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Interrogation of Detainees: Overview of the McCain Amendment

Interrogation of Detainees: Overview of the McCain Amendment

Date: September 25, 2006
Creator: Garcia, Michael John
Description: Controversy has arisen regarding U.S. treatment of enemy combatants and terrorist suspects detained in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other locations, and whether such treatment complies with related U.S. statutes and treaties. Certain provisions of the Detainee Treatment Act (DTA), first introduced by Senator John McCain, have popularly been referred to as the "McCain Amendment." This report discusses the McCain amendment and also discusses the application of the McCain Amendment by the DOD in the updated 2006 version of the Army Field Manual.
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IMF Reforms: Issues for Congress

IMF Reforms: Issues for Congress

Date: December 12, 2012
Creator: Nelson, Rebecca M. & Weiss, Martin A.
Description: Report that provides information about the reforms made by the Board of Governors of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in December 2010, Congress's role in the reform process, and how the reforms could affect U.S. interests at the IMF.
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Foreign Aid: An Introduction to U.S. Programs and Policy

Foreign Aid: An Introduction to U.S. Programs and Policy

Date: February 10, 2011
Creator: Tarnoff, Curt & Lawson, Marian Leonardo
Description: This report provides an overview of the U.S. foreign assistance program by answering frequently asked questions on the subject. It is intended to provide a broad view of foreign assistance over time.
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Foreign Aid Reform, National Strategy, and the Quadrennial Review

Foreign Aid Reform, National Strategy, and the Quadrennial Review

Date: February 15, 2011
Creator: Epstein, Susan B.
Description: This report addresses foreign aid reform through early 2011. Several development proponents, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and policymakers have pressed Congress to reform U.S. foreign aid capabilities to better address 21st century development needs and national security challenges. Foreign aid reform may continue to be a concern in the 112th Congress.
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Global Access to Clean Drinking Water and Sanitation: U.S. and International Programs

Global Access to Clean Drinking Water and Sanitation: U.S. and International Programs

Date: September 10, 2012
Creator: Salaam-Blyther, Tiaji
Description: Report that focuses on bilateral water supply, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) schemes authorized by the Water for the Poor Act. This report identifies some issues that donors and U.S. agencies face while carrying out global drinking water and sanitation projects.
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Latin America: Terrorism Issues

Latin America: Terrorism Issues

Date: July 11, 2013
Creator: Sullivan, Mark P. & Beittel, June S.
Description: Report regarding U.S. attention to terrorism in Latin America, which has intensified in the aftermath of the September 2001 terrorist attacks. The report talks about the 112th Congress's initiatives that have been introduced related to terrorism issues in the Western Hemisphere regarding Mexico, Venezuela, and the activities of Iran and Hezbollah.
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Latin America: Terrorism Issues

Latin America: Terrorism Issues

Date: June 30, 2006
Creator: Sullivan, Mark P.
Description: In the aftermath of the September 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., U.S. attention to terrorism in Latin America intensified, with an increase in bilateral and regional cooperation. Latin American nations strongly condemned the attacks. This report outlines the U.S.-Latin American relationship in regards to terrorism, including several pieces of international counterterrorism legislation, including the Inter-American Convention Against Terrorism and the Organization of American States.
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Latin America: Terrorism Issues

Latin America: Terrorism Issues

Date: March 2, 2012
Creator: Sullivan, Mark P.
Description: U.S. attention to terrorism in Latin America intensified in the aftermath of the September 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, with an increase in bilateral and regional cooperation. Over the past several years, policymakers have been concerned about Iran's increasing activities in Latin America, particularly its relations with Venezuela, although there has been disagreement over the extent and significance of Iran's relations with the region. In the 112th Congress, several initiatives have been introduced related to terrorism issues in the Western Hemisphere regarding Mexico, Venezuela, and the activities of Iran and Hezbollah, and several oversight hearings have been held.
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The Law of the Sea Convention and U.S. Policy

The Law of the Sea Convention and U.S. Policy

Date: June 16, 2006
Creator: Browne, Marjorie Ann
Description: On November 16, 1994, the U.N. Law of the Sea Convention entered into force but without accession by the United States. The major part of the 1982 Law of the Sea Convention had been supported by U.s. Administrations, beginning with President Reagan, as fulfilling U.S. interests in having a comprehensive legal framework relating to competing uses of the world's oceans. However, the United States and many industrialized countries found some of the provisions relating to deep seabed mining in Part XI and Annexes III and IV of the Convention contrary to their interests and would not sign or act to ratify the Convention. A number of questions face the Senate as it considers the Convention/Agreement package, including the following: 1) Does the Agreement sufficiently resolve opposing concerns about the deep seabed mining provisions? 2) What precedent does U.S. acceptance of the Convention/Agreement definition of the common heritage of mankind concept establish? 3) What authority should Congress exert over the expenses of another international organization (the International Seabed Authority)?
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Withdrawal from the ABM Treaty: Legal Considerations

