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February 3, 2005

Afghanistan
AFGHANISTAN: Security

This publication is now archived. How can security in Afghanistan be improved?There are many options. Among them: dramatically expanding and strengthening the new Afghan national army; broadening the…

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 15, 2005

Afghanistan
AFGHANISTAN: Karzai vs. the Warlords

This publication is now archived. What’s at stake in the government’s confrontation with warlords?Many experts say it is directly related to the upcoming presidential election. They say the October 9…

September 16, 2005

Elections and Voting
Afghan Expert Rubin: Despite Security Problems ‘Large Turnout’ Expected for Parliamentary Elections Sunday

Barnett R. Rubin, a well-known expert on Afghanistan, says that despite a worsening security situation recently, the Afghan people “are really eager to vote and there will be a large turnout” in that…

January 20, 2006

Elections and Voting
Satloff: Hamas Likely to Gain Considerable Strength in Next Week’s Palestinian Parliamentary Elections

Robert Satloff, an expert on Arab and Islamic politics, says the parliamentary elections in the Palestinian territories next week are expected to give the Hamas party—which is dedicated to the destru…

January 27, 2006

Elections and Voting
Siegman: U.S., Israel and EU Must Deal With Hamas If it Drops Harsh Policies Toward Israel

Henry Siegman, CFR’s leading expert on Israeli-Palestinian affairs, says there are signs Hamas may be seeking ways to ease its policies calling for Israel’s destruction. Siegman says it is important …

February 7, 2006

Elections and Voting
Shikaki: PA President Abbas Would Benefit From National Unity Government With Hamas

Khalil Shikaki, the director of a leading Palestinian polling organization, says that although Fatah lost to Hamas in recent legislative elections in the Palestinian Authority, its leaders may still …

February 8, 2006

Palestinian Territories
Hamas’ Leaders

As Hamas prepares to take over the government of the Palestinian Authority, CFR.org profiles some of its most prominent leaders.

May 26, 2006

Palestinian Territories
Cook: Abbas’ Call for Referendum on Two-State Solution Puts Pressure on Hamas and Israel

Steven Cook says Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ call for a two-state negotiated solution was "a shrewd move" becuase it puts pressure on the Hamas-led PA government, but also serves to constrai…

June 16, 2006

Religion
Shia Muslims in the Mideast

Backgrounder: Some experts say a "Shiite crescent" holds the potential to transform Islamic politics in the coming years.