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July 4, 2014

Taliban
The Taliban in Afghanistan

Though toppled from power in 2001, the Taliban regrouped to resist the U.S.-led occupation of Afghanistan. As international forces draw down, the insurgency remains resilient.

Policemen gather around a shopping mall after a Taliban attack in January 2010.

September 23, 2010

United States
Foreign Policy and the 2010 Midterm Elections: Trade

With U.S. economic recovery still slow, trade policy looms as a factor in the congressional midterm races. This Backgrounder explores the consequences for trade based on the outcome of the Democratic…

December 10, 2008

Afghanistan
Saudi Arabia and the Future of Afghanistan

U.S. experts say any new approach to bringing stability to Afghanistan must be regional in scope. Saudi Arabia, with historic ties to the Taliban and Afghan Pashtuns, could hold a principle seat at t…

November 21, 2006

Global
The Campaign to Ban Cluster Bombs

A global push is underway to ban cluster bombs after their use in the Israeli-Hezbollah conflict, as well as in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kosovo, has left hundreds of noncombatants maimed or dead.

January 27, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Reconstruction

This publication is now archived. What’s the status of Iraqi reconstruction?It’s advancing slowly. The U.S.-led coalition in Iraq can cite some progress as it tries to restore basic services and brin…

February 21, 2006

Mexico
U.S.-Mexico Border Woes

As U.S. public opinion increasingly favors stronger immigration controls, the Senate considers a bill that would impose harsh penalties on illegal immigrants. The U.S.-Mexican relationship has suffer…

October 25, 2005

United States
American deaths in Iraq at 2,000: Milestone or ‘Irrelevant’?

This publication is now archived. Reaching 2,000In military terms, flag rank officers, defense analysts, and many pundits tend to agree that the “2,000 death milestone” for U.S. military personnel in…