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May 2, 2006

Iraq
Iraq’s Press: A Status Report

Kidnappings and deaths among the corps of international journalists covering the Iraq war occur with grim regularity. Yet the conditions facing native Iraqi journalists—both those working for Iraqi m…

August 21, 2006

Elections and Voting
Postscript: Congo’s Elections

On July 30, the Democratic Republic of the Congo will hold its first multiparty presidential and parliamentary elections in four decades. Many hope this will be the country’s first fully democratic e…

August 14, 2006

United States
Hugo Chavez’s World Tour

In a recent world tour—stops included Belarus, Russia, and Iran—Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez attempted to expand his influence beyond Latin America and capitalize on the leverage afforded by his …

December 6, 2006

Iraq
The Baker-Hamilton Commission (aka Iraq Study Group)

As the much-discussed Iraq Study Group gears up to give its final report to Congress, there is a flurry of speculation over what its recommendations will include. Here is an inside look at the so-cal…

February 13, 2008

Sub-Saharan Africa
President Bush Travels to Africa

President Bush’s five-country trip to Africa is organized to showcase his policy successes on the continent.

February 22, 2007

Homeland Security
Fusion Centers

Backgrounder: State and local governments are ramping up their own intelligence efforts, using fusion centers to funnel information.

September 16, 2008

Political History and Theory
Foreign Policy and Political Nominating Conventions

U.S. political conventions offer the parties a place to unite around presidential candidates and a vision for foreign and domestic policy.

George W. Bush Nomination 2004

April 12, 2007

Nigeria
Nigeria’s Creaky Political System

Nigeria has made progress since its return to democracy in 1999. But a political system crippled by corruption and dogged by ethnic tensions threatens to derail the country from its path toward good …

June 24, 2010

International Organizations
The G20’s Twenty Agendas

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.

August 19, 2010

Afghanistan
Afghanistan’s National Security Forces

The growth and strengthening of Afghanistan’s domestic security forces is seen as key to an eventual U.S. exit, but some analysts caution that progress will remain slow.