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April 25, 2005

Intelligence
INTELLIGENCE: Negroponte’s Challenges

This publication is now archived. What are the main challenges facing new Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte?He must manage the sprawling U.S. intelligence bureaucracy, oversee the nat…

June 1, 2005

Europe
EUROPEAN UNION: The French & Dutch Referendums

This publication is now archived. What’s the significance of the French and Dutch "no" votes to the EU constitution?They have dealt the EU constitution a potentially fatal blow, experts say. All 25 m…

July 26, 2005

United States
ASIA: U.S. Military Bases in Central Asia

This publication is now archived. What is the status of the U.S. military bases in Central Asia?The United States maintains two bases in Central Asia, one each in Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, for its p…

May 6, 2005

Iran
IRAN: European Nuclear Negotiations

This publication is now archived. What are the details of the European-brokered deal to halt Iran’s nuclear program?On November 29, 2004, the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) pa…

September 6, 2005

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
IRAN: The Nuclear Threat

This publication is now archived. What is the nuclear threat from Iran?Iranian officials claim they are pursuing nuclear technology for peaceful civilian purposes only, such as generating electricity…

February 4, 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…

October 20, 2005

Peacekeeping
The Arab League and Iraq

This publication is now archived. IntroductionThe decision by the Arab League to empower its secretary-general, the former Egyptian foreign minister Amr Moussa, to organize a conference on national r…

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 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…

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…