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November 18, 2005

Venezuela
U.S.-Venezuelan Relations

This publication is now archived. What recent developments have upset U.S.-Venezuelan relations?Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez made headlines at the November Summit of the Americas by helping to un…

January 12, 2006

Wars and Conflict
Is There a Rift in Iraq’s Insurgency?

This publication is now archived. IntroductionU.S. officials in Iraq claim to be holding talks with Sunni Arab members of the insurgency, according to recent news reports. The talks coincide with a r…

February 2, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: The Changing Plan

This publication is now archived. Will Iraq’s transitional government be elected?We don’t know. The issue is at the center of a dispute that has emerged over the Bush administration’s new plan to ret…

January 27, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Quelling the Insurgency

This publication is now archived. What is the plan to quell Iraq’s Sunni insurgency?U.S. officials say that they are developing a strategy with the Iraqi Interim Government (IIG) to take control of c…

February 2, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: The New Bush Plan

This publication is now archived. What is the Bush administration’s new plan for Iraq?The U.S. occupation government agreed November 15 on an accelerated timetable to speed Iraqi self-rule. It revers…

February 3, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Democracy’s Prospects in Iraq

This publication is now archived. What are the prospects for democratic transformationMany experts say Iraq will have some form of elected government within 18 months. That relatively quick timetable…

February 7, 2005

Trade
TRADE: Outsourcing Jobs

This publication is now archived. What’s the debate over outsourcing?Shifting jobs to lower-wage countries--a form of what is known as offshore outsourcing--is an increasingly popular practice among …

February 2, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Military Justice

This publication is now archived. How does the military justice system work?A U.S. soldier who is charged with breaking the law can face one of five types of military justice proceedings, says Lee D…

February 16, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: The Iraqi Economy

This publication is now archived. What’s the state of Iraq’s economy?Iraq’s economy, which suffered badly as a result of years of sanctions and the immediate devastation caused by U.S.-led invasion, …

April 19, 2006

Trade
The Uneasy U.S.-Chinese Trade Relationship

Trade relations between the United States and China have provided enormous benefits to both countries. But a growing U.S. trade deficit, China’s regulation of its currency, and concerns over intellec…