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February 16, 2005

Middle East and North Africa
MIDDLE EAST: The Assassination of Sheik Yassin

This publication is now archived. What’s the likely impact of the assassination of Sheik Ahmed Yassin?Experts say the March 22 killing of Yassin, the founder of the radical Palestinian movement Hamas…

February 15, 2005

Asia
TSUNAMI DISASTER: Relief Effort

This publication is now archived. What is the status of the tsunami relief effort?Governments and private organizations around the world have pledged nearly $4 billion in disaster relief. The deadly …

February 4, 2005

China
CHINA: Beijing-Hong Kong Tensions

This publication is now archived. What’s the source of current tensions between Beijing and democracy activists in Hong Kong?Hong Kong democracy advocates have been lobbying Beijing to allow greater …

June 30, 2005

Sub-Saharan Africa
The G-8 Summit

This publication is now archived. What’s on the G-8 Summit agenda?Climate change and aid to Africa will be the top priorities at this year’s Group of Eight (G-8) Summit in Gleneagles, Scotland, which…

June 8, 2005

Sub-Saharan Africa
AFRICA: Debt-Relief Proposals

This publication is now archived. What are the current plans for African debt relief?There are a number of debt-relief proposals being debated, some more ambitious than others. One of the most widely…

November 1, 2005

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Northern Ireland Loyalist Paramilitaries (U.K., extremists)

This publication is now archived. Who are Northern Ireland’s “loyalists”?Loyalists want Northern Ireland to remain part of the United Kingdom , and many are willing to support the use of violence to …

December 15, 2005

Human Rights
China’s Angry Peasants

This publication is now archived. IntroductionChina is pursuing policies aimed at maximizing economic growth, which has averaged 9 percent annually for two decades. As a result, experts say, Beijing …

October 25, 2005

United States
American deaths in Iraq at 2,000: Milestone or ‘Irrelevant’?

This publication is now archived. Reaching 2,000In military terms, flag rank officers, defense analysts, and many pundits tend to agree that the “2,000 death milestone” for U.S. military personnel in…

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…

December 8, 2005

China
Hong Kong Pushes Beijing Back as Democracy Demands Continue

This publication is now archived. What’s the latest in the political sparring between Hong Kong and China?On December 21, Hong Kong politicians turned down a Beijing-backed proposal to reform Hong Ko…