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August 23, 2005

Foreign Aid
FOREIGN AID: Millennium Challenge Account

This publication is now archived. What is the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA)?A U.S. government program that gives development aid in the form of grants to poor countries that adopt economic and p…

August 25, 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…

September 30, 2005

Uzbekistan
Severing of U.S.-Uzbek Ties Over Counterterrorism

This publication is now archived. Introduction Uzbekistan has officially announced it would end its cooperation with the United States on counterterrorism operations in Central Asia. Situated on Afgh…

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…

November 7, 2005

Elections and Voting
The Importance of Azerbaijan’s Parliamentary Elections

This publication is now archived. IntroductionAzerbaijanis go to the polls November 6 to vote in parliamentary elections that experts fear will be neither free nor fair. Authorities in recent weeks h…

December 2, 2005

Elections and Voting
Kazakhstan’s Presidential Elections

This publication is now archived. What is the expected outcome of Kazakhstan’s December 4 presidential elections?Experts on Central Asia predict incumbent president, the sixty-five year old President…

February 27, 2006

United States
Liquefied Natural Gas: A Potential Terrorist Target?

The transport of liquefied natural gas to the United States is expected to surge in the next two decades. The explosive power of such gas makes transport ships attractive terrorist targets. Security …

February 27, 2006

United States
India, China, and the United States: A Delicate Balance

As India and China enjoy tremendous economic growth, each country is vying to increase its role on the world stage. The United States will play a critical part in the emergence of these two major pow…

April 5, 2006

China
Sino-Russian Energy Ties

Russia’s vast supply of energy and China’s insatiable demand are making the two countries natural partners. Their shared goal of checking U.S. regional influence has also drawn their foreign policies…

March 19, 2007

Iraq
IRAQ: U.S. Diplomacy

This publication is now archived. What happened to diplomatic efforts to avert a war?Diplomacy at the United Nations on the issue collapsed. A proposed second U.N. resolution to declare Iraq in mater…