Withdrawal from the ABM Treaty: Legal Considerations

Date: December 31, 2002
Creator: Ackerman, David M
Description: On December 13, 2001, President Bush gave formal notice to Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and the Ukraine that the United States was withdrawing from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty because of the constraints it imposes on the testing of missile defense systems; and six months later, on June 13, 2002, the treaty effectively terminated. The ABM Treaty has been in force since 1972. Pertinent legal questions that have been raised about U.S. withdrawal concern whether the treaty allows it; if so, the procedure to be followed; and, finally, the constitutionality of the President doing so unilaterally without the involvement of the Senate or Congress. This report briefly discusses these issues, as well as the recent federal district court decision in Kucinich v. Bush dismissing a suit by 32 members of the House challenging the constitutionality of the President’s action.
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Cultural Property: International Conventions and United States Legislation

Cultural Property: International Conventions and United States Legislation

Date: April 8, 2004
Creator: Elsea, Jennifer K & Garcia, Michael John
Description: This report describes relevant treaties, U.N. Security Council Resolution 1483, current U.S. law, and proposed legislation, including H.Con.Res. 113, the Iraq Cultural Protection Act (H.R. 2009 and H.R. 3497), and the Emergency Protection for Iraqi Cultural Antiquities Act of 2004 (S. 1291 and S. 671, the latter of which has passed the Senate as an engrossed amendment to H.R. 1047, the Miscellaneous Trade and Technical Corrections Act of 2004).
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International Financial Institutions:  Funding U.S. Participation

International Financial Institutions: Funding U.S. Participation

Date: May 3, 2005
Creator: Sanford, Jonathan E
Description: None
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New IMF Conditionality Guidelines

New IMF Conditionality Guidelines

Date: November 19, 2002
Creator: Weiss, Martin A
Description: None
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NPT Compliance:  Issues and Views

NPT Compliance: Issues and Views

Date: April 26, 2005
Creator: Squassoni, Sharon
Description: None
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International Criminal Court: Overview and Selected Legal Issues

International Criminal Court: Overview and Selected Legal Issues

Date: June 5, 2002
Creator: Elsea, Jennifer K
Description: None
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Terrorism in South Asia

Terrorism in South Asia

Date: December 13, 2004
Creator: Kronstadt, K. Alan & Vaughn, Bruce
Description: None
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Al Qaeda: Profile and Threat Assessment

Al Qaeda: Profile and Threat Assessment

Date: August 17, 2005
Creator: Katzman, Kenneth
Description: None
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Terrorism in South Asia

Terrorism in South Asia

Date: August 31, 2005
Creator: Kronstadt, K. Alan & Vaughn, Bruce
Description: None
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A UN Rapid Reaction Force

A UN Rapid Reaction Force

Date: June 29, 1995
Creator: Serafino, Nina M
Description: This report, completed in June 1995, discusses the content and context of the January 1995 proposal by then-United Nations Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali that U.N. Member States consider the creation of a special rapid reaction force to perform U.N. peacekeeping operations. It contains brief background information on similar proposals and a description of the current U.N. "standby forces" system. It reviews the concerns and issues raised by the Boutros-Ghali proposal, including political acceptability, financing, and the problems of force design and operation. It concludes with an analysis of the strategic, budgetary, political and military implications for the United States. This report will not be updated.
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Renditions: Constraints Imposed by Laws on Torture

Renditions: Constraints Imposed by Laws on Torture

Date: September 22, 2005
Creator: Garcia, Michael John
Description: None
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Material Support of Terrorists and Foreign Terrorist Organizations: Expiring Amendments in Brief

Material Support of Terrorists and Foreign Terrorist Organizations: Expiring Amendments in Brief

Date: August 16, 2005
Creator: Doyle, Charles
Description: None
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Material Support of Terrorists and Foreign Terrorist Organizations: Expiring Amendments in Brief

Material Support of Terrorists and Foreign Terrorist Organizations: Expiring Amendments in Brief

Date: September 15, 2005
Creator: Doyle, Charles
Description: None
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Material Support of Terrorists and Foreign Terrorist Organizations: Sunset Amendments

Material Support of Terrorists and Foreign Terrorist Organizations: Sunset Amendments

Date: August 11, 2005
Creator: Doyle, Charles
Description: None
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Terrorist Financing: U.S. Agency Efforts and Inter-Agency Coordination

Terrorist Financing: U.S. Agency Efforts and Inter-Agency Coordination

Date: August 3, 2005
Creator: Weiss, Martin A
Description: None
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