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February 7, 2005

Defense Technology
DEFENSE: Non-lethal Weapons

This publication is now archived. What are non-lethal weapons?Non-lethal weapons (NLW) are intended to incapacitate people and equipment while limiting unnecessary loss of life and damage to property…

February 7, 2005

Israel
MIDDLE EAST: Peace Plans Background

This publication is now archived. Following are brief descriptions of some recent Mideast peace proposals: 1993 Oslo AccordsThe most difficult issues, including the right of return and settlements, w…

July 12, 2005

Indonesia
INDONESIA: Local Elections

This publication is now archived. What is the significance of Indonesia’s local elections?They are the first direct elections for district and provincial leaders in the world’s most populous Muslim c…

November 23, 2005

Chechnya
Elections in Chechnya

This publication is now archived. What is at stake in Chechnya’s elections?The parliamentary elections scheduled for November 27 will be the troubled republic’s first since a 1999 war between Chechen…

February 7, 2005

United States
AIDS: The U.S. Anti-AIDS Program

This publication is now archived. What’s the status of President Bush’s anti-AIDS plan?Congress has authorized $2.4 billion for the first year of President Bush’s landmark $15 billion, 5-year plan to…

January 31, 2006

United States
Two Deficits, Fed Turnover

Two decades ago, the United States was the world’s largest creditor; now it’s the world’s largest debtor. As Ben Bernanke assumes the post of Federal Reserve chairman, succeeding Alan Greenspan, opin…

February 22, 2006

Corporate Governance
Governing Corporations in a Shrinking World

Assessing the SEC’s changing role in a world where corporations increasingly operate across-borders and globally.

June 7, 2006

North Korea
North Korea’s Capitalist Experiment

The government of North Korean President Kim Jung-Il retains a virtual death grip on the nation’s economy, directing all official economic activity through an authoritarian command system. But recent…

July 13, 2006

Russia
The G8 Summit Agenda

Russia’s hosting of the G8 summit in St. Petersburg was meant to symbolize the country’s integration into the club of the world’s richest industrialized democracies. But with Russia moving in an incr…

August 3, 2006

Wars and Conflict
NATO and the Afghan-Pakistani Border

Taliban fighters have stepped up their attacks along the Afghan-Pakistani border as the United States hands over control of southern Afghanistan to NATO forces, freeing up American troops to try, onc…