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September 13, 2005

International Organizations
Q&A on UN reform

This publication is now archived. How much progress has been made on reforming the United Nations? More than 170 world leaders are meeting in New York September 14-16 to address progress toward the U…

February 16, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: The Regime’s Debt

This publication is now archived. What is the status of the administration’s Iraq debt-reduction plan?Presidential envoy James A. Baker III, a former U.S. secretary of state, visited Japan and China …

February 16, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Infiltration of Iraqi Forces

This publication is now archived. What’s the extent of insurgent infiltration of Iraq’s security forces?Widespread, many experts say. Insurgents frequently appear to have inside information about the…

September 9, 2005

Race and Ethnicity
IRAQ: Iraqi Leaders Voicing Anger at Arab Neighbors

This publication is now archived. IntroductionRelations between Iraq and its Arab neighbors have worsened in recent weeks, highlighted by Iraqi President Jalal Talabani’s September 5 criticism of Ara…

February 2, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Justifying the War

This publication is now archived. Was the war in Iraq justified?There is broad agreement that removing Saddam Hussein from power neutralized a ruthless tyrant. But the debate over why the United Stat…

February 8, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Iraq’s Leadership Class

This publication is now archived. How will Iraq’s top political posts be filled?Now that the votes from the January 30 election have been tallied, the 275 newly elected members of the transitional Na…

October 21, 2005

Syria
Syria Stands Alone

This publication is now archived. Syria’s slow declineWhat a difference five years makes. At the beginning of the century, Syria was a proud Arab country, ruled with brutal consistency for thirty yea…

October 20, 2005

Peacekeeping
The Arab League and Iraq

This publication is now archived. IntroductionThe decision by the Arab League to empower its secretary-general, the former Egyptian foreign minister Amr Moussa, to organize a conference on national r…

September 16, 2005

Wars and Conflict
IRAQ: Is there Civil War in Iraq?

This publication is now archived. IntroductionBack in July, John Burns of the New York Times posed a provocative question: If there’s civil war in Iraq, how will we know it? The answer may be unclear…

May 20, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Insurgency Goals

This publication is now archived. What is driving the Iraqi insurgency?Two years after the inception of the insurgency, experts remain divided on what principal force is fueling it. Experts say the i…