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August 3, 2006

Wars and Conflict
NATO and the Afghan-Pakistani Border

Taliban fighters have stepped up their attacks along the Afghan-Pakistani border as the United States hands over control of southern Afghanistan to NATO forces, freeing up American troops to try, onc…

September 22, 2005

Afghanistan
Post-Election Security in Afghanistan

This publication is now archived. What is the post-election security situation in Afghanistan?It is still generally unstable, experts say, despite a successful September 18 parliamentary poll, Afghan…

March 30, 2009

Afghanistan
Iran and the Future of Afghanistan

U.S. and Western military officials are calling on Iran to help stabilize Afghanistan, but historic tensions and allegations of arming militants raise doubts about Tehran’s intent.

July 1, 2020

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
What Is the Ebola Virus?

Endemic to the African tropics, the Ebola virus has killed thousands in recent years, putting the World Health Organization and major donor countries in the limelight as they’ve grappled with how to …

A health-care worker stands next to a cross during the funeral of a person suspected of dying of Ebola in Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo.

February 5, 2020

Ukraine
Ukraine: Conflict at the Crossroads of Europe and Russia

Ukraine has struggled to forge an independent path, torn between Europe and the United States in the West and its long-standing ties to Russia in the East.

An anti-government protester sits on a monument during clashes with riot police in Kyiv on February 20, 2014.

November 15, 2019

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
The End of Antibiotics?

Antibiotics are facing an existential crisis less than a century after their introduction. Increased bacterial resistance is putting the world at risk of an era in which routine infections are untreatable.

Amy Spoering, Director of Biological Research at the biotech NovoBiotic Pharmaceuticals, holds up a sample of the bacterium Eleftheria terrae, the basis for the promising new antibiotic Teixobactin, at NovoBiotic's labs in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

February 3, 2005

Middle East and North Africa
NATO: Keeping the Peace in Afghanistan

This publication is now archived. Can NATO keep the peace in Afghanistan? The United Nations Security Council unanimously agreed October 13 to allow the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO…

July 27, 2006

International Organizations
NATO Looks to Expand Mission and Membership

With talk of deploying NATO peacekeepers to patrol the Lebanese border, the alliance is tackling new challenges outside of Europewhile looking to recruit new members. Not everyone, however, supports …

November 6, 2006

United States
Examining Counterterrorism Culture

Counterterrorism agencies in the United States proudly point to the lack of a “second 9/11 attack” in response to critics of their methods. Here’s a look at the continuing debate over the proper orga…

February 2, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Military Outsourcing

This publication is now archived. What is military outsourcing?The process of contracting out to private companies tasks that used to be performed by members of the uniformed military. The assignment…