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February 4, 2005

Europe and Eurasia
EUROPE: European Defense Policy

This publication is now archived. What is at stake in the debate about a European defense force?The European Union (E.U.) is planning to create a mobile military force designed to be deployed quickly…

February 7, 2005

Pakistan
PAKISTAN: Threats to Musharraf’s Rule

This publication is now archived. How serious is the fundamentalist threat in Pakistan?Islamic fundamentalists, some of whom are believed to have targeted President Pervez Musharraf in two near-miss …

February 7, 2005

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
WMD: U.S. Interdiction

This publication is now archived. Is the new U.S. interdiction policy to stop WMD trafficking legal?Yes and no. It is legal for the United States and other willing nations to stop and search foreign …

February 7, 2005

Intelligence
INTELLIGENCE: National Intelligence Czar

This publication is now archived. Does the United States need a national intelligence czar?The 9/11 Commission report released July 22 recommends that Congress create a Cabinet-level post to oversee …

February 8, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Organizing the Elections

This publication is now archived. What are the organizational challenges of the January 30 Iraqi elections?The main one is the threat of violence from the ongoing insurgency. Against that background,…

February 8, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Iraq, Iran, and Islam

This publication is now archived. What role will Islam play in Iraq after the elections?It’s unclear. The Shiite political coalition expected to win a majority of seats in the January 30 elections is…

February 16, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: The Regime’s Debt

This publication is now archived. What is the status of the administration’s Iraq debt-reduction plan?Presidential envoy James A. Baker III, a former U.S. secretary of state, visited Japan and China …

February 16, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Insurgency Flare-up

This publication is now archived. Why has the Iraqi insurgency flared up again?It was never completely stamped out, experts say, and Sunni and Shiite insurgents have used anti-U.S. sentiment and disc…

February 16, 2005

Iran
IRAN: Curtailing the Nuclear Program

This publication is now archived. What’s being done to curtail Iran’s nuclear program?The International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA) has broadened its inspections program in Iran after growing ev…

February 16, 2005

Middle East and North Africa
MIDDLE EAST: The Assassination of Sheik Yassin

This publication is now archived. What’s the likely impact of the assassination of Sheik Ahmed Yassin?Experts say the March 22 killing of Yassin, the founder of the radical Palestinian movement Hamas…