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February 4, 2005

Zimbabwe
AFRICA: Mugabe’s Zimbabwe

This publication is now archived. What’s the current situation in Zimbabwe?President Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s leader since independence in 1980, maintains his grip on power. Under his rule, the coun…

February 4, 2005

Iran
IRAN: Nuclear Negotiations

This publication is now archived. What is the status of Europe’s nuclear negotiations with Iran?They are in trouble. Since October 2003, Iran and three members of the European Union (EU)--Britain, Fr…

February 16, 2005

Middle East and North Africa
MIDDLE EAST: The Assassination of Sheik Yassin

This publication is now archived. What’s the likely impact of the assassination of Sheik Ahmed Yassin?Experts say the March 22 killing of Yassin, the founder of the radical Palestinian movement Hamas…

February 22, 2005

Middle East and North Africa
MIDDLE EAST: U.S.-Syrian relations

This publication is now archived. What’s the status of U.S.-Syrian relations?Very strained. They have rarely been good; Washington has long protested Syria’s occupation of Lebanon and accused Damascu…

February 7, 2005

North Korea
NORTH KOREA: U.S.-Japan Relations

This publication is now archived. How will the North Korea crisis affect U.S.-Japan relations?It depends on how U.S. policy evolves. Relations between Japan and the United States will remain strong, …

October 18, 2005

Trade
What are the main issues in the debate over CAFTA?

This publication is now archived. What are the main issues in the debate over CAFTA?The Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), currently under consideration in the U.S. Congress, would create…

February 7, 2005

Saudi Arabia
SAUDI ARABIA: In al-Qaeda’s Sights

This publication is now archived. Is al-Qaeda now targeting Saudi Arabia?Yes, many experts say. Al-Qaeda attacked U.S. troops stationed in the oil-rich kingdom several times during the 1990s. But the…

February 2, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Interrogation and Torture

This publication is now archived. Did the mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib amount to torture?Some of it likely did, experts say. The worst abuses—including beatings and forced sexual act…

February 2, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: The Prison System

This publication is now archived. Who runs the prison system in Iraq?The coalition authorities. According to an official memorandum issued June 8, 2003, by L. Paul Bremer III, the U.S. administrator …

February 17, 2005

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
TERROR: War on Terror Update

This publication is now archived. Three years after 9/11, has progress has been made in the war on terror?Yes, most analysts say, but precisely how much is unclear. On the home front, considerable st…