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November 2, 2005

Trade
What to Expect from the Summit of the Americas

This publication is now archived. IntroductionU.S. President George Bush heads to South America this week to meet heads of state at the fourth Summit of the Americas November 4-5 in the Argentine sea…

October 28, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Oil for Food Scandal

This publication is now archived. What is the controversy over the U.N. Oil-for-Food Program?The UN Security Council started the Oil-for-Food program in 1996 to allow Iraq to sell enough oil to pay f…

November 18, 2005

Venezuela
U.S.-Venezuelan Relations

This publication is now archived. What recent developments have upset U.S.-Venezuelan relations?Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez made headlines at the November Summit of the Americas by helping to un…

October 10, 2005

Nigeria
The Pernicious Effects of Oil

This publication is now archived. IntroductionGiven the tight supply and surging demand of the world oil market, small countries that produce oil can have a major impact on global markets. This is in…

December 2, 2005

Elections and Voting
Kazakhstan’s Presidential Elections

This publication is now archived. What is the expected outcome of Kazakhstan’s December 4 presidential elections?Experts on Central Asia predict incumbent president, the sixty-five year old President…

October 28, 2005

Sub-Saharan Africa
Africa’s Food Crisis

This publication is now archived. World’s hardest-hitIn quantitative terms, there is enough food available to feed the world’s 6.4 billion people, but 852 million people will still go hungry this yea…

December 16, 2005

Elections and Voting
Bolivia’s Presidential Elections

This publication is now archived. IntroductionBolivian voters head to the polls December 18 to vote for a new president to lead one of Latin America’s poorest, most divided countries. The frontrunner…

October 28, 2005

Development
Is Russia’s Economy Running out of Energy?

This publication is now archived. IntroductionRussia’s oil exports are up, its currency is strong, and its gross domestic product (GDP) growth has hummed along at a 7 percent clip for the seventh yea…

November 3, 2005

Azerbaijan
Nagorno-Karabakh: The Crisis in the Caucasus

This publication is now archived. Nagorno-Karabakh’s recent historyOne of the former Soviet Union’s most intractable and longstanding conflicts is Nagorno-Karabakh. An enclave the size of Delaware we…

November 22, 2005

Venezuela
Venezuela and the Rise of Chavez: A Background Discussion Paper

This publication is now archived. PART 1: Origins of Chavez’s RuleThis section will look at the biography of Hugo Chavez and assess the factors that brought him into Venezuelan politics and led to th…