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February 14, 2002

Middle East and North Africa
Harnessing Trade for Development and Growth in the Middle East

Overview Many observers of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) believe the lack of economic prospects and poverty in the everyday life of people in the region contribute to extremism, and perh…

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May 15, 2002

United States
CFR Finds Dangerous Technology Gap at Federal Agencies

Technology Gap at Federal Agencies Leaves U.S. Public Exposed to Next Wave of Terror Incidents – New Council Paper Outlines Immediate Steps to Reduce the RiskMay 14, 2002 – Defense against al-Qaeda c…

December 9, 2002

Bosnia and Herzegovina
Balkans 2010

Overview Despite years of involvement by the United States and its allies, the Balkans region is suffering from economic stagnation and high unemployment; hundreds of thousands of refugees still a…

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March 7, 2003

Iraq
Peters Says Some 100,000 Troops May Be Needed for Occupation Duty in Iraq

Michael P. Peters, executive vice president of the Council on Foreign Relations, says that, if the United States invades Iraq without the backing of major allies or the Security Council, “it co…

December 9, 2002

Bosnia and Herzegovina
Without Sustained EU-U.S. Action, Balkans Face Serious Social, Economic Instability, Warns New CFR Task Force, Balkans 2010

December 9, 2002— After a decade of extensive involvement and peacemaking in the Balkans, the United States and its allies are winding down their commitment to the region. At this critical juncture, …

May 7, 2003

Indonesia
To Avoid Deadly Violence in Papua, Council Commission Urges Immediate implementation of Special Autonomy Plan by Indonesian Government

New York, May 7, 2003 - There is only one way to avoid conflict in the remote and impoverished, yet resource-rich, Indonesian province of Papua: Give it greater self-governance and a stake in the de…

May 6, 2003

Colombia
Council Launches Blue-Ribbon Commission to Craft Urgently Needed New Strategy for Colombia and the Andes

MAY 6, 2003 - The Center for Preventive Action, a Council on Foreign Relations conflict prevention initiative, has launched a new Commission to make concrete recommendations for mitigating deadly con…

January 23, 2004

North Korea
North Korea's Weapons Programs

Council on Foreign Relations New York, New York STEPHEN BOSWORTH: If I could have your attention, please, I think we would like to get started. We have a limited amount of time and a vast subject…

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October 16, 2002

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
U.S. Approach to Curtail Money Flow to Terrorists Inadequate, Concludes Council-Sponsored Independent Task Force

October 17, 2002 - After an initially robust attempt to curtail financing for international terrorism, the Bush administration’s current efforts are strategically inadequate to assure the sustained r…

May 21, 2003

China
Chinese Military At Least Two Decades Away from Rivaling U.S. Forces, Concludes Newly Released Council Task Force Report

May 22, 2003 - China is pursuing a deliberate course of military modernization, but is at least two decades behind the United States in terms of military technology and capability. Moreover, if the …