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February 2, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: The interim government leaders

This publication is now archived. Who are the new Iraqi leaders?The members of the Iraqi Interim Government (IIG) were appointed June 1 by U.N. Special Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi. They were selected after…

February 2, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: The Kurds’ Agenda

This publication is now archived. What do the Kurds of Iraq want? Kurdish leaders on the Iraqi Governing Council (IGC) are pushing for an autonomous federal state in the new Iraqi nation. Kurds…

February 2, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: The Role of Tribes

This publication is now archived. What part can tribes play in Iraqi politics?Experts disagree. U.S. military officials have sought the cooperation of many local tribal leaders, but it is difficult t…

February 2, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: U.N. Humanitarian Relief

This publication is now archived. How much humanitarian relief is being provided to Iraq?It is difficult to judge with precision. U.S. and British forces, United Nations agencies, private relief grou…

February 3, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Iraqi Ties to Terrorism

This publication is now archived. Has Iraq sponsored terrorism?Yes. Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein provided bases, training camps, and other support to terrorist groups fighting the government…

February 3, 2005

Sudan
AFRICA: The Darfur Crisis

This publication is now archived. Will the U.N. Security Council’s recent actions help resolve the humanitarian crisis in Darfur?That remains to be seen. On September 18, the Security Council passed …

February 3, 2005

Rwanda
HUMANITARIAN: A Decade After Rwanda

This publication is now archived. What lessons have been learned since the Rwanda genocide?Most experts agree that the slow and reluctant international reaction to the violent upheaval in Rwanda 10 y…

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

Liberia
LIBERIA: Status Report

This publication is now archived. What is the current situation in Liberia?Gyude Bryant was sworn in October 14 as chairman of the new transitional government. Bryant replaced interim president Moses…

February 7, 2005

Israel
MIDDLE EAST: Peace Plans Background

This publication is now archived. Following are brief descriptions of some recent Mideast peace proposals: 1993 Oslo AccordsThe most difficult issues, including the right of return and settlements, w…