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New Year Brings Nothing New in Pyongyang

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New Year Brings Nothing New in Pyongyang

The latest deal aimed at stripping North Korea of nuclear weapons, touted by the Bush administration as a breakthrough (PBS) when first proferred last year, absorbed a blow on New Year's. Pyongyang proved true to form in missing a critical deadline (LAT) for shutting down elements of its nuclear program and releasing data on its October 2006 nuclear test blast.


By CFR, USA.


Humanitarian Intervention Policy Resource.


U.S.-Pakistan Policy After Bhutto

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U.S.-Pakistan Policy After Bhutto

The assassination of Pakistan’s former prime minister and iconic opposition leader, Benazir Bhutto, and the ensuing violence (NYT) there threatens the stability and the political future of the country. The United States had hoped for a deal between Bhutto and Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf, expecting that her return to power would lend legitimacy to Musharraf’s increasingly unpopular government. That plan died with Bhutto, and calls from President Bush for Pakistan to go ahead with a January 8 election also fell short, with the electoral commission announcing the vote will be delayed until February 18 (AP).


By CFR, USA.


Humanitarian Policy Resource.


Turning Water into Gold

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Turning Water into Gold

Though it's getting drenched this week (AJC), the city of Atlanta, Georgia, is running out of water (CNN). The city has suffered from an ongoing drought, but officials also now admit their failure to act (LAT) on warnings of environmentalists and federal officials amid “years of recent explosive growth.” Facing a problem of emergency proportions, Atlanta has earmarked $4 billion to upgrade water infrastructure, including water capacity.


By CFR, USA.


Humanitarian Policy Resource.


Marching into Cyberspace

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Marching into Cyberspace

When Rear Admiral Mark Fox kicked off the Defense Department’s first briefing for online journalists in February 2007, he made no secret of his views on traditional media (PDF). “I know you guys dig into many of these issues deeper than most of the journalists I regularly deal with here,” Fox, then the communications director for Multi-National Force-Iraq, said by telephone from Baghdad. “I appreciate how bloggers allow [us] to get our message through the media filter directly to the American people.”


By CFR, USA.


Humanitarian Policy Resource.