U.S. Foreign Assistance to Central Asia, and More from CRS

09.27.12 | 2 min read | Text by Steven Aftergood

One of the features that make Congressional Research Service reports broadly valuable is that they often reflect the privileged access to executive branch information that is enjoyed by CRS, at least in some areas, compared to what an ordinary member of the public can expect.  So, for example, a newly updated CRS report on Central Asia provides authoritative tabulations of US foreign assistance to Central Asian countries, broken down by country and by year for the past two decades.  Assembling this data independently would be a difficult and time-consuming chore, if it were possible at all.  See Central Asia: Regional Developments and Implications for U.S. Interests, updated September 19, 2012.  (For a critical assessment of US aid to Central Asia based on data previously published by CRS, see “U.S. Military Aid To Central Asia: Who Benefits?” by Joshua Kucera, September 25.)

Some other new and newly updated reports from the Congressional Research Service that materialized on our website include the following.

Prospects for Democracy in Hong Kong: Results of the 2012 Elections, September 14, 2012

Trafficking in Persons: International Dimensions and Foreign Policy Issues for Congress, updated September24, 2012

Energy Policy: Election Year Issues and Legislative Proposals, September 24, 2012

The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 (Post-9/11 GI Bill): Primer and Issues, September 21, 2012

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), updated September 26, 2012

U.S. Public Diplomacy: Legislative Proposals to Amend Prohibitions on Disseminating Materials to Domestic Audiences, September 21, 2012

Mexico: Issues for Congress, updated September 24, 2012

The Eurozone Crisis: Overview and Issues for Congress, updated September 26, 2012