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BAE Bribery Scandal Shows Saudi Oil Won't Hurt Shareholders

with Daniel Pipesvia Bloomberg
Sunday, July 11, 2004

Saudi Arabian oil and sales of armored vehicles to the U.S. military may protect BAE Systems Plc, Europe's biggest defense contractor, from bribery allegations linked to a 43 billion-pound ($85 billion) weapons deal...

The False Promise of Arab Liberals

by Jon B. Altermanvia Policy Review
Tuesday, June 1, 2004

America’s approach to reform may be self-defeating

The Promise of Arab Liberalism

by Tamara Cofman Wittesvia Policy Review
Tuesday, June 1, 2004

America’s role in Middle East reform

The Religious Sources of Islamic Terrorism

by Shmuel Barvia Policy Review
Tuesday, June 1, 2004

What the fatwas say

Analysis and Commentary

The Flat Tax in Iraq: Much Ado About Nothing—So Far

by Alvin Rabushkavia russianeconomy.org
Thursday, May 6, 2004

Supporters and opponents of the flat tax have spilled considerable ink debating the merits of a 15% flat tax on personal income in Iraq that was implemented on January 1, 2004.

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Road Map to Nowhere

by Robert Zelnickvia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 30, 2004

Why the “road map to peace” has reached a dead end. By Hoover fellow Robert Zelnick.

An Oasis

by Peter Berkowitzvia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 30, 2004

Women in Kuwait have made significant advances in their pursuit of civil rights. Could Kuwait become a model for other Arab states? By Hoover fellow Peter Berkowitz.

The Long Haul

by Larry Diamondvia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 30, 2004

Helping Iraq to establish a free and democratic society is the most important task our nation will face for years to come. By Larry Diamond.

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Solidarity with Iran

by Abbas Milani, Michael McFaulvia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 30, 2004

Iran’s hard-liners recently strengthened their hold on power by making huge wins in a rigged parliamentary election. In light of this electoral coup, are the prospects for democratic reform in Iran doomed? By Hoover fellows Michael McFaul and Abbas Milani.

Israel and the Question of the National State

by Ran Halévivia Policy Review
Thursday, April 1, 2004

The Jewish state’s existence is an affront to postnationalism