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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 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 …

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…

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 22, 2007

Homeland Security
Fusion Centers

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

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 …

October 18, 2007

Global
Oil Prices

While some experts fault demand increases for record-high oil prices, others say production and market issues reflect price hikes are more complicated.

October 18, 2007

Energy and Climate Policy
Global Oil Trends

Political volatility among the world’s leading oil producers suggests deeper causes for recent price spikes.

January 25, 2008

Russia
G8’s Gradual Move toward Post-Kyoto Climate Change Policy

G8 members offer a mixed picture on meeting Kyoto Protocol targets. The United States continues to refuse ratification.

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.