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January 27, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Other Troublespots

This publication is now archived. What are the other insurgency hotspots in Iraq?The insurgency in Iraq is continuing in many cities outside of Falluja, even as U.S. and Iraqi forces finish up a majo…

January 27, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Election Plan

This publication is now archived. Will Iraq’s January elections occur on schedule?President George W. Bush and Iraqi Interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi insist they will. The Iraqi government has an i…

January 27, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: The National Conference

This publication is now archived. What is the Iraqi National Conference?It is a gathering of some 1,100 prominent Iraqis under way in Baghdad. Its main purpose is to select the members of a 100-seat …

February 2, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: The Sovereignty Issue

This publication is now archived. How much authority can Iraq’s interim government exercise?President Bush said May 24 that the interim Iraqi government taking over for U.S-led occupying authorities …

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…

February 7, 2005

Middle East and North Africa
MIDDLE EAST: The Disengagement Plan

This publication is now archived. What is Israel’s disengagement plan?Prime Minister Ariel Sharon says Israel may move on its own to evacuate most of the Jewish settlements in Gaza and some in the We…

February 8, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Organizing the Elections

This publication is now archived. What are the organizational challenges of the January 30 Iraqi elections?The main one is the threat of violence from the ongoing insurgency. Against that background,…

February 16, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: The June 30 Handover

This publication is now archived. What is the plan for the June 30 transfer of sovereignty to Iraq?It’s a work-in-progress. The date won’t change, U.S. and U.N. officials say, but much else remains u…

February 16, 2005

Middle East and North Africa
MIDDLE EAST: Pivotal Issues

This publication is now archived. Why have Palestinian prisoners and the West Bank security fence become the central issues of the Arab-Israeli peace process?Neither issue is part of the so-called ro…

February 22, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Debaathification

This publication is now archived. How much influence will ex-Baathists have in the new Iraqi government?That remains to be seen. Prominent Shiite and Kurdish leaders whose coalitions control some 75 …