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February 7, 2018

Nuclear Weapons
U.S. Nuclear Weapons Modernization

U.S. strategic and tactical nuclear weapons on land, in the air, and at sea, will undergo costly and extensive modernization in the coming years.

Ian Dudley/Reuters

July 11, 2012

Financial Markets
The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision

Controversies over too-big-to-fail financial institutions continue to mount. The Basel Accords represent the latest effort to ease risk and restore confidence, as this Backgrounder explains.

February 1, 2017

France
How Powerful Is France’s President?

The winner of the presidential election this spring will heavily influence how France approaches foreign and domestic issues, including its future with the European Union.

November 9, 2011

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Closing Guantanamo?

President Obama vowed in January 2009 to close the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay. Two years later, the White House continues to face challenges to that promise, leaving critics to suggest the facilit…

September 17, 2009

United States
National Missile Defense: A Status Report

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…

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 …

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…

January 21, 2009

United States
Judging Guantanamo: The Court, Congress, and the White House

The Bush administration’s approach to the detention and prosecution of prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has been deemed unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court. But the battle continues.

February 16, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Interim Authority

This publication is now archived. What’s the status of Iraqi self-rule?Ultimate authority in Iraq will remain with the U.S.-led coalition government until Iraqi elections are held, according to the l…

October 5, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
Can Malaria Be Eradicated?

A leading killer among diseases is now targeted for eradication by the middle of this century. Efforts to combat malaria are costly and challenging.

A child is given an injection as part of a malaria vaccine trial at a clinic in Kilifi, Kenya.