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June 16, 2017

Middle East and North Africa
Modern Sunni-Shia Tensions

Iran’s Islamic revolution, which brought Shias to power in 1979, and the Sunni backlash have fueled a competition for regional dominance. This timeline highlights Sunni-Shia tensions in recent decade…

May 1, 2017

Heads of State and Government
Leaders Facing Justice

Since 1945, many regime leaders and key figures have been brought before domestic and international courts to answer to charges including genocide, corruption, and crimes against humanity, amid a lar…

May 1, 2017

Iraq
The Iraq War

In March 2003, U.S. forces invaded Iraq vowing to destroy Iraqi weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and end the dictatorial rule of Saddam Hussein. When WMD intelligence proved illusory and a violent i…

May 1, 2017

Border and Port Security
U.S.-Mexico Relations

After Mexican independence in 1810, Mexico and the United States had numerous territorial disputes. Political upheaval in Mexico and economic opportunity across the border spurred migration to the Un…

May 1, 2017

Somalia
Al-Shabab

The Somalia-based Islamist insurgent group al-Shabab has proved resilient, committing brazen terrorist attacks at home and abroad, despite strategic setbacks in recent years.

May 1, 2017

United States
U.S.-Russia Nuclear Arms Control

The nuclear arms race was one of the most alarming features of the Cold War superpower competition between the United States and Soviet Union. Both sides rapidly expanded their nuclear stockpiles, bu…

May 1, 2017

Venezuela
Venezuela's Chavez Era

Hugo Chávez assumed Venezuela's presidency in 1999 on a populist platform. But critics say three terms under his "socialist revolution" have made the country increasingly resemble an authoritarian st…

April 27, 2017

Japan
Last Days of Imperial Japan

Japan experienced unparalleled destruction by U.S. military forces during World War II, resulting in its complete capitulation. Washington played a decisive role in Tokyo’s postwar transition and rec…