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August 24, 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…

August 16, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Madrid Donor Conference

This publication is now archived. How much financial aid for Iraq was pledged at the October 23-24 Madrid donor conference?About $33 billion in grants and loans, almost two-thirds of it from the Unit…

August 25, 2005

Sub-Saharan Africa
AFRICA: Debt-Relief Proposals

This publication is now archived. What are the current plans for African debt relief?There are a number of debt-relief proposals being debated, some more ambitious than others. One of the most widely…

August 23, 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 …

November 22, 2005

Venezuela
Venezuela and the Rise of Chavez: A Background Discussion Paper

This publication is now archived. PART 1: Origins of Chavez’s RuleThis section will look at the biography of Hugo Chavez and assess the factors that brought him into Venezuelan politics and led to th…

December 29, 2005

Iraq
Iraq and Oil: Revenue-Sharing Among Regions

This publication is now archived. IntroductionAs Iraq forms its first constitutionally mandated postwar government, one looming issue is how best to manage and share the country’s energy resources an…

January 1, 2006

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
FBI and Law Enforcement

This publication is now archived. Has the FBI’s mission changed since September 11?Yes. In the aftermath of September 11, the Federal Bureau of Investigation—the investigative arm of the Justice Depa…

January 20, 2006

Iraq
The Role of Kurds in Iraqi Politics

This publication is now archived. What role will Kurds play in Iraq’s future government? Kurds are expected to play a kingmaker role in forming Iraq’s new coalition government. Kurdish parties …

December 2, 2005

Elections and Voting
Kazakhstan’s Presidential Elections

This publication is now archived. What is the expected outcome of Kazakhstan’s December 4 presidential elections?Experts on Central Asia predict incumbent president, the sixty-five year old President…

March 19, 2007

Iraq
IRAQ: Ongoing Attacks

This publication is now archived. Why was the United Nations targeted in Iraq?We don’t know. It remains unclear who was responsible for the August 19 truck bomb that killed at least 23 people at the …