Since the end of the Cold War, the U.S. military has been given a challenging array of new assignments, including post-conflict peacekeeping operations and the mission of defeating international terrorism. Has America grown too dependent on the military to manage foreign affairs?
Will the numerically dominant Shiite majority be open to full political collaboration with the Sunni and Christian minorities? Or will the Shiites seek opportunities for dominance?
While American public attention has been focused elsewhere, U.S. engagement in Colombia has been steadily growing, as has the armed conflict there.
As conflict in Chechnya continues, civilian casualties have risen, rebel tactics and military abuses have escalated, and dialogue has stalled. A constitutional referendum on March 23, 2003 was timed to coincide with a limited withdrawal of Russian troops from Chechnya: USIP analyzed its aftermath.
As the situation in Iraq moves into the post-war phase, what needs to be done right away to stabilize the country, and who needs to do it?
Examines the Sudan peace process and the continued need for U.S. engagement in Africa.
Did the media play an active role in the creation of Yugoslav dictator Slobodan Milosevic and fan the flames of ethnic hatred that plunged the Balkans into a decade of bloody ethnic conflict? How can the international community foster independent media voices in situations of ethnic and religious conflict?
In the event of a war with Iraq, there will be a critical need to protect civilians and provide humanitarian assistance in a highly unstable environment.
The Hussein regime has exploited tensions between the diverse religious and ethnic communities within Iraq for its own political gain. How have Saddam Hussein's policies affected relations between Kurds, Sunni and Shi'a Muslims, and other religious and ethnic groups within Iraq?
What are the possible consequences of a prolonged political deadlock in Zimbabwe? Are there viable options open to the international community to address the current humanitarian, economic, and political crisis there?