News and Analysis (3/31/08)

Though some fighting remains, hostilities have largely abated as Sadr orders his forces to cease fire and issues a nine-point statement that demands amnesty for his men:

Despite the Bush administration’s grandiose promises and billions in military aid spent, proper training of Iraqi soldiers remains marred by policy blunders, clashing sectarian and political loyalties, and corruption:

Mike Hayden dismisses the intelligence community’s key report in the process of making the claim that Iran is a threat to the US:

Islamabad’s new government means not only a new strategy against Taliban militancy, but greater oversight of the nation’s shadowy intelligence services:

The FBI stumbled on the NSA domestic spying program within 12 hours of its start,  setting off concerns at the Bureau and Justice Department:

Vatican report on global population stats asserts Muslims now surpass Catholics in numbers of followers:


Alejandro Beutel is program assistant for the Minaret of Freedom Institute with expertise in religious freedom, democratization and security issues.

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