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February 2, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Military Outsourcing

This publication is now archived. What is military outsourcing?The process of contracting out to private companies tasks that used to be performed by members of the uniformed military. The assignment…

February 2, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Shiites

This publication is now archived. Will Shiites control the new Iraq?Most experts are certain that Iraqi Shiites, who make up some 60 percent of Iraq’s population, will play a leading role in the reco…

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…

February 3, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: America’s Rationale for War

This publication is now archived. Before the war started, did the U.S. have a "smoking gun" that proved Iraq had weapons of mass destruction?No. United Nations weapons inspectors discovered that Iraq…

February 3, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Oil

This publication is now archived. How much oil does Iraq have?Iraq has 112.5 billion barrels of proven oil reserves, or about 10 percent of the world’s known remaining oil--making it a distant second…

February 4, 2005

Europe and Eurasia
EUROPE: European Defense Policy

This publication is now archived. What is at stake in the debate about a European defense force?The European Union (E.U.) is planning to create a mobile military force designed to be deployed quickly…

February 7, 2005

Pakistan
PAKISTAN: Threats to Musharraf’s Rule

This publication is now archived. How serious is the fundamentalist threat in Pakistan?Islamic fundamentalists, some of whom are believed to have targeted President Pervez Musharraf in two near-miss …

February 7, 2005

Trade
TRADE: Outsourcing Jobs

This publication is now archived. What’s the debate over outsourcing?Shifting jobs to lower-wage countries--a form of what is known as offshore outsourcing--is an increasingly popular practice among …

February 7, 2005

International Organizations
U.N. Reform

This publication is now archived. Is reform on the agenda when the U.N. General Assembly opens?Talk of reform at the United Nations--particularly of the Security Council--is not new. But this year, a…

February 8, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Organizing the Elections

This publication is now archived. What are the organizational challenges of the January 30 Iraqi elections?The main one is the threat of violence from the ongoing insurgency. Against that background,…