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The November 2015 Terrorist Siege in Mali

The November 2015 Terrorist Siege in Mali

Date: November 23, 2015
Creator: Blanchard, Lauren P.; Renard, Emily & Arieff, Alexis
Description: On November 20, 2015, gunmen laid siege to the Radisson Blu, a hotel popular with foreigners in Mali's capital, Bamako. This report discusses issues for Congress in the wake of the attack.
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Iran Nuclear Agreement

Iran Nuclear Agreement

Date: November 20, 2015
Creator: Katzman, Kenneth & Kerr, Paul K.
Description: This report provides background on the agreement negotiated by Iran and six other countries (the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, China, and Germany--collectively known as the P5+1) regarding Iran's nuclear program, and discusses the implications for U.S.-Iran relations.
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A Shift in the International Security Environment: Potential Implications for Defense--Issues for Congress

A Shift in the International Security Environment: Potential Implications for Defense--Issues for Congress

Date: November 20, 2015
Creator: O'Rourke, Ronald
Description: This report briefly describes the shift in the international security environment that some observers believe has occurred, and identifies some defense related issues for Congress that could arise from it. Congress's decisions on these issues could have significant implications for U.S. defense capabilities and funding requirements.
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State Sponsors of Acts of International Terrorism - Legislative Parameters: In Brief

State Sponsors of Acts of International Terrorism - Legislative Parameters: In Brief

Date: November 19, 2015
Creator: Rennack, Dianne E.
Description: This brief report provides information on legislation that authorizes the designation of any foreign government as a state sponsor of acts of international terrorism.
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Coalition Contributions to Countering the Islamic State

Coalition Contributions to Countering the Islamic State

Date: November 18, 2015
Creator: McInnis, Kathleen J.
Description: This report discusses the formation of the Islamic State. Some 60 nations and partner organizations agreed to participate, contributing either military forces or resources (or both) to the campaign. In Brussels in December 2014, these 60 partners agreed to organize themselves along five "lines of effort," with at least two countries in the lead for each.
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The Iran Hostages: Efforts to Obtain Compensation

The Iran Hostages: Efforts to Obtain Compensation

Date: November 2, 2015
Creator: Elsea, Jennifer K.
Description: This report outlines the history of various efforts relating to benefits for victims of the 1979-1981 Iran Hostage Crisis, and describes several bills currently before Congress: the Justice for Former American Hostages in Iran Act of 2015, S. 868, a companion bill, H.R. 3338, and Section 122 of the Department of State Operations Authorization and Embassy Security Act, Fiscal Year 2016, S. 1635.
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Aiding Israel after the Iran Nuclear Deal: Issues for Congress

Aiding Israel after the Iran Nuclear Deal: Issues for Congress

Date: October 30, 2015
Creator: Sharp, Jeremy M.
Description: This report discusses recent indications from the Obama administration that the United States may provide Israel with additional military aid during the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran.
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The European Union (EU): Current Challenges and Future Prospects in Brief

The European Union (EU): Current Challenges and Future Prospects in Brief

Date: October 27, 2015
Creator: Archick, Kristin
Description: This report provides a brief history of the EU and the major simultaneous challenges currently facing the EU as an institution. It also discusses the potential implications both for the EU itself and for U.S.-EU relations.
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Iran Nuclear Agreement

Iran Nuclear Agreement

Date: October 27, 2015
Creator: Katzman, Kenneth & Kerr, Paul K.
Description: This report discusses the recently finalized Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that attempts to ensure that Iran's nuclear program can be used for purely peaceful purposes, in exchange for a broad suspension of U.S., European Union (EU), and United Nations sanctions.
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U.S. Foreign Assistance to the Middle East: Historical Background, Recent Trends, and the FY2016 Request

U.S. Foreign Assistance to the Middle East: Historical Background, Recent Trends, and the FY2016 Request

Date: October 19, 2015
Creator: Sharp, Jeremy M. & Humud, Carla E.
Description: This report is an overview of U.S. foreign assistance to the Middle East, including a brief historical review of foreign aid levels, a description of specific country programs, and an analysis of current foreign aid issues. The Middle East is perennially a major focus of interest as Congress exercises these powers.
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