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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…

February 2, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Madrid Donor Conference

This publication is now archived. How much financial aid for Iraq was pledged at the October 23-24 Madrid donor conference?About $33 billion in grants and loans, almost two-thirds of it from the Unit…

February 4, 2005

China
CHINA: Beijing-Hong Kong Tensions

This publication is now archived. What’s the source of current tensions between Beijing and democracy activists in Hong Kong?Hong Kong democracy advocates have been lobbying Beijing to allow greater …

January 27, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: The Egypt Conference

This publication is now archived. What was the outcome of the international conference on Iraq?World leaders meeting in Egypt to discuss the future of Iraq November 22-23 expressed support for Iraq’s…

November 1, 2005

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Northern Ireland Loyalist Paramilitaries (U.K., extremists)

This publication is now archived. Who are Northern Ireland’s “loyalists”?Loyalists want Northern Ireland to remain part of the United Kingdom , and many are willing to support the use of violence to …

December 15, 2005

Human Rights
China’s Angry Peasants

This publication is now archived. IntroductionChina is pursuing policies aimed at maximizing economic growth, which has averaged 9 percent annually for two decades. As a result, experts say, Beijing …

December 2, 2005

Wars and Conflict
Child Soldiers Around the World

This publication is now archived. IntroductionThe use of children as soldiers in armed conflict is among the most morally repugnant practices in the world, as illustrated by this Los Angeles Times ph…

March 16, 2006

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Terrorist Groups and Political Legitimacy

Terrorist groups can never change their stripes, or so politicians regularly remind their citizens. Yet history begs to differ.

December 8, 2005

China
Hong Kong Pushes Beijing Back as Democracy Demands Continue

This publication is now archived. What’s the latest in the political sparring between Hong Kong and China?On December 21, Hong Kong politicians turned down a Beijing-backed proposal to reform Hong Ko…

April 19, 2006

Trade
The Uneasy U.S.-Chinese Trade Relationship

Trade relations between the United States and China have provided enormous benefits to both countries. But a growing U.S. trade deficit, China’s regulation of its currency, and concerns over intellec…