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China and Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction and Missiles: Policy Issues

China and Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction and Missiles: Policy Issues

Date: January 3, 2014
Creator: Kan, Shirley A.
Description: This report discusses the security problem of China's role in weapons proliferation and issues related to the U.S. policy response since the mid-1990s. China has taken some steps to mollify U.S. and other foreign concerns about its role in weapons proliferation.
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South Africa: Politics, Economy, and U.S. Relations

South Africa: Politics, Economy, and U.S. Relations

Date: December 6, 2013
Creator: Cook, Nicolas
Description: This report discusses the politics and governance of South Africa. South Africa has the largest, most diversified, and highly industrialized economy in Africa. To address diverse challenges, the government is investing billions of dollars to upgrade infrastructure and improve public service delivery, but is likely to face continuing challenges in meeting popular expectations.
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State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs: FY2014 Budget and Appropriations

State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs: FY2014 Budget and Appropriations

Date: January 3, 2014
Creator: Epstein, Susan B.; Tiersky, Alex & Lawson, Marian L.
Description: This report provides a brief overview of the FY2014 State Department, Foreign Operations and Related Programs funding request, as well as top-line analysis of pending House and Senate State-Foreign Operations appropriations proposals.
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Thailand: Background and U.S. Relations

Thailand: Background and U.S. Relations

Date: December 20, 2013
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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Burma's Political Prisoners and U.S. Sanctions

Burma's Political Prisoners and U.S. Sanctions

Date: December 2, 2013
Creator: Martin, Michael F.
Description: This report discusses the release of Burma's political prisoners and the role that plays in U.S. policy and Burma's political future.
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War in Afghanistan: Campaign Progress, Political Strategy, and Issues for Congress

War in Afghanistan: Campaign Progress, Political Strategy, and Issues for Congress

Date: December 17, 2013
Creator: Dale, Catherine
Description: This report describes the current strategic context, the state of the campaign, next steps in the campaign, and what it would take to make campaign gains sustainable; and it offers questions that may be of help to Congress in providing oversight of further U.S. efforts in Afghanistan.
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The New START Treaty: Central Limits and Key Provisions

The New START Treaty: Central Limits and Key Provisions

Date: December 5, 2013
Creator: Woolf, Amy F.
Description: This report provides an overview of the New Strategic Arms Reductions Treaty (START), including a comparison to the original START Treaty, the belief of the Obama Administration and outside analysts that New START will enhance U.S. national security, and the criticisms of those who say that New START is a distraction from more important items on the nonproliferation agenda.
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Nonstrategic Nuclear Weapons

Nonstrategic Nuclear Weapons

Date: January 3, 2014
Creator: Woolf, Amy F.
Description: This report provides basic information about U.S. and Russian nonstrategic nuclear weapons. It begins with a brief discussion of how these weapons have appeared in public debates in the past few decades, then summarizes the differences between strategic and nonstrategic nuclear weapons. It then provides some historical background, describing the numbers and types of nonstrategic nuclear weapons deployed by both nations during the Cold War and in the past decade; the policies that guided the deployment and prospective use of these weapons; and the measures that the two sides have taken to reduce and contain their forces. The report reviews the issues that have been raised with regard to U.S. and Russian nonstrategic nuclear weapons, and summarizes a number of policy options that might be explored by Congress, the United States, Russia, and other nations to address these issues.
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South Africa: Politics, Economy, and U.S. Relations

South Africa: Politics, Economy, and U.S. Relations

Date: December 19, 2013
Creator: Cook, Nicolas
Description: This report provides an overview to South African economy and politics and it discusses the United States relations with the Republic of South Africa.
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U.S.-Taiwan Relationship: Overview of Policy Issues

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

Date: November 18, 2013
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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