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February 3, 2005

Middle East and North Africa
NATO: Keeping the Peace in Afghanistan

This publication is now archived. Can NATO keep the peace in Afghanistan?The United Nations Security Council unanimously agreed October 13 to allow the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to ex…

February 7, 2005

Palestinian Territories
MIDDLE EAST: After Arafat

This publication is now archived. Who is Yasir Arafat’s likely successor?Experts say there is no Palestinian politician who can fully step into the role of Yasir Arafat, the ailing president of the P…

February 7, 2005

Middle East and North Africa
MIDDLE EAST: The Disengagement Plan

This publication is now archived. What is Israel’s disengagement plan?Prime Minister Ariel Sharon says Israel may move on its own to evacuate most of the Jewish settlements in Gaza and some in the We…

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 7, 2005

North Korea
NORTH KOREA: U.S.-Japan Relations

This publication is now archived. How will the North Korea crisis affect U.S.-Japan relations?It depends on how U.S. policy evolves. Relations between Japan and the United States will remain strong, …

February 7, 2005

Intelligence
INTELLIGENCE: Major Reform Plans Compared

This publication is now archived. What are the differences among the competing congressional proposals to reform the U.S. intelligence community?Congress is considering two different proposals. The S…

February 7, 2005

Intelligence
INTELLIGENCE: National Intelligence Czar

This publication is now archived. Does the United States need a national intelligence czar?The 9/11 Commission report released July 22 recommends that Congress create a Cabinet-level post to oversee …

February 16, 2005

Middle East and North Africa
MIDDLE EAST: Terrorism

This publication is now archived. Will Mideast violence scuttle the "road map?"It could. Some Mideast experts say the recent escalation of bloodshed between Israelis and Palestinians represents a gr…

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 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 …