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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

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
TERROR: 9/11 Commission

This publication is now archived. What is the 9/11 Commission?The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States is a bipartisan, independent panel. Its 13 members and staff of nearl…

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 …

April 27, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Drafting the Constitution

This publication is now archived. What is the status of Iraq’s constitution?After failing to meet the original August 15 deadline, Iraqi leaders pushed the due date to August 22. The 71-member consti…

February 2, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Military Outsourcing

This publication is now archived. What is military outsourcing?The process of contracting out to private companies tasks that used to be performed by members of the uniformed military. The assignment…

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…

September 29, 2005

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Perceptions of U.S. Public Diplomacy

This publication is now archived. IntroductionOne of the most commonly heard questions after the events of September 11 was: “Why do they hate us?” Four years later, anti-Americanism, particularly in…

November 9, 2005

Democracy
Iraq’s Reconstruction Ailments

This publication is now archived. What is the status of the U.S.-led reconstruction efforts in Iraq?The reconstruction of Iraq has been hampered by a number of hurdles, including government bureaucra…

October 12, 2005

Elections and Voting
Why Sunnis Don’t Support Iraq’s Constitution

This publication is now archived. IntroductionOn October 15, the majority of Iraq’s Sunni Arabs are expected to vote against the draft of the constitution in a nationwide referendum. Others are expec…

October 4, 2005

Israel
MIDDLE EAST: Reorganizing the Palestinian Security Forces

This publication is now archived. What is the status of Palestinian security service reform?The top priority for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is consolidating the Palestinian Securit…