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February 2, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: U.S. Troop Rotation

This publication is now archived. How many soldiers are involved in the U.S.Approximately 130,000 U.S. combat troops will leave Iraq in the next four months after deployments of up to one year. They …

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,…

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…

February 15, 2005

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
TERROR: 9/11 Commission

This publication is now archived. What is the 9/11 Commission?The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States is a bipartisan, independent panel. Its 13 members and staff of nearl…

May 6, 2005

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
IRAQ: Insurgents’ Tactics

This publication is now archived. Have Iraq’s insurgents shifted tactics?It’s unclear. In the months after the January 30 elections, insurgent attacks had grown more sophisticated and larger-scale, b…

June 9, 2005

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
IRAQ: Militia Groups

This publication is now archived. What’s the status of Iraq’s various militia groups?Despite repeated U.S. requests for them to disband, Iraq’s various ethnic and sectarian militias continue to exist…

April 27, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Drafting the Constitution

This publication is now archived. What is the status of Iraq’s constitution?After failing to meet the original August 15 deadline, Iraqi leaders pushed the due date to August 22. The 71-member consti…

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…

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 …

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…