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December 20, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Sunnis, the Elections, and the Insurgency

This publication is now archived. IntroductionThe December 15 parliamentary elections in Iraq were the first since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in which Sunnis actively participated. Their coopera…

January 12, 2006

Wars and Conflict
Is There a Rift in Iraq’s Insurgency?

This publication is now archived. IntroductionU.S. officials in Iraq claim to be holding talks with Sunni Arab members of the insurgency, according to recent news reports. The talks coincide with a r…

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 …

April 4, 2006

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
Iran, the United Nations, and Sanctions

The UN Security Council is debating how to restrict Iran’s nuclear program. Western states seek a firm statement and the threat of eventual sanctions if Iran does not suspend its uranium enrichment w…

January 31, 2006

United States
Two Deficits, Fed Turnover

Two decades ago, the United States was the world’s largest creditor; now it’s the world’s largest debtor. As Ben Bernanke assumes the post of Federal Reserve chairman, succeeding Alan Greenspan, opin…

February 16, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: The Iraqi Insurgency

This publication is now archived. Will the Iraqi insurgency quiet down after June 30?Probably not. Violence caused by insurgents has surged as the June 30 handover of sovereignty to the Iraqi Interim…

April 21, 2006

Global
The World Bank and Corruption

A decade after the World Bank mounted its first anticorruption campaign, the impact appears to have been minimal. Paul Wolfowitz, the bank’s new president, is seeking to reinvigorate the effort. But …

May 5, 2006

Sanctions
What Sanctions Mean for Iran’s Economy

As UN Security Council members mull sanctions against Tehran, experts say such a move, even with climbing oil prices, could deal a devastating blow to Iran’s economy.

April 19, 2006

Trade
The Uneasy U.S.-Chinese Trade Relationship

Trade relations between the United States and China have provided enormous benefits to both countries. But a growing U.S. trade deficit, China’s regulation of its currency, and concerns over intellec…

June 6, 2006

Wars and Conflict
What Happens Now on Haditha Investigation

Allegations of a murderous rampage by U.S. Marines directed at civilians in the Iraqi town of Haditha, as well as a possible cover-up by military officials, may further damage the U.S. image abroad. …