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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…

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 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…

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 1, 2005

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Northern Ireland Loyalist Paramilitaries (U.K., extremists)

This publication is now archived. Who are Northern Ireland’s “loyalists”?Loyalists want Northern Ireland to remain part of the United Kingdom , and many are willing to support the use of violence to …

November 15, 2005

Israel
The Impact of the Gaza Border Deal

This publication is now archived. What led to the deal to reopen Gaza’s borders?U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made a focused push for a deal between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, c…

January 1, 2006

Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security

This publication is now archived. What is the Department of Homeland Security?It’s the newest cabinet department, approved by Congress in November 2002. It’s designed to consolidate U.S. defenses aga…

January 26, 2006

Elections and Voting
Implications of the Palestinian Elections

This publication is now archived. IntroductionHamas’ surprise victory over Fatah in January 25 legislative elections raises many questions for the future of the Middle East. Experts are still trying …

February 7, 2005

Intelligence
INTELLIGENCE: National Intelligence Czar

This publication is now archived. Does the United States need a national intelligence czar?The 9/11 Commission report released July 22 recommends that Congress create a Cabinet-level post to oversee …

February 8, 2006

United States
Risk-Based Homeland Security Spending

The Department of Homeland Security has changed the way it awards funds to cities. The question now is whether the new program will make America’s cities safer.