July 18, 2006
The relationship between Syria and Iran is receiving new scrutiny as an Israeli offensive against Lebanon—sparked by an attack on Israeli soldiers by the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, which is s…
December 11, 2006
Attacks on U.S. chemical facilities have the potential to affect thousands, possibly millions of people, yet many of them remain poorly secured. Legislation to improve security standards has been wat…
June 9, 2006
The death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Iraq’s most wanted man, is an important event but one unlikely to affect the insurgency greatly.
August 31, 2006
As American influence in Iraq wanes, Arab, Turkish, and Iranian influence over Baghdad will invariably rise.
December 15, 2006
President Bush’s review of U.S. Iraq policy may involve adjustments to broader U.S. strategy in the Mideast. Bush is hearing proposals ranging from a boost in combat forces to engaging Iran and Syria…
November 11, 2008
Sen. Barack Obama’s foreign policy team includes former State Department veterans and newcomers from academia who seek to reinvigorate U.S. diplomacy.
April 8, 2009
As the Obama administration finalizes its first defense budget, analysts say near-term growth will be followed by lean spending amid the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.
May 6, 2005
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What are the latest developments with Iran’s nuclear program?On August 8, Iran announced it would resume uranium-conversion activities at its Isfahan reactor, which …
October 7, 2010
Experts say instability in south Sudan should be looked at in tandem with the crisis in Darfur, and some call for addressing Sudan’s problems in a more unified way to help forestall an escalation of …
October 18, 2010
With U.S. unemployment and high debt threatening Americans at home and U.S. power abroad, this Backgrounder looks at congressional candidates’ difficulty in articulating policies that balance job cre…