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Crisis in the Central African Republic

Crisis in the Central African Republic

Date: May 14, 2014
Creator: Arieff, Alexis
Description: This report provides background on the evolving political, security, and humanitarian crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR), which began when a fractious rebel coalition seized control of the central government in March 2013. The report also describes U.S. policy responses and analyzes possible issues for Congress, including oversight of U.S. humanitarian assistance and support for international stabilization efforts in CAR.
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Armed Conflict in Syria: Overview and U.S. Response

Armed Conflict in Syria: Overview and U.S. Response

Date: May 5, 2014
Creator: Blanchard, Christopher M.; Humud, Carla E. & Nikitin, Mary Beth D.
Description: This report discusses the recent conflict in Syria including an overview of the situation, information about anti- and pro-Asad forces, background on chemical weapons and disarmament, plans for U.S. policy and assistance, and a general sense of the future outlook.
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Venezuela: Background and U.S. Relations

Venezuela: Background and U.S. Relations

Date: May 16, 2014
Creator: Sullivan, Mark P.
Description: This report discusses the current United States relation with Venezuela, including background on the political situation and recent developments, the economic conditions, relevant U.S. policies, and the legislative initiatives in the 111th and 112th Congresses. The United States traditionally has had close relations with Venezuela, a major supplier of foreign oil, but there has been friction in relations under the government of populist President Hugo Chávez. U.S. officials have expressed concerns about human rights, Venezuela's military arms purchases, its relations with Cuba and Iran, and its efforts to export its brand of populism to other Latin American countries.
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Iran Sanctions

Iran Sanctions

Date: May 7, 2014
Creator: Katzman, Kenneth
Description: This report discusses the recent development regarding the negotiations with Iran about its nuclear program. It provides background information on Iranian nuclear program and debates the November 24 Joint Plan of Action Elements.
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U.S.-Vietnam Nuclear Cooperation Agreement: Issues for Congress

U.S.-Vietnam Nuclear Cooperation Agreement: Issues for Congress

Date: May 30, 2014
Creator: Nikitin, Mary Beth D.; Holt, Mark & Manyin, Mark E.
Description: This report discusses the U.S.-Vietnamese cooperation on nuclear energy and nonproliferation that has grown in recent years along with closer bilateral economic, military, and diplomatic ties.
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Bolivia: In Brief

Bolivia: In Brief

Date: April 17, 2014
Creator: Seelke, Clare Ribando
Description: This report provides background information on Bolivia, an analysis of its current political and economic situation, and an assessment of some key issues in Bolivian-U.S. relations.
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Libya: Transition and U.S. Policy

Libya: Transition and U.S. Policy

Date: May 22, 2014
Creator: Blanchard, Christopher M.
Description: This report discusses the revolution and post-conflict transition in Libya, triggered in mid-February 2011 by a chain of events resulting in the death of the Prime Minister (Qadhafi); a new government was elected in July. The report also looks at the military and economic state of the country, including human rights, Islam and politics, and Libya's oil assets.
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Malaysia: Background and U.S. Relations

Malaysia: Background and U.S. Relations

Date: May 23, 2014
Creator: Rinehart, Ian E.
Description: This report analyzes U.S.-Malaysia relations and the economy, domestic politics, and diplomacy of Malaysia. It also provides background on current events and policy debates, as Congress has expressed interest in a variety of issues in U.S.-Malaysia relations, especially regarding trade, security cooperation, and human rights.
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Jordan: Background and U.S. Relations

Jordan: Background and U.S. Relations

Date: May 8, 2014
Creator: Sharp, Jeremy M.
Description: This report provides an overview of Jordanian politics and current issues in U.S.-Jordanian relations. It provides a brief discussion of the nation's government and economy, as well as Jordan's cooperation in promoting Arab-Israeli peace and other U.S. policy objectives in the Middle East.
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Venezuela: Background and U.S. Relations

Venezuela: Background and U.S. Relations

Date: April 11, 2014
Creator: Sullivan, Mark P.
Description: This report discusses the current Congressional issues in relation to Venezuela, including background on the political situation and recent developments, the economic conditions, relevant U.S. policies, and the legislative initiatives in the 111th and 112th Congresses.
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Nigeria's Boko Haram: Frequently Asked Questions

Nigeria's Boko Haram: Frequently Asked Questions

Date: May 20, 2014
Creator: Blanchard, Lauren Ploch
Description: This report discusses Boko Haram, a violent Nigerian Islamist movement, that has grown increasingly active and deadly in its attacks against state and civilian targets in recent years.
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The United Kingdom and U.S.-UK Relations

The United Kingdom and U.S.-UK Relations

Date: May 5, 2014
Creator: Mix, Derek E.
Description: This report discusses the relations between United Kingdom (UK) and the United States, including a sense of shared history, values, and culture, as well as extensive and long-established cooperation on a wide range of foreign policy and security issues.
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U.S.-Vietnam Nuclear Cooperation Agreement: Issues for Congress

