March 11, 2020
Since its ouster in 2001, the Taliban has maintained its insurgency against the U.S.-led mission in Afghanistan and the Afghan government. A new U.S.-Taliban deal could pave the way for the group’s r…
January 10, 2020
Al-Shabab remains capable of carrying out massive attacks in Somalia and surrounding countries despite a long-running African Union offensive against the Islamist group.
October 29, 2019
A growing number of countries are legalizing same-sex marriage amid a steady advance in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights, but opposition remains strong in many countries.
July 11, 2012
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.
December 12, 2012
While congressional action lags, a series of year-end fiscal measures could derail the U.S. recovery.
October 27, 2010
The economic climate and border security concerns have fueled the immigration debate in the U.S. congressional elections. This Backgrounder examines races where immigration is playing a role and the …
February 21, 2006
A United Arab Emirates-owned company is set to take control of terminals in six major U.S. ports, raising questions about security.
July 16, 2009
As the United States looks to reform its health care system and expand access to the uninsured, countries that have moved toward universal health care may offer lessons.
December 4, 2009
The UN conference on climate change that begins December 7 in Copenhagen is supposed to produce new targets for emissions reductions, but experts say major countries are at odds on the ultimate goal …
September 16, 2008
U.S. political conventions offer the parties a place to unite around presidential candidates and a vision for foreign and domestic policy.