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International Drug Control Policy: Background and U.S. Responses

International Drug Control Policy: Background and U.S. Responses

Date: October 16, 2012
Creator: Wyler, Liana Sun
Description: This report discusses challenges created by the global illegal drug trade, including: undermining political and regional stability, bolstering the role and capabilities of transnational criminal organizations in the drug trade, and the burden caused by drug use an addition on local communities and economic development. In addition, this report discusses U.S. policy efforts to thwart illegal drug trade.
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International Drug Trade and U.S. Foreign Policy

International Drug Trade and U.S. Foreign Policy

Date: July 21, 2006
Creator: Perl, Raphael F
Description: None
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Navy Role in Global War on Terrorism (GWOT): Background and Issues for Congress

Navy Role in Global War on Terrorism (GWOT): Background and Issues for Congress

Date: February 6, 2006
Creator: O'Rourke, Ronald
Description: None
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First Responder Initiative: Policy Issues and Options

First Responder Initiative: Policy Issues and Options

Date: December 11, 2002
Creator: Canada, Ben
Description: This report discusses the “First Responder Initiative,” a proposed block grant program to help state and local first responders prepare for possible terrorist attacks. Under the Administration proposal, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) would administer the program, which, if approved, would provide $3.5 billion to states and localities.
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Procedures for Congressional Action in Relation to a Nuclear Agreement with Iran: In Brief

Procedures for Congressional Action in Relation to a Nuclear Agreement with Iran: In Brief

Date: June 23, 2015
Creator: Heitshusen, Valerie
Description: This report provides, in brief, analysis of the congressional procedural provisions laid out in the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 (P.L. 114-17). Only provisions relating to congressional actions are covered in this report.
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U.S. Foreign Assistance to the Middle East: Historical Background, Recent Trends, and the FY2010 Request

U.S. Foreign Assistance to the Middle East: Historical Background, Recent Trends, and the FY2010 Request

Date: July 17, 2009
Creator: Sharp, Jeremy M.
Description: This report is an overview of U.S. foreign assistance to the Middle East from FY2005 to FY2009, and of the FY2010 budget request. It includes a brief history of aid to the region, a review of foreign aid levels, a description of selected country programs, and an analysis of current foreign aid issues.
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South Africa: Current Issues and U.S. Relations

South Africa: Current Issues and U.S. Relations

Date: April 15, 2009
Creator: Ploch, Lauren
Description: This report discusses political, social, and economic issues in South Africa, as well as the country's relationship to the United States.
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The Changing U.S.-Japan Alliance: Implications for U.S. Interests

The Changing U.S.-Japan Alliance: Implications for U.S. Interests

Date: July 23, 2009
Creator: Chanlett-Avery, Emma & Konishi, Weston S.
Description: This report examines policy changes that have driven actual and proposed shifts in the alliance between the U.S. and Japan. Key features of the proposals include a reduction in the number of U.S. Marines in Japan, the relocation of a controversial Marine air base in Okinawa, expanded cooperation in training and intelligence sharing, and command structure changes.
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Madagascar's 2009 Political Crisis

Madagascar's 2009 Political Crisis

Date: May 18, 2009
Creator: Ploch, Lauren
Description: This report discusses political tensions on the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar between President Marc Ravalomanana and Andry Rajoelina, the former mayor of the capital city, which escalated in early 2009, culminating in the President's forced removal from office.
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The Global Peace Operations Initiative: Background and Issues for Congress

The Global Peace Operations Initiative: Background and Issues for Congress

Date: March 19, 2009
Creator: Serafino, Nina M.
Description: This report describes in detail the Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI), the centerpiece of the Bush Administration's efforts to prepare foreign security forces to participate in international peacekeeping operations. This report lists the funding and allocations set aside for GPOI, as well as the function of GPOI and its future.
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Madagascar's 2009 Political Crisis

Madagascar's 2009 Political Crisis

Date: March 25, 2009
Creator: Ploch, Lauren
Description: This report discusses political tensions on the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar between President Marc Ravalomanana and Andry Rajoelina, the former mayor of the capital city, which escalated in early 2009, culminating in the President's forced removal from office.
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Arms Control and Strategic Nuclear Weapons: Unilateral vs. Bilateral Reductions

Arms Control and Strategic Nuclear Weapons: Unilateral vs. Bilateral Reductions

Date: December 17, 2001
Creator: Woolf, Amy F
Description: This report discusses changing U.S. policy and priorities in regards to arms control. The report compares the various strengths and weaknesses of unilateral and bilateral approaches to arms reduction.
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Federal Counter-Terrorism Training: Issues for Congressional Oversight

