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November 10, 2005

Jordan
The Effects of the Amman Bombings on U.S.-Jordanian Relations

This publication is now archived. Jordan’s Worst Terrorist Attacks in HistoryThe recent hotel bombings in Jordan will once again shine the spotlight on U.S.-Jordanian relations. On the surface, relat…

November 15, 2005

Israel
The Impact of the Gaza Border Deal

This publication is now archived. What led to the deal to reopen Gaza’s borders?U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made a focused push for a deal between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, c…

December 13, 2005

Iraq
Iraq’s Media Takes Its First Steps

This publication is now archived. IntroductionAs Iraq prepares to hold elections for a new government, cfr.org looks at the country’s rapidly expanding media options. "Iraqis are avid listeners, watc…

February 21, 2006

Defense and Security
The UAE purchase of American port facilities

A United Arab Emirates-owned company is set to take control of terminals in six major U.S. ports, raising questions about security.

April 21, 2006

Palestinian Territories
Hamas and the Shrinking PA Budget

The Palestinian Authority is in a budget crunch after Hamas, a group listed as a terrorist organization by both the European Union and the United States, won January’s elections, yet refused to renou…

April 26, 2006

Syria
Syria: Has Assad Dodged a Bullet?

Bashar al-Assad, whose regime looked shaky under international pressure last year, is consolidating his power and cracking down on dissent. Despite a UN probe linking Syrian officials to the assassin…

July 13, 2006

Palestinian Territories
Profile of Khaled Meshal (aka Khalid Meshaal, Khaleed Mash’al)

From his exile in Syria, Khaled Meshal, the top ranked member of Hamas, exercises leadership and serves as the group’s diplomatic envoy.

September 15, 2006

Syria
Syria: U.S. Policy Options

The United States has long tried to compel Syria to adjust its behavior, but rarely with any result. This backgrounder examines the current U.S. policy options toward Syria.

December 11, 2006

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Targets for Terrorists: Chemical Facilities

Attacks on U.S. chemical facilities have the potential to affect thousands, possibly millions of people, yet many of them remain poorly secured. Legislation to improve security standards has been wat…

January 4, 2007

United States
The 110th Congress: Dems and Trade

The Democrats now leading both houses of Congress will exercise strong influence on U.S. trade matters. Experts expect a slowdown in action on trade deals and a tough battle for renewal of the presid…