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February 16, 2005

Iran
IRAN: Curtailing the Nuclear Program

This publication is now archived. What’s being done to curtail Iran’s nuclear program?The International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA) has broadened its inspections program in Iran after growing ev…

April 27, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Drafting the Constitution

This publication is now archived. What is the status of Iraq’s constitution?After failing to meet the original August 15 deadline, Iraqi leaders pushed the due date to August 22. The 71-member consti…

February 17, 2005

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
TERROR: Military Tribunals

This publication is now archived. When will the military tribunals for Guantanamo Bay detainees begin?It’s unclear. The United States on February 24 charged two suspects, Ibrahim Ahmed Mahmoud al-Qos…

August 8, 2005

Palestinian Territories
MIDDLE EAST: The Gaza Withdrawal

This publication is now archived. Is Israel’s withdrawal of settlers complete?Nearly. Israeli soldiers removed the last Jewish settlers and protesters from the Gaza Strip August 22 and have moved on …

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…

September 14, 2005

Germany
Q&A on Germany’s Election

This publication is now archived. What are the main issues facing voters in Germany’s upcoming elections? Germans go to the polls September 18 to choose between candidates from the country’s two main…

October 4, 2005

Israel
MIDDLE EAST: Reorganizing the Palestinian Security Forces

This publication is now archived. What is the status of Palestinian security service reform?The top priority for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is consolidating the Palestinian Securit…

September 16, 2005

Wars and Conflict
IRAQ: Is there Civil War in Iraq?

This publication is now archived. IntroductionBack in July, John Burns of the New York Times posed a provocative question: If there’s civil war in Iraq, how will we know it? The answer may be unclear…

October 26, 2005

United States
Recruitment Woes for U.S. Guard and Reserve

This publication is now archived. The current crisisThe war in Iraq is the United States’ first sustained conflict since the military shifted to an all-volunteer force in 1973. As the casualty count …

November 11, 2005

China
The U.S.-China Relationship: Policy Goals

This publication is now archived. Introduction As President George Bush prepares to leave for state visits to Japan, Korea, China, and Mongolia November 15-21, the U.S. relationship with China …