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30 May 2007

Germany: Violence Anticipated at June 2007 G8 Summit

The 2007 Group of Eight (G8) Summit will occur in Heiligendamm, Germany from June 6-8, 2007. Representatives from member nations- the United States, Russia, Germany, France, Japan, Great Britain, Canada, and Italy-will meet at the Kempinski Hotel in the Baltic Sea resort town. In the lead up to the event,

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30 May 2007

Nigeria: Civil Unrest Grows

Civil unrest in the Niger Delta has increased since the conclusion of Nigeria’s controversial presidential election on April 21, 2007. In addition to civil unrest associated with the presidential election, militants have escalated attacks on foreign oil companies operating in the Niger Delta region. These civil protests and militant attacks

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23 May 2007

Venezuela: An Update on Chavez’s Bolivarian Revolution

The Chávez government continues to move aggressively to nationalize key economic sectors in Venezuela. Oil, telecommunications, and power sectors have fallen prey to nationalization. The Chavez government has begun taking initial steps to do the same with television. Likewise Venezuelan banks have been forewarned about the potential for nationalization. Food,

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23 May 2007

Colombia: US Free Trade Agreement

On May 28, 2006 Colombia’s President Alvaro Uribe secured a second four-year presidential term, gaining a better than expected 62 percent of the popular vote. Uribe’s relationship with the Bush administration and the Republican controlled Congress was intact and it appeared his administration was near to obtaining a historic free

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23 May 2007

Cote d’Ivoire: Militias Disarm in Support of Peace Process

In accordance with a peace agreement reached on March 4, 2007 (Previous Report), militia groups in Cote d’Ivoire have begun to disarm. In a largely symbolic ceremony on May 19, 2007, approximately 1,000 weapons were handed over by militia members to Cote d’Ivoire President Laurent Gbagbo. Though most weapons were

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