Asia Program Meetings

Iraq Troop Levels Again At Issue

Iraq Troop Levels Again At Issue

Stretching back to Vietnam, the number of U.S. forces deployed in combat has played heavily in American politics. As U.S. casualties in Iraq continue to climb, troop levels again have become a hot-button electoral issue. 

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The Terror War and Remembrance

The Terror War and Remembrance

U.S. leaders mark the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks with muted tributes and vows to keep pressure on Islamic militants. The American public is mixed on how effective U.S. counterterror efforts have been since 2001.

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Hugo Chavez’s World Tour

Author: Stephanie Hanson

In a recent world tourstops included Belarus, Russia, and IranVenezuelan President Hugo Chavez attempted to expand his influence beyond Latin America and capitalize on the leverage afforded by his oil riches.

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Postscript: Congo’s Elections

Author: Stephanie Hanson

On July 30, the Democratic Republic of the Congo will hold its first multiparty presidential and parliamentary elections in four decades. Many hope this will be the country’s first fully democratic election, but a host of challenges—including infrastructure, security, and communication—have experts hoping the Congolese people will merely accept the election’s results.

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NATO Takes On Afghan Security

Author: Esther Pan

As NATO prepares to take over military operations in southern Afghanistan from U.S. forces, the Taliban's increasingly bold attacks are straining the political and security framework of the country.

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Iraq Timetable Debate Resurfaces

Iraq Timetable Debate Resurfaces

Partisan maneuvering in both houses of the U.S. Congress dominated debates over Iraq, with Senate Democrats this week poised to propose a measure on "phased redeployment" of U.S. troops.

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Mead: Timing of Troop Withdrawal from Iraq Looms Large in Blair, Bush Meeting

Walter Russell Mead interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

Walter Russell Mead, CFR's senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy, says that when British Prime Minister Tony Blair meets with President Bush on Thursday, the timing of allied troop withdrawals will probably loom large in the conversation. "I wouldn't be surprised if we started to hear some things, slightly better news, about the chance for troop withdrawals to begin at some point," says Mead, an expert on U.S. foreign policy.

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