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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…

August 17, 2005

Zimbabwe
AFRICA: Mugabe’s Zimbabwe

This publication is now archived. What’s the current situation in Zimbabwe?President Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s leader since independence in 1980, maintains his grip on power. Under his rule, the coun…

December 4, 2007

Iran
Intelligence on Iran Still Lacking

Iran’s alleged meddling in Iraq and Afghanistan and its defiance of orders to halt uranium enrichment have drawn sharp criticism from the west. Amid the rhetoric some analysts and policy makers conti…

September 29, 2005

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Perceptions of U.S. Public Diplomacy

This publication is now archived. Introduction One of the most commonly heard questions after the events of September 11 was: “Why do they hate us?” Four years later, anti-Americanism, particul…

August 25, 2008

Pakistan
Pakistan’s Institutions and Civil Society

A look into Pakistan’s institutions, civil society, and the various players less known.

December 4, 2008

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Defense Spending During Economic Crisis

President-elect Barack Obama made many promises on defense spending and strategy during his two-year run for the White House. But analysts say economic constraints and political pressure could make i…

August 23, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Editorial Briefing with Robert C. Orr

This publication is now archived. Robert C. OrrRobert C. Orr the director of the Council on Foreign Relations’ Washington program, was a member of a five-person team sent, at the U.S. government’s re…

January 14, 2013

Lebanon
Lebanon: Election Update

This publication is now archived. What’s the significance of Lebanon’s parliamentary elections?They are the first democratic elections since 1976, when Syria began a 29-year occupation of its neighbo…

September 19, 2005

Germany
Q&A on Germany’s Election

This publication is now archived. What are the main issues facing voters in Germany’s upcoming elections? Germans go to the polls September 18 to choose between candidates from the country’s two main…

March 19, 2007

Iraq
IRAQ: Shiites

This publication is now archived. Will Shiites control the new Iraq?Most experts are certain that Iraqi Shiites, who make up some 60 percent of Iraq’s population, will play a leading role in the reco…