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January 15, 2021

United States
A Unique Military Force: The U.S. National Guard

The National Guard is a special part of the U.S. military that answers to both state governors and the president. In some instances, how leaders have used the Guard has generated controversy, particu…

Members of the Connecticut National Guard survey flooded areas in Florida from a helicopter as part of the response to Hurricane Irma.

March 26, 2012

United States
Healthcare Costs and U.S. Competitiveness

Some analysts say healthcare costs hinder U.S. industry competitiveness in the global marketplace, but it’s unclear whether proposed health reforms will offer any cost relief.

September 1, 2009

Sub-Saharan Africa
The African Union

The African Union succeeded the old Organization for African Unity (OAU) in 2002. Since then, the new institution has struggled to reform governing bodies inherited from the OAU while shouldering cha…

June 30, 2009

United States
Human Rights Reporting and U.S. Foreign Policy

The U.S. State Department’s annual global rating of human rights performance antagonizes friend and foe alike. Many rights activists embrace the reports while some express doubts about their influenc…

October 16, 2007

Libya
How Libya Got Off the List

Libya, for years a thorn in the side of U.S. policymakers, has boosted its profile in recent years, renouncing terrorism and abandoning its WMD. In response, the U.S. State Department has removed Lib…

March 10, 2009

Central African Republic
Sudan, Chad, and the Central African Republic

The conflict in Sudan’s Darfur region increasingly threatens two neighboring countries—Chad and the Central African Republic. Here is a look at the major actors and how each country’s government has …

May 9, 2006

Peacekeeping
Darfur: Crisis Continues

Whatever the outcome of the current round of peace negotiations between Sudan’s government and rebel groups, the crisis in Darfur seems likely to drag on. Meanwhile, the UN Security Council is planni…

May 17, 2006

Japan
Japan and Its Military

Japan’s constitution forbids a traditional military, allowing only a narrowly defined Self Defense Force, or SDF. Some experts now see acceleration in the longstanding movement to modernize and stren…

August 24, 2005

Middle East and North Africa
TERROR: The Search for bin Laden

This publication is now archived. Are coalition forces closing in on Osama bin Laden?We don’t know. U.S. and Pakistani administration and military officials have announced stepped-up efforts to find …

March 19, 2007

Middle East and North Africa
MIDDLE EAST: Pivotal Issues

This publication is now archived. Why have Palestinian prisoners and the West Bank security fence become the central issues of the Arab-Israeli peace process?Neither issue is part of the so-called ro…