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February 17, 2005

Middle East and North Africa
TERROR: The Search for bin Laden

This publication is now archived. Are coalition forces closing in on Osama bin Laden?We don’t know. U.S. and Pakistani administration and military officials have announced stepped-up efforts to find …

February 7, 2005

India
INDIA-PAKISTAN: Peace Talks

This publication is now archived. What were the results of the just-concluded talks between India and Pakistan?Representatives of the two longtime adversaries, at meetings February 16-18, agreed to a…

February 16, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: International Peacekeepers

This publication is now archived. What’s preventing other nations from sending troops to stabilize Iraq?A key reason is that many nations--particularly those that opposed the war--are reluctant to se…

February 17, 2005

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
TERROR: Military Tribunals

This publication is now archived. When will the military tribunals for Guantanamo Bay detainees begin?It’s unclear. The United States on February 24 charged two suspects, Ibrahim Ahmed Mahmoud al-Qos…

November 9, 2005

Democracy
Iraq’s Reconstruction Ailments

This publication is now archived. What is the status of the U.S.-led reconstruction efforts in Iraq?The reconstruction of Iraq has been hampered by a number of hurdles, including government bureaucra…

October 10, 2005

Nigeria
The Pernicious Effects of Oil

This publication is now archived. IntroductionGiven the tight supply and surging demand of the world oil market, small countries that produce oil can have a major impact on global markets. This is in…

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…

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…

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…

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.