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Iraq: Post-Saddam Governance and Security

Iraq: Post-Saddam Governance and Security

Date: July 21, 2008
Creator: Katzman, Kenneth
Description: This report discusses the current political and social climate of Iraq, specifically in regards to the influence of the U.S. military presence over recent years. It addresses planned and possible future efforts under the Obama Administration, including the scheduled gradual troops withdrawal; some U.S. officials believe that a U.S. military presence is needed beyond the scheduled August 31, 2010 date. This report also discusses the continued tensions between various Iraqi sociocultural groups.
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Jamaica: Political and Economic Conditions and U.S. Relations

Jamaica: Political and Economic Conditions and U.S. Relations

Date: February 3, 2006
Creator: Sullivan, Mark P
Description: Although Jamaica has a stable parliamentary democracy and is a middle-income developing country, the government of Prime Minister P.J. Patterson faces several significant challenges. These include a violent crime wave fueled by gangs and drug trafficking; high external debt, estimated at 135% of gross domestic product, that could constrain the government’s social expenditures; and an adult HIV/AIDS infection rate of over 1%. This report discusses U.S. relations with Jamaica, which are close and characterized by significant economic linkages and cooperation on such bilateral issues as anti-drug trafficking measures, hurricane reconstruction support, and efforts to combat the AIDS epidemic.
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Taiwan-U.S. Relations: Recent Developments and Their Policy Implications

Taiwan-U.S. Relations: Recent Developments and Their Policy Implications

Date: September 25, 2008
Creator: Dumbaugh, Kerry
Description: This report focuses on current developments in Taiwan, analyzing how those developments are affecting choices the United States makes about its policy toward Taiwan specifically and toward the People's Republic of China (PRC) more broadly.
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Iraq: Post-Saddam Governance and Security

Iraq: Post-Saddam Governance and Security

Date: February 5, 2009
Creator: Katzman, Kenneth
Description: This report discusses the current political and social climate of Iraq, specifically in regards to the influence of the U.S. military presence over recent years. This report addresses planned and possible future efforts under the Obama Administration, including the scheduled gradual troops withdrawal.
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Russian Political, Economic, and Security Issues and U.S. Interests

Russian Political, Economic, and Security Issues and U.S. Interests

Date: October 6, 2008
Creator: Goldman, Stuart D.
Description: This report discusses the current political and economic conditions in Russia, focusing on the impact of Vladimir Putin's leadership and the leadership of his successor/protégé, Dmitriy Medvedev. The report also discusses the state of the economy since the Soviet collapse in 1999, how the recent global economic downturn has affected Russia, the state of Russia's military, and the current relationship between Russia and the United States.
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Syria: Political Conditions and Relations with the United States After the Iraq War

Syria: Political Conditions and Relations with the United States After the Iraq War

Date: January 10, 2005
Creator: Prados, Alfred B. & Sharp, Jeremy M.
Description: This report focuses on Syria's internal politics and the impact of hostilities in Iraq on Syria's stability and U.S.-Syrian relations. It outlines the development of the regime currently headed by President Bashar al-Asad and its support base; describes potential challenges to the regime; examines the effect of the Iraq war on Syrian domestic politics and U.S.-Syrian relations; and reviews U.S. policy options toward Syria.
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The Republic of the Philippines: Background and U.S. Relations

The Republic of the Philippines: Background and U.S. Relations

Date: January 15, 2009
Creator: Lum, Thomas & Niksch, Larry A.
Description: This report discusses the history and current status of relations between the United States and the Republic of the Philippines (RP), including policy issues and recent political events.
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Liberia's Post-War Recovery: Key Issues and Developments

Liberia's Post-War Recovery: Key Issues and Developments

Date: February 19, 2009
Creator: Cook, Nicolas
Description: This report covers recent political events in Liberia, a small, poor West African country.
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Taiwan-U.S. Relations: Recent Developments and Their Policy Implications

Taiwan-U.S. Relations: Recent Developments and Their Policy Implications

Date: October 3, 2008
Creator: Dumbaugh, Kerry
Description: This report focuses on current developments in Taiwan, analyzing how those developments are affecting choices the United States makes about its policy toward Taiwan specifically and toward the People's Republic of China (PRC) more broadly.
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Iran's Activities and Influence in Iraq

Iran's Activities and Influence in Iraq

Date: January 7, 2009
Creator: Katzman, Kenneth
Description: This report discusses the relationship between Iraq and Iran in the post-Saddam Hussein era, with particular focus on what Iran's intentions and/or long-term goals may be for increasing its influence in Iraq. The report explores the various strategies that Iran has used to spread its influence throughout Iraq's military and political spheres. The report also addresses the United States' concern over the Iran-Iraq relationship, especially as it concerns armed Shiite factions and U.S. efforts to stabilize Iraq.
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