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May 20, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Insurgency Goals

This publication is now archived. What is driving the Iraqi insurgency?Two years after the inception of the insurgency, experts remain divided on what principal force is fueling it. Experts say the i…

August 1, 2005

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
EGYPT: Islamist Opposition Groups

This publication is now archived. Which Islamist groups are currently operating in Egypt?Islamic opposition groups have been active in Egypt for decades. The nation’s latest terror attacks--which kil…

August 24, 2005

Elections and Voting
EGYPT: Elections

This publication is now archived. What is expected to happen in Egypt’s presidential election?President Hosni Mubarak is widely expected to win another six-year term when Egypt holds its first multi-…

September 13, 2005

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
IRAQ: Status of Iraq’s insurgency

This publication is now archived. What is the status of Iraq’s insurgency? Despite some political progress, Iraq’s insurgency shows few signs of waning, experts say. The most recent attack—a series o…

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 …

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…

September 30, 2005

Democracy
Turkey’s EU Bid

This publication is now archived. What is the status of Turkey’s attempt to join the European Union (EU)?Accession talks between Turkey and the EU are scheduled to begin Monday, October 3. However, l…

November 9, 2005

Egypt
Egypt’s Parliamentary Elections

This publication is now archived. What are the elections for?Voters head to the polls November 9 in Cairo and seven other Egyptian provinces in the first of three rounds of balloting for the 444 seat…

January 27, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Training Iraqi Forces

This publication is now archived. How many Iraqi troops are fully trained?Some 40,000 Iraqi security force members “can go anywhere in the country and take on almost any threat,” General Richard B. M…

February 7, 2005

Palestinian Territories
MIDDLE EAST: After Arafat

This publication is now archived. Who is Yasir Arafat’s likely successor?Experts say there is no Palestinian politician who can fully step into the role of Yasir Arafat, the ailing president of the P…