News and Analysis (7/18/08)

Amid concerns over growing conflicts, recent deals and discussions across the Middle East signify foreign policy reassessments, giving some reason to be optimistic:

As increasing numbers of US lawmakers visit Iraq in order to understand current conditions and policy problems…

…the US government recognizes the limits of sheer military might and is now deploying a diverse force of civilian federal employees to help Iraq and Afghanistan reconstruction efforts:

Saying that Hamas-associated charities help the political movement grow, Israel shuts down a school:

Bedouins, Palestinians, and Israeli Arabs are among those most recently arrested in Israel for alleged links to Al Qaeda and planning attacks:

Rising inflation is causing some Gulf states to turn to ineffective government aid programs:

Indonesia strives to include more women in the work environment, but chooses employment quotas as the means to achieve that goal:

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