Federal Counter-Terrorism Training: Issues for Congressional Oversight

Date: August 31, 2006
Creator: Reese, Shawn
Description: This report is an overview of the major training activities and facilities of the federal departments and agencies that provide counter-terrorism training. It identifies some of the issues associated with the training, including the following: possible duplication of federal counter-terrorism training programs; determination of Department of Homeland Security counterterrorism training priorities; and possible redundancy and coordination of DHS counter-terrorism training programs.
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China and "Falun Gong"

China and "Falun Gong"

Date: January 23, 2004
Creator: Lum, Thomas
Description: This report discusses the “Falun Gong” movement, which led to the largest and most protracted public demonstrations in China since the democracy movement of 1989. The People’s Republic of China (PRC) government, fearful of a political challenge and the spread of social unrest, outlawed Falun Gong in July 1999. Despite a massive government campaign against them and harsh punishments meted out to many followers, Falun Gong members continued to stage demonstrations for over two years.
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First Responder Initiative: Policy Issues and Options

First Responder Initiative: Policy Issues and Options

Date: June 19, 2003
Creator: Canada, Ben
Description: This report provides background information and policy analysis pertinent to proposals to restructure first responder assistance programs. Specifically, this report provides information on existing programs, appropriations, legislation in the 108th Congress, and selected policy issues. This report does not discuss all relevant policy issues, but, rather, those issues that may be germane to any significant restructuring of existing programs.
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First Responder Initiative: Policy Issues and Options

First Responder Initiative: Policy Issues and Options

Date: July 8, 2003
Creator: Canada, Ben
Description: This report provides background information and policy analysis pertinent to proposals to restructure first responder assistance programs. Specifically, this report provides information on existing programs, appropriations, legislation in the 108th Congress, and selected policy issues. This report does not discuss all relevant policy issues, but, rather, those issues that may be germane to any significant restructuring of existing programs.
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First Responder Initiative: Policy Issues and Options

First Responder Initiative: Policy Issues and Options

Date: October 7, 2002
Creator: Canada, Ben
Description: Following the terrorist attacks of September 2001, Congress has given considerable attention to the role of first responders in the nation’s homeland security efforts. This report discusses the “First Responder Initiative”, a recent proposal by the Bush Administration to help state and local first responders prepare for possible terrorist attacks.
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First Responder Initiative: Policy Issues and Options

First Responder Initiative: Policy Issues and Options

Date: September 29, 2003
Creator: Canada, Ben
Description: This report provides background information and policy analysis pertinent to proposals to restructure first responder assistance programs. Specifically, this report provides information on existing programs, appropriations, legislation in the 108th Congress, and selected policy issues. This report does not discuss all relevant policy issues, but, rather, those issues that may be germane to any significant restructuring of existing programs.
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First Responder Initiative: Policy Issues and Options

First Responder Initiative: Policy Issues and Options

Date: August 28, 2003
Creator: Canada, Ben
Description: This report provides background information and policy analysis pertinent to proposals to restructure first responder assistance programs. Specifically, this report provides information on existing programs, appropriations, legislation in the 108th Congress, and selected policy issues. This report does not discuss all relevant policy issues, but, rather, those issues that may be germane to any significant restructuring of existing programs.
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First Responder Initiative: Policy Issues and Options

First Responder Initiative: Policy Issues and Options

Date: March 19, 2003
Creator: Canada, Ben
Description: This report discusses a new block grant program proposed by the Bush Administration called the “First Responder Initiative” to help state and local first responders prepare for possible terrorist attacks
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The Persian Gulf and the U.S. Naval Presence: Issues for Congress

The Persian Gulf and the U.S. Naval Presence: Issues for Congress

Date: August 3, 1987
Creator: Collier, Ellen C; Gallis, Paul E; Goldman, Stuart D; Mark, Clyde R; O'Rourke, Ronald & Preece, Richard M
Description: None
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Price Determination in Agricultural Commodity Markets: A Primer

Price Determination in Agricultural Commodity Markets: A Primer

Date: January 6, 2006
Creator: Schnepf, Randy
Description: None
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Primer on P.L. 480 -- Program History, Description, and Operations: A Brief Compilation of Explanatory Documents

Primer on P.L. 480 -- Program History, Description, and Operations: A Brief Compilation of Explanatory Documents

Date: November 13, 1984
Creator: Epstein, Susan B
Description: None
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Proposed U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement: Background and Issues

Proposed U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement: Background and Issues

Date: July 8, 2011
Creator: Villarreal, M. Angeles
Description: This report discusses the proposed U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) signed November 22, 2006, which has not yet been approved by Congress. It includes an overview of the proposed CFTA and U.S.-Colombia trade, background on Colombia, issues for Congress to consider, Colombia's plan to improve labor rights, and the actions that Colombia has already taken to improve violence, labor, and human rights within the country.
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