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February 3, 2005

Sudan
AFRICA: The Darfur Crisis

This publication is now archived. Will the U.N. Security Council’s recent actions help resolve the humanitarian crisis in Darfur?That remains to be seen. On September 18, the Security Council passed …

February 7, 2005

Israel
MIDDLE EAST: Peace Plans Background

This publication is now archived. Following are brief descriptions of some recent Mideast peace proposals: 1993 Oslo AccordsThe most difficult issues, including the right of return and settlements, w…

May 6, 2005

Israel
ISRAEL/PALESTINE: Leading Figures

This publication is now archived. Who are the key Israeli and Palestinian political leaders?As plans move forward for Israel’s withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, hopes for peace in the Middle East are h…

June 15, 2005

Iran
IRAN: Presidential Candidates

This publication is now archived. Who is running for Iran’s presidency?Seven candidates are vying to succeed Mohammed Khatami as president of Iran, including frontrunner and former president Akbar Ha…

February 16, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: International Peacekeepers

This publication is now archived. What’s preventing other nations from sending troops to stabilize Iraq?A key reason is that many nations--particularly those that opposed the war--are reluctant to se…

June 8, 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…

February 4, 2005

China
CHINA: Beijing-Hong Kong Tensions

This publication is now archived. What’s the source of current tensions between Beijing and democracy activists in Hong Kong?Hong Kong democracy advocates have been lobbying Beijing to allow greater …

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…

February 16, 2005

Intelligence
INTELLIGENCE: Intelligence Reform

This publication is now archived. What does the intelligence reform bill do?The National Intelligence Reform Act, which was strongly influenced by the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission, dramatic…

February 2, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Justifying the War

This publication is now archived. Was the war in Iraq justified?There is broad agreement that removing Saddam Hussein from power neutralized a ruthless tyrant. But the debate over why the United Stat…