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Japan's Foreign Aid

Japan's Foreign Aid

Date: May 5, 1993
Creator: Hankes, Nancy J
Description: None
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Greece Update

Greece Update

Date: June 3, 2004
Creator: Migdalovitz, Carol
Description: None
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The "FTO List" and Congress: Sanctioning Designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations

The "FTO List" and Congress: Sanctioning Designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations

Date: October 21, 2003
Creator: Cronin, Audrey Kurth
Description: None
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Venezuela: Issues for Congress

Venezuela: Issues for Congress

Date: June 27, 2011
Creator: Sullivan, Mark P.
Description: 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. Declining cooperation on anti-drug and anti-terrorism efforts has also been a concern.
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Venezuela: Issues for Congress

Venezuela: Issues for Congress

Date: March 11, 2011
Creator: Sullivan, Mark P.
Description: This report covers the issues Venezuela poses for Congress. It examines the Venezualian political situation, its economic conditions, the United States policy toward Venezuela, and the legislative initiatives of the 111th Congress regarding this foreign nation.
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Reauthorization of the FISA Amendments Act

Reauthorization of the FISA Amendments Act

Date: September 12, 2012
Creator: Liu, Edward C.
Description: This report describes the changes that were made by the FISA Amendments Act within the context of the government's authority to conduct surveillance for foreign intelligence purposes.
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Bangladesh: Political Turmoil and Transition

Bangladesh: Political Turmoil and Transition

Date: May 30, 2008
Creator: Vaughn, Bruce
Description: This report provides background information on the history and geography of Bangladesh. The report discusses the recent developments, the bilateral relations with United States, politics and elections in Bangladesh.
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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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Foreign Aid Reform: Studies and Recommendations

Foreign Aid Reform: Studies and Recommendations

Date: July 28, 2009
Creator: Epstein, Susan B. & Weed, Matthew C.
Description: This report gives a brief history of modern U.S. foreign aid and modern legislative efforts to reform foreign aid practices. The report also examines various recommendations from recent studies relating to foreign aid reform.
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The Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR)

The Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR)

Date: August 27, 2014
Creator: Epstein, Susan B. & Tiersky, Alex
Description: This report briefly discusses the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) that provides short-, medium-, and long-term blueprints for how to advance U.S. foreign policy objectives and values through the operations of both the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
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State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs: FY2016 Budget Overview

State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs: FY2016 Budget Overview

Date: February 9, 2015
Creator: Epstein, Susan B.; Lawson, Marian L. & Tiersky, Alex
Description: This report provides an overview of the FY2016 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (SFOPS) request and account-by-account funding comparisons with FY2014 actuals and FY2015 estimates.
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Building Civilian Interagency Capacity for Missions Abroad: Key Proposals and Issues for Congress

Building Civilian Interagency Capacity for Missions Abroad: Key Proposals and Issues for Congress

Date: February 2, 2012
Creator: Serafino, Nina M.; Dale, Catherine & Towell, Pat
Description: Within the past two decades, prominent foreign policy organizations and foreign policy experts have perceived serious deficiencies in the authorities, organizations, and personnel used to conduct interagency missions that prevent the United States from exercising its power to full advantage. For the 112th Congress, proposals to address these problems may be of interest for their perceived potential not only to enhance performance, but also to save money by streamlining processes, encouraging interagency cooperation, and reducing duplication. These proposals also provide context for current and recent legislation, including the Interagency Personnel Rotation Act of 2011 (S. 1268 and H.R. 2314) and the Contingency Operations Oversight and Interagency Enhancement Act of 2011 (H.R. 3660), as well as the new Global Security Contingency Fund contained in the FY2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA, Section 1207, H.R. 1540, P.L. 112-81, signed into law December 31, 2011). The FY2012 NDAA requires the President to submit to Congress a “whole-of-government” implementation plan.
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Continuity of Government: Current Federal Arrangements and the Future

Continuity of Government: Current Federal Arrangements and the Future

Date: August 5, 2005
Creator: Relyea, Harold C
Description: Continuity of government refers to the continued functioning of constitutional government under all circumstances. Arrangements for the continued operation of the federal government in the event of a national emergency or catastrophe are specified in law, policy, and plans, some of which are not public information, given their sensitive, contingent status. This report reviews the public record concerning federal continuity of government arrangements.
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Embassy Security: Background, Funding, and the Budget

