January 1, 2006
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How many letters containing anthrax were sent out in the 2001 attacks?FBI investigators believe four letters were sent. Contaminated letters sent to the New York Pos…
March 16, 2006
Terrorist groups can never change their stripes, or so politicians regularly remind their citizens. Yet history begs to differ.
February 22, 2007
Backgrounder: The latest U.S. surge coincides with a drawdown of British forces. The dwindling coalition may hinder U.S. efforts to secure Iraq.
March 11, 2008
The U.S. government has set a number of benchmarks on security, economic performance, and governance for the Iraqi government to determine progress.
May 16, 2008
The anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, virtually unknown before the collapse of Saddam Hussein’s government, has leveraged his family name to become one of the most influential Shiite leaders in m…
June 9, 2008
As Zimbabwe’s economic crisis has deepened, President Robert Mugabe has ceded significant power to the country’s security forces.
November 11, 2008
Sen. Barack Obama’s foreign policy team includes former State Department veterans and newcomers from academia who seek to reinvigorate U.S. diplomacy.
September 17, 2009
The United States has pursued missile defense technologies for six decades, with mixed results. Changes under the Obama administration, including adjustments to planned defenses in Europe, could port…
June 24, 2010
The G20 meetings in Toronto will be marked by competing agendas on global growth and financial regulations. This Backgrounder looks at the range of policy concerns.
October 27, 2010
The economic climate and border security concerns have fueled the immigration debate in the U.S. congressional elections. This Backgrounder examines races where immigration is playing a role and the …