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December 7, 2005

Elections and Voting
Iraq’s Parliamentary Elections: An Explainer

This publication is now archived. IntroductionThe December 15 elections will mark the first time in post-Saddam Iraq when voters will decide the permanent makeup of their government. At stake is the …

January 27, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Training Iraqi Forces

This publication is now archived. How many Iraqi troops are fully trained?Some 40,000 Iraqi security force members “can go anywhere in the country and take on almost any threat,” General Richard B. M…

February 21, 2006

Uganda
Uganda’s Presidential Elections

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s decision to run for a third term in the February 23 presidential election—which he is expected to win—the imprisonment of his main political rival, and the festeri…

February 10, 2006

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
Israel’s Nuclear Program and Middle East Peace

As diplomatic pressure intensifies on Iran over its nuclear program, new attention is being focused on Israel’s nuclear capabilities and the challenges its nuclear program poses for peace in the Midd…

February 16, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Who’s in charge?

This publication is now archived. Who’s in charge of Iraq now?The U.S.-led occupation government has begun to gradually hand over power to the interim government named June 1, but it will remain the …

February 2, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: The Interim Constitution

This publication is now archived. What are the contents of Iraq’s interim constitution?The 62-article document signed March 8 is designed to provide a legal framework for the country’s transitional g…

June 2, 2006

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
The Scope of China’s Military Threat

The Defense Department’s most recent assessment of China’s military power presents it as a potential military rival of the United States. But some experts say China has no intention of challenging U…

May 4, 2006

Vatican City
Pope Benedict’s First Twelve Months

Pope Benedict XVI’s first year has been quiet and at times confusing to his critics. But experts caution against reading too much of a theological shift into the pope’s tranquil beginnings.

July 13, 2006

Russia
The G8 Summit Agenda

Russia’s hosting of the G8 summit in St. Petersburg was meant to symbolize the country’s integration into the club of the world’s richest industrialized democracies. But with Russia moving in an incr…

August 21, 2006

Iraq
’Plan B’ Scenarios in Iraq

With Iraq growing more violent by the month, experts say the status quo is unsustainable and are calling for a Plan B to avert an all-out civil war.