Embassy Security: Background, Funding, and the Budget

Date: October 4, 2001
Creator: Epstein, Susan B
Description: The September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon led to the closing the following day of 50 of the nearly 260 U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide. A week later, however, all U.S. facilities were open for business. Additionally, three embassies – in Pakistan, Yemen, and Turkmenistan – allowed for voluntary evacuations immediately after the attack. In the months prior to the attack, travel warnings were issued and embassies were put on high alert as Osama bin Laden had issued vague, but credible, threats against Americans and American interests around the world.
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Foreign Policy Budget for FY2002

Foreign Policy Budget for FY2002

Date: April 12, 2001
Creator: Epstein, Susan B & Nowels, Larry
Description: None
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Continuity of Government: Current Federal Arrangements and the Future

Continuity of Government: Current Federal Arrangements and the Future

Date: November 7, 2003
Creator: Relyea, Harold C
Description: Continuity of government refers to the continued functioning of constitutional government under all circumstances. Arrangements for the continued operation of the federal government in the event of a national emergency or catastrophe are specified in law, policy, and plans, some of which are not public information, given their sensitive, contingent status. This report reviews the public record concerning federal continuity of government arrangements.
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Continuity of Government: Current Federal Arrangements and the Future

Continuity of Government: Current Federal Arrangements and the Future

Date: January 7, 2005
Creator: Relyea, Harold C
Description: Continuity of government refers to the continued functioning of constitutional government under all circumstances. Arrangements for the continued operation of the federal government in the event of a national emergency or catastrophe are specified in law, policy, and plans, some of which are not public information, given their sensitive, contingent status. This report reviews the public record concerning federal continuity of government arrangements.
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Immunities Accorded to Foreign Diplomats, Consular Officers, and Employees of International Organizations Under U.S. Law

Immunities Accorded to Foreign Diplomats, Consular Officers, and Employees of International Organizations Under U.S. Law

Date: November 8, 2005
Creator: Garcia, Michael John
Description: None
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Foreign Operations (House)/State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (Senate): FY2006 Appropriations

Foreign Operations (House)/State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (Senate): FY2006 Appropriations

Date: November 2, 2005
Creator: Nowels, Larry & Epstein, Susan B.
Description: This report is a guide to one of the regular appropriations bills that Congress considers each year. It is designed to supplement the information provided by the House Subcommittee on Foreign Operations and the Senate Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs. It summarizes the status of the bill, its scope, major issues, funding levels, and related congressional activity, and is updated as events warrant.
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Private Security Contractors in Iraq: Background, Legal Status, and Other Issues

Private Security Contractors in Iraq: Background, Legal Status, and Other Issues

Date: September 29, 2008
Creator: Elsea, Jennifer K.
Description: This report summarizes what is currently known publicly about companies that provide personnel for security missions in Iraq and some sources of controversy surrounding them. The report also summarizes pertinent legislative proposals.
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U.S. Embassy in Iraq

U.S. Embassy in Iraq

Date: October 10, 2007
Creator: Epstein, Susan B.
Description: This report discusses issues with the U.S. Embassy in Iraq such as the potential rising cost, delay in opening, quality of construction, and reported assertions of trafficking-like labor practices by First Kuwaiti General Trade and Contracting Company, the primary builder of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.
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President Obama's Historic Visit to Cuba

President Obama's Historic Visit to Cuba

Date: March 25, 2016
Creator: Sullivan, Mark P.
Description: This report briefly discusses the details of President Obama's visit to Cuba. Before the trip, the White House set forth the goals of the visit, stating that the President would build on progress toward normalizing relations, including advancing commercial and people-to-people ties and expressing support for human rights.
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Private Security Contractors in Iraq: Background, Legal Status, and Other Issues

Private Security Contractors in Iraq: Background, Legal Status, and Other Issues

Date: May 28, 2004
Creator: Elsea, Jennifer K. & Serafino, Nina M.
Description: This report summarizes what is currently known publicly about companies that provide personnel for security missions in Iraq and some sources of controversy surrounding them. The report also summarizes pertinent legislative proposals.
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Cuba: U.S. Restrictions on Travel and Remittances

Cuba: U.S. Restrictions on Travel and Remittances

Date: January 18, 2011
Creator: Mark P. Sullivan
Description: On January 14, 2011, the Obama Administration announced a series of policy changes further easing restrictions on travel and remittances to Cuba. This report discusses the history of travel restrictions to Cuba, changes set to take place, and related legislative initiatives.
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