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June 5, 2009
A promising sign for Iraq

It has to be a clear sign of progress in Iraq that Stephen Colbert is planning to broadcast from Baghdad next week.

The indicator chart looks like this:

Year           Broadcasts of late night American comedy from Iraq for a USO tour

2003          0
2004          0
2005          0
2006          0
2007          0
2008          0
2009          1


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Nina Hachigian is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and the co-author of “The Next American Century: How the U.S. Can Thrive as Other Powers Rise.” She has worked on the staff of the National Security Council in the White House and been a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation. She specializes in U.S.-China relations and great power relationships, multilateral institutions and U.S. foreign policy.

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