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February 17, 2005

Middle East and North Africa
TERROR: The Search for bin Laden

This publication is now archived. Are coalition forces closing in on Osama bin Laden?We don’t know. U.S. and Pakistani administration and military officials have announced stepped-up efforts to find …

February 7, 2005

Defense Technology
DEFENSE: Non-lethal Weapons

This publication is now archived. What are non-lethal weapons?Non-lethal weapons (NLW) are intended to incapacitate people and equipment while limiting unnecessary loss of life and damage to property…

February 4, 2005

Europe
EUROPE: EU Expansion

This publication is now archived. What will be the impact of European Union expansion?The addition of 75 million eastern Europeans--38 million of them Poles--15 years after the collapse of communism …

February 2, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: U.S. Troop Rotation

This publication is now archived. How many soldiers are involved in the U.S.Approximately 130,000 U.S. combat troops will leave Iraq in the next four months after deployments of up to one year. They …

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…

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…

January 27, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Al-Sadr’s Political Ambitions

This publication is now archived. Is Muqtada al-Sadr serious about entering Iraqi politics?Nothing is certain, but the rebellious Shiite cleric has vowed to disarm his militia, the Mahdi Army, and en…

February 16, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Security Council Resolution

This publication is now archived. What’s caused the United States to seek a new Security Council resolution?Casualties and costs of the occupation of Iraq are far higher than U.S. officials expected…

August 3, 2005

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
IRAQ: Suicide Attacks

This publication is now archived. What are the motivations of Iraq’s suicide bombers?They vary, experts say. While some, like the Jordanian head of al-Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, are longtim…

September 13, 2005

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
IRAQ: Status of Iraq’s insurgency

This publication is now archived. What is the status of Iraq’s insurgency? Despite some political progress, Iraq’s insurgency shows few signs of waning, experts say. The most recent attack—a series o…