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January 27, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Training Iraqi Forces

This publication is now archived. How many Iraqi troops are fully trained?Some 40,000 Iraqi security force members “can go anywhere in the country and take on almost any threat,” General Richard B. M…

January 27, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: U.N. Resolution 1546

This publication is now archived. Does the new U.N. resolution resolve questions about Iraq’s status?To an extent. Resolution 1546, passed unanimously by the U.N. Security Council June 8, declares th…

February 2, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: The Sovereignty Issue

This publication is now archived. How much authority can Iraq’s interim government exercise?President Bush said May 24 that the interim Iraqi government taking over for U.S-led occupying authorities …

February 2, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Oil

This publication is now archived. Who controls Iraqi oil?The United States and Britain have some rights to use the oil to fund their occupation, international lawyers say, but Iraq’s oil legally belo…

February 3, 2005

Democracy
MIDDLE EAST: Promoting Democracy

This publication is now archived. How is the United States promoting democracy in the Arab world?The Bush administration has taken two distinct approaches since September 11. It has pursued an aggres…

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…

February 7, 2005

Pakistan
PAKISTAN: Threats to Musharraf’s Rule

This publication is now archived. How serious is the fundamentalist threat in Pakistan?Islamic fundamentalists, some of whom are believed to have targeted President Pervez Musharraf in two near-miss …

February 16, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: The June 30 Handover

This publication is now archived. What is the plan for the June 30 transfer of sovereignty to Iraq?It’s a work-in-progress. The date won’t change, U.S. and U.N. officials say, but much else remains u…

February 17, 2005

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
TERROR: War on Terror Update

This publication is now archived. Three years after 9/11, has progress has been made in the war on terror?Yes, most analysts say, but precisely how much is unclear. On the home front, considerable st…

February 22, 2005

Middle East and North Africa
MIDDLE EAST: Syria and Lebanon

This publication is now archived. What is Syria’s role in Lebanon?It dominates Lebanon’s foreign policy and has effectively occupied large sections of its smaller neighbor for nearly 30 years. There …