In CSIS's short analysis series, Critical Questions, CSIS experts provide quick answers to the essential questions posed by today’s top international events. For more information, please contact Andrew Schwartz at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 775-32421.
- Critical QuestionsJun 3, 2010
On May 31, Israeli commandos raided the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara in international waters resulting in the death of at least nine passengers and the temporary detention of several hundred others who were seeking to break Israel’s blockade of Hamas-controlled Gaza. The raid and its aftermath seriously threaten Israeli-Turkish relations, complicate U.S.
- Critical QuestionsJun 2, 2010
Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and Ichiro Ozawa, the secretary general of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), resigned today just nine months after ousting the once dominant Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) from power in a landslide election victory last summer.
- Critical QuestionsJun 1, 2010
Third in a series of Critical Questions on the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and the Gulf oil spill.
Q1: What is the status of BP’s latest attempt to cap the Gulf oil well?
- Critical QuestionsBy Robert D. Lamb, Mehlaqa Samdani, Justine FleischnerMay 27, 2010
On June 2, Afghan president Hamid Karzai will convene a three-day national jirga—a traditional Pashtun mechanism for resolving disputes, familiar to ethnic groups across Afghanistan—to discuss prospects for negotiations and reconciliation with the Taliban.
- Critical QuestionsBy Victor ChaMay 25, 2010
At 9:22 p.m. on March 26, the ROK Navy corvette Cheonan sank in the Yellow Sea just south of the disputed Northern Limit Line near Baengnyeong Island after an explosion in the ship’s stern ripped it in two. Of the 104 South Korean sailors on board, 58 were rescued; 46 are dead or remain missing.
- Critical QuestionsMay 25, 2010
Q1: What’s the latest?
- Critical QuestionsMay 18, 2010
Q1: Was Iran’s recent offer to send its stockpiles of low-enriched uranium (LEU) to Turkey an effort to avoid new sanctions?
- Critical QuestionsBy Peter DeShazoMay 17, 2010
Q1: Felipe Calderón, president of Mexico, will travel to Washington, D.C., May 19–20 on a state visit. What is the purpose of the visit? How important is it?
- Critical QuestionsMay 17, 2010
Near-term hopes for reconciliation in Thailand exploded as a sniper’s bullet tore through the forehead of a former major general in the Thai army while he gave an interview to the International Herald Tribune on May 13. That gut-wrenching moment is an analogy for the political crisis that is sending Thailand into the political equivalent of the unknown.
- Critical QuestionsMay 11, 2010
In what history will record as a significant step for Philippine democracy, over 75 percent of the 51 million registered Filipino voters went to the polls to elect a new president, vice president, half of their 24-seat Senate, the entire House of Representatives, and 17,000 other local officials around the country.