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September 9, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
The Role of Egyptians in the 9/11 Attacks Still Reverberates Today

Members of Egypt’s jihadi movement played important roles in inspiring and plotting the 9/11 attacks. Egypt still struggles with some of the factors that gave rise to such extremism.

August 24, 2021

Monetary Policy
Fed Excitement Mounts: Waiting for Jackson Hole

Higher inflation has sparked a fierce debate among economists and generated enormous interest in the Fed’s response, which has far-reaching implications for the U.S. and global economies.

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell testifies before a U.S. Senate panel in July 2021.

July 14, 2021

Americas
The Assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise: What to Know

The murder of Haiti’s embattled president stands to deepen the country’s political, economic, and humanitarian crisis.

June 11, 2021

United States
How Much Is Too Much? The U.S. Inflation Debate Heats Up

Some experts are sounding the alarm over rising inflation in the United States, despite assurances from the Federal Reserve. Here’s what to know.

April 14, 2021

Afghanistan
Biden’s 9/11 Withdrawal From Afghanistan: What to Know

A complete U.S. military withdrawal by September 11, 2021, could allow the Taliban to take over much of Afghanistan.

March 25, 2021

Europe and Eurasia
Armenia’s Postwar Crisis: What to Know

Armenia has been riven by disputes over its leadership since its military defeat by Azerbaijan last fall. Newly called elections are unlikely to reconcile the divisions in Armenian society caused by …

February 18, 2021

United States
Can the State Department Bring More Diversity to the U.S. Diplomatic Corps?

President Biden has vowed to diversify the top ranks of government agencies. The small and shrinking number of senior Black diplomats, in particular, could undermine U.S. foreign policy goals.

February 9, 2021

Digital Policy
Social Media and Online Speech: How Should Countries Regulate Tech Giants?

Social media has been blamed for spreading disinformation and contributing to violence around the world. What are companies and governments doing about it?

February 9, 2021

Afghanistan
U.S. Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan: What Are Biden’s Options?

U.S. troops are supposed to leave by May 1, according to a U.S.-Taliban agreement. But a complete withdrawal could be disastrous.

January 26, 2021

COVID-19
What Is the Defense Production Act?

Presidents Trump and Biden have turned to the Defense Production Act to deal with a shortage of critical medical supplies during the coronavirus pandemic. What does the law do?