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January 1, 1997

China
Shaping U.S.-China Relations

Overview The rise of China in world affairs is a major feature of our era. An increasingly contentious debate has erupted in the United States over how to respond to this development. Figuring out…

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January 1, 1998

Americas
Educational Reform in Latin America

Overview During the past five years, most of the countries of Latin America have begun to walk down the path of economic and political reform. A new generation of leaders has implemented tariff re…

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February 1, 1998

Japan
The U.S.-Japan Security Alliance in the 21st Century

Overview The issue of the future of U.S.-Japan security ties is an extremely timely one. Events such as the rape incident in Okinawa and massive public demonstrations in Japan against the U.S. tro…

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March 1, 1998

Japan
The Tests of War and the Strains of Peace

Overview The U.S.-Japan security alliance is at a crossroads. The outcome of certain decisions to be made in 1998_the Japanese Diet's vote on legislation necessary to implement the new U.S.-Japan …

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November 17, 1999

Trade
Who Decides? Congress and the Debate Over Trade Policy in 1934 and 1974

Introduction Governor Adlai E. Stevenson thought trade policy was boring; he once described it as one field where the greatest need is for fresh clichés. He had a point. In the long period that th…

February 15, 2000

Palestinian Territories
The Foreign Policy of Hamas

Overview Hamas is not a monolithic organization. Hamas is not a fundamentalist movement. Opposition to Oslo and subsequent Israeli- Palestinian agreements, violent attacks on Israeli targets, chal…

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February 15, 2000

Radicalization and Extremism
U.S. Policy Toward Islamism

Overview For policymakers, Islamism, Islamist states, and Islamist movements pose a set of awkward and unusual problems. By default as well as by design, the U.S. government, and especially its na…

February 17, 2000

Asia
The Perils of Being No.1

Overview The cumulative impact of U.S. global and regional policies and behavior, a broad regional trend of emerging, multi-faceted national self-assertiveness, and regional economic dynamics add …

March 24, 2000

Diplomacy and International Institutions
The United States, Japan, and China

During the twentieth century, as the United States grew into a world power, Americans confronted two major powers in Asia: China and Japan. Of course, there were and are other crucial factors in Asia…

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March 24, 2000

Colombia
First Steps Toward a Constructive U.S. Policy in Colombia

Introduction and Executive Summary In November 1999, the Council on Foreign Relations and Inter-American Dialogue established an independent task force to review and offer recommendations on U.S. …