the …

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.

March 11, 2008

Democracy
What are Iraq’s Benchmarks?

The U.S. government has set a number of benchmarks on security, economic performance, and governance for the Iraqi government to determine progress.