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May 6, 2019

Defense and Security
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards

Conceived as the principal defenders of the 1979 revolution, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has evolved into an institution with vast political, economic, and military power.

Members of the Revolutionary Guards attend a parliamentary session in Tehran.

March 13, 2014

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
Sarin

Sarin, one of the world’s most lethal chemical weapons, has long been stockpiled but is rarely used by states or terrorists. Allegations of attacks on civilians in Syria, if substantiated, would repr…

German researchers inspect a dummy sample contaminated with a substance similar to sarin

June 6, 2012

Pakistan
al-Qaeda (a.k.a. al-Qaida, al-Qa’ida)

A profile of the international terrorist network that the United States has singled out as the most serious threat to U.S. security.

October 7, 2010

Sudan
Sudan’s Fractured Internal Politics

Experts say instability in south Sudan should be looked at in tandem with the crisis in Darfur, and some call for addressing Sudan’s problems in a more unified way to help forestall an escalation of …

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.

December 4, 2007

Iran
Intelligence on Iran Still Lacking

Iran’s alleged meddling in Iraq and Afghanistan and its defiance of orders to halt uranium enrichment have drawn sharp criticism from the west. Amid the rhetoric some analysts and policy makers conti…

July 11, 2007

Wars and Conflict
What Model Should Iraq Follow after U.S. Forces Withdraw?

Experts point to a number of postwar models, from Bosnia to Vietnam to South Korea, for Iraq to follow once U.S. forces leave.

March 9, 2007

Iran
Timeline: U.S.-Iran Contacts

Since cutting ties in 1979, U.S.-Iran dialogue has been sparse and largely fruitless.

October 13, 2006

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
The Impact of North Korea’s Nuclear Test on Iran Crisis

North Korea’s nuclear test may further damage nonproliferation efforts, as well as complicate ongoing negotiations with Iran to suspend its nuclear program. Much will depend on the response from Mosc…

June 16, 2006

Religion
Shia Muslims in the Mideast

Backgrounder: Some experts say a "Shiite crescent" holds the potential to transform Islamic politics in the coming years.