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February 3, 2005

Sub-Saharan Africa
AFRICA: Terror Havens

This publication is now archived. Which states in Africa are terrorist havens?Experts say many nations on the continent bear watching as current or potential havens for international terrorists. A fa…

February 4, 2005

Liberia
LIBERIA: Status Report

This publication is now archived. What is the current situation in Liberia?Gyude Bryant was sworn in October 14 as chairman of the new transitional government. Bryant replaced interim president Moses…

January 27, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Al-Sadr’s Political Ambitions

This publication is now archived. Is Muqtada al-Sadr serious about entering Iraqi politics?Nothing is certain, but the rebellious Shiite cleric has vowed to disarm his militia, the Mahdi Army, and en…

October 18, 2005

Trade
What are the main issues in the debate over CAFTA?

This publication is now archived. What are the main issues in the debate over CAFTA?The Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), currently under consideration in the U.S. Congress, would create…

September 30, 2005

Uzbekistan
Severing of U.S.-Uzbek Ties Over Counterterrorism

This publication is now archived. Introduction Uzbekistan has officially announced it would end its cooperation with the United States on counterterrorism operations in Central Asia. Situated on Afgh…

September 9, 2005

Race and Ethnicity
IRAQ: Iraqi Leaders Voicing Anger at Arab Neighbors

This publication is now archived. IntroductionRelations between Iraq and its Arab neighbors have worsened in recent weeks, highlighted by Iraqi President Jalal Talabani’s September 5 criticism of Ara…

January 10, 2006

Russia
Energy’s Impact on EU-Russian Relations

This publication is now archived. IntroductionBeneath the Baltic Sea, a pipeline is being built between Russia and Germany. Slated for completion by 2010, the 744-mile Northern European Pipeline is a…

December 30, 2005

Palestinian Territories
Hamas’ Role in the Palestinian Elections

This publication is now archived. IntroductionHamas is expected to poll strongly in Palestinian parliamentary elections scheduled for January 25, 2006. Hamas, whose charter calls for the destruction …

February 3, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Democracy’s Prospects in Iraq

This publication is now archived. What are the prospects for democratic transformationMany experts say Iraq will have some form of elected government within 18 months. That relatively quick timetable…

February 3, 2005

Religion
MIDDLE EAST: Islam and Democracy

This publication is now archived. Is Islam compatible with democracy?It can be. Millions of the world’s 1.4 billion Muslims live in democracies, ample proof that there is no inherent discord between …