U.S.-Vietnam Nuclear Cooperation Agreement: Issues for Congress

Date: May 13, 2014
Creator: Nikitin, Mary Beth D.; Holt, Mark & Manyin, Mark E.
Description: This report discusses the U.S.-Vietnamese cooperation on nuclear energy and nonproliferation that has grown in recent years along with closer bilateral economic, military, and diplomatic ties.
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Afghanistan: Post-Taliban Governance, Security, and U.S. Policy

Afghanistan: Post-Taliban Governance, Security, and U.S. Policy

Date: July 11, 2014
Creator: Katzman, Kenneth
Description: This report discusses the current political state of Afghanistan, focusing particularly on the influence of the Taliban and other militant groups, and on the leadership of Afghan President Hamid Karzai. This report also discusses the U.S.-Afghanistan relationship, in both the short and long term, and U.S. efforts under the Obama Administration to provide military, reconstructive, and stabilization aid.
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El Salvador: Background and U.S. Relations

El Salvador: Background and U.S. Relations

Date: June 23, 2014
Creator: Seelke, Clare Ribando
Description: This report examines current conditions in El Salvador as well as issues in U.S.-Salvadoran relations.
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U.S.-Taiwan Relationship: Overview of Policy Issues

U.S.-Taiwan Relationship: Overview of Policy Issues

Date: April 22, 2014
Creator: Kan, Shirley A. & Morrison, Wayne M.
Description: This report is a succinct overview of the U.S.-Taiwan relationship including an analysis of issues. For decades, Taiwan has been of significant security, economic, and political interest to the United States. While the United States does not diplomatically recognize Taiwan, it is a significant autonomous actor in the world.
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U.S. Foreign Assistance to Latin America and the Caribbean: Recent Trends and FY2015 Appropriations

U.S. Foreign Assistance to Latin America and the Caribbean: Recent Trends and FY2015 Appropriations

Date: June 3, 2014
Creator: Meyer, Peter J.
Description: This report provides an overview of U.S. assistance to Latin America and the Caribbean. It examines historical and recent trends in aid to the region as well as the Obama Administration's FY2015 request for State Department and U.S Agency for International Development (USAID)-administered assistance. It also tracks congressional action on foreign aid appropriations for Latin America and the Caribbean in FY2015, and raises questions Congress may consider as it appropriates funding for the region.
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Thailand: Background and U.S. Relations

Thailand: Background and U.S. Relations

Date: June 19, 2014
Creator: Chanlett-Avery, Emma & Dolven, Ben
Description: This report looks at the relationship between the U.S. and Thailand, in particular, recent rivalries between populist political forces, nepotism in government, and Thai relationships with neighboring countries.
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U.S.-Mexico Economic Relations: Trends, Issues, and Implications

U.S.-Mexico Economic Relations: Trends, Issues, and Implications

Date: July 1, 2014
Creator: Villarreal, M. Angeles
Description: This report provides an overview of U.S.-Mexico trade and economic trends, the Mexican economy, the effects of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and major trade issues between the United States and Mexico.
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El Salvador: Background and U.S. Relations

El Salvador: Background and U.S. Relations

Date: June 26, 2014
Creator: Seelke, Clare Ribando
Description: This report examines current conditions in El Salvador as well as issues in U.S.-Salvadoran relations.
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U.S.-South Korea Relations

U.S.-South Korea Relations

Date: June 24, 2014
Creator: Manyin, Mark E.; Nikitin, Mary Beth; Chanlett-Avery, Emma; Cooper, William H. & Rinehart, Ian E.
Description: This report contains two main parts: a section describing recent events and a longer background section on key elements of the U.S.-South Korea relationship. The end of the report provides a list of CRS products on South Korea and North Korea.
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Bahrain: Reform, Security, and U.S. Policy

Bahrain: Reform, Security, and U.S. Policy

Date: June 11, 2014
Creator: Katzman, Kenneth
Description: This report discusses the current state of Bahrain, which has undergone substantial political reforms since the late 1990s, but which still suffers from tension between the Shiite majority and the Sunni-led government. It focuses particularly on Bahrain's relationship with Iran and with the United States.
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Ukraine: Current Issues and U.S. Policy

Ukraine: Current Issues and U.S. Policy

Date: June 8, 2014
Creator: Woehrel, Steven
Description: This report offers background information on Ukraine's current political and economic situation, and foreign policy towards NATO (the North Atlantic Treaty Organization), the European Union, and Russia. It also discusses U.S. policy, U.S. aid to Ukraine, the congressional response, and related legislation.
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Armed Conflict in Syria: Overview and U.S. Response

Armed Conflict in Syria: Overview and U.S. Response

Date: June 24, 2014
Creator: Blanchard, Christopher M.; Humud, Carla E. & Nikitin, Mary Beth D.
Description: This report discusses the recent conflict in Syria including an overview of the situation, information about anti- and pro-Asad forces, background on chemical weapons and disarmament, plans for U.S. policy and assistance, and a general sense of the future outlook.
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