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May 27, 2010

Global Governance
Fifteen Nuclear Agendas to Watch

The Review Conference of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty gets underway amid new concerns about Iran and North Korea and disputes between nuclear haves and have-nots. Fifteen countries will play a…

March 10, 2010

Iran
Iran’s Nuclear Program

Iran’s nuclear program is believed to have steadily progressed, despite sharply increased concerns over its intentions and sanctions over its lack of transparency.

January 27, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Training Iraqi Forces

This publication is now archived. How many Iraqi troops are fully trained?Some 40,000 Iraqi security force members “can go anywhere in the country and take on almost any threat,” General Richard B. M…

September 29, 2005

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Perceptions of U.S. Public Diplomacy

This publication is now archived. Introduction One of the most commonly heard questions after the events of September 11 was: “Why do they hate us?” Four years later, anti-Americanism, particul…

November 4, 2008

Politics and Government
Presidential Transitions and Foreign Policy

The handoff of foreign policy responsibility from one U.S. presidential administration to another has proven risky in many cases. The next transition occurs at a time of extraordinary global challeng…

February 2, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: The Sovereignty Issue

This publication is now archived. How much authority can Iraq’s interim government exercise?President Bush said May 24 that the interim Iraqi government taking over for U.S-led occupying authorities …

February 2, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: The Changing Plan

This publication is now archived. Will Iraq’s transitional government be elected?We don’t know. The issue is at the center of a dispute that has emerged over the Bush administration’s new plan to ret…

February 16, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Sunni and Shiite Unrest

This publication is now archived. What is the status of efforts to stop the Iraqi insurgency?At least two sets of negotiations aimed at stemming the anti-coalition attacks are under way. In the Shiit…

March 9, 2010

Monetary Policy
The Stimulus Report Card

The Obama administration says its 2009 stimulus package saved jobs and boosted growth, but Republicans and some economists worry it dampened consumer and business spending and added to long-term debt.

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.