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U.S. Occupation Assistance: Iraq, Germany, and Japan Compared

U.S. Occupation Assistance: Iraq, Germany, and Japan Compared

Date: March 23, 2006
Creator: Serafino, Nina M; Tarnoff, Curt & Nanto, Dick K
Description: None
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U.S. Aid to the Palestinians

U.S. Aid to the Palestinians

Date: February 2, 2006
Creator: Sharp, Jeremy M
Description: None
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The World Trade Organization: The Hong Kong Ministerial

The World Trade Organization: The Hong Kong Ministerial

Date: January 20, 2006
Creator: Fergusson, Ian F; Cooper, William H; Jones, Vivian C; Langton, Danielle; Hanrahan, Charles E; Fletcher, Susan R et al.
Description: The World Trade Organization (WTO) held its 6th Ministerial summit in Hong Kong from December 13-18, 2005. WTO Ministerials are held every two years to bring together trade ministers from member states, often to make political decisions for the body. Although an original goal of the Ministerial was to agree on a package of modalities (methods by which the round is negotiated) for the ongoing Doha Development Agenda (DDA) round of trade negotiations, this aim was dropped in order to avoid a high-profile failure similar to previous Ministerials at Cancun and Seattle. Rather, members agreed to some modest advancements in agriculture, industrial tariffs, and duty and quota-free access for least developed countries. The final outcome of these negotiations could provide a substantial boost to the world economy, but if the round itself is not completed, there may be repercussions for the WTO as an institution and for the architecture of the world trading system.
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The Strategic Defense Initiative: Program Facts

The Strategic Defense Initiative: Program Facts

Date: July 22, 1987
Creator: Hildreth, Steven A
Description: None
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The Strategic Defense Initiative: Issues for Phase 1 Deployment

The Strategic Defense Initiative: Issues for Phase 1 Deployment

Date: March 7, 1988
Creator: Hildreth, Steven A
Description: None
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The Group of Eight Summits: Evolution and Possible Reform

The Group of Eight Summits: Evolution and Possible Reform

Date: March 17, 2006
Creator: Weiss, Martin A
Description: This report discusses the Group of Eight (G8) summit, which is a forum to informally discuss and create policies on major foreign policy issues among the heads of state of the United States, France, Germany, Canada, Italy, the United Kingdom, Japan, and Russia.
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The Former Soviet Union and U.S. Foreign Assistance in 1992: The Role of Congress

The Former Soviet Union and U.S. Foreign Assistance in 1992: The Role of Congress

Date: May 20, 2004
Creator: Tarnoff, Curt
Description: This report discusses the key role Congress played in formulating an aid program for the former Soviet Union in 1992. Focusing on tensions in the political and legislative system, it delineates congressional achievements — chief of which was the Freedom Support Act. The legislation that was ultimately produced became the basis on which future debate would be conducted regarding how the United States could continue to influence events in the former Soviet Union and assist its transition to an open market economy and democratic institutions.
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Congress and Foreign Policy: Selected References

Congress and Foreign Policy: Selected References

Date: January 1, 1988
Creator: Shapiro, Sherry
Description: This spreading list presents literature on the role of Congress in the conduct of foreign relations. Citations include such topics as the relationship between Congress and the executive, role of committees, and the impact of foreign policy decisions. The focus is on the current literature, but older materials are included to provide historical background on this topic.
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World Trade Organization (WTO): Issues in the Debate on U.S. Participation

World Trade Organization (WTO): Issues in the Debate on U.S. Participation

Date: June 9, 2005
Creator: Fergusson, Ian F & Sek, Lenore
Description: In a report submitted to Congress on March 2, 2005 on the costs and benefits of continued participation in the WTO, the Administration cited a number of statistics that show growth in the U.S. and world economies since establishment of the WTO. Whether the growth cited was the result exclusively or mainly of activity in the WTO is arguable. Academic studies indicate that the United States would gain substantially from broad reductions in trade barriers worldwide. At the same time, some workers and industries might not share in those gains. Questions of governance and power are among the issues at the heart of the debate on the WTO. Major decisions in the WTO are made by member governments, who determine their negotiating positions, file dispute challenges, and implement their decisions. However, some challenge the claim that the WTO is democratic in nature by arguing that smaller countries are left out of the decisionmaking and that governments tend to represent large commercial interests only.
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United States-Southern African Customs Union (SACU) Free Trade Agreement Negotiations: Background and Political Issues

United States-Southern African Customs Union (SACU) Free Trade Agreement Negotiations: Background and Political Issues

Date: January 3, 2005
Creator: Langton, Danielle
Description: None
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