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February 7, 2005

Defense Technology
DEFENSE: Non-lethal Weapons

This publication is now archived. What are non-lethal weapons?Non-lethal weapons (NLW) are intended to incapacitate people and equipment while limiting unnecessary loss of life and damage to property…

February 7, 2005

International Organizations
U.N. Reform

This publication is now archived. Is reform on the agenda when the U.N. General Assembly opens?Talk of reform at the United Nations--particularly of the Security Council--is not new. But this year, a…

February 7, 2005

Intelligence
INTELLIGENCE: Major Reform Plans Compared

This publication is now archived. What are the differences among the competing congressional proposals to reform the U.S. intelligence community?Congress is considering two different proposals. The S…

February 7, 2005

International Organizations
UNITED NATIONS: Nation-Building

This publication is now archived. What’s the U.N. record on nation-building?Mixed, experts say. While the United Nations has guided several countries through successful postwar transitions, the enorm…

February 17, 2005

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
TERROR: Targeting Banks

This publication is now archived. Why are banks and other financial institutions tempting terror targets?Experts say terrorist groups like al Qaeda seek to deliver a major economic shock to the Unite…

February 17, 2005

Trade
TRADE: The FTAA Meeting

This publication is now archived. What is on the agenda at the FTAA meeting in Miami?When trade ministers from the proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) meet November 20-21, developing coun…

February 17, 2005

International Organizations
UNITED NATIONS: U.N. Reform Panel

This publication is now archived. Who serves on the U.N. reform panel?Members of the High-Level Panel on Threats, Challenges, and Change, created by U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan in November 2003…

February 17, 2005

International Organizations
World Trade Organization

This publication is now archived. What’s on the agenda at the WTO conference?The central issue being negotiated at the September 10-14 World Trade Organizationmeeting in Cancun, Mexico, is expanding …

April 25, 2005

Intelligence
INTELLIGENCE: Negroponte’s Challenges

This publication is now archived. What are the main challenges facing new Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte?He must manage the sprawling U.S. intelligence bureaucracy, oversee the nat…

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…