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    April 2014

    April 24, 2014 - Spotlight on Diversity & Inclusion: Agency Officers Featured on WTOP

    April 24, 2014 - CIA Artifact of the Week: Concealed Camera

    April 17, 2014 - FLASHBACK- April 18, 1983: U.S. Embassy Attacked in Beirut

    April 17, 2014 - Can you name the world’s largest country composed solely of islands? (Hint: 17,508 islands make up this Asian archipelago; some 6,000 are inhabited.)

    April 14, 2014 - CIA Declassifies Agency Role in Publishing Dr. Zhivago (April 11, 2014)

    April 11, 2014 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Algeria; Bolivia; Cabo Verde; Cambodia; Canada; Colombia; Cuba—NDE; Cyprus; Estonia; Ethiopia; France; Germany; Honduras; Korea, North—NDE; Kyrgyzstan; Macedonia; Nigeria; Panama; Peru; Russia; Slovenia; South Sudan; Ukraine; Venezuela; Yemen; and Zambia. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials' names in the country listings during the period March 15 – April 9, 2014.

    April 10, 2014 - Director Brennan Speaks at CIA Officers Memorial Foundation Dinner

    April 10, 2014 - The equator passes through seven African countries, can you name them? Hint: Check the various World Factbook maps that show Africa to come up with the answer.

    April 4, 2014 - Helping Safeguard Our Nation's Secrets - The Publication Review Board

    April 4, 2014 - Dozens of new photos have recently been uploaded for various Central American and Caribbean nations, most notably Anguilla, Belize, the Cayman Islands, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Mexico.

    April 3, 2014 - CIA Artifact of the Week: Modified Ladies Makeup Compact


    March 2014

    March 27, 2014 - Spotlight on Sisterhood at the CIA

    March 27, 2014 - In the Ukraine and Russia entries the following statement has been added to the Government section, “Administrative divisions” field: The United States does not recognize Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the municipality of Sevastopol, nor their redesignation as the Republic of Crimea and the Federal City of Sevastopol.

    March 21, 2014 - CIA Celebrates the Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King (March 20, 2014)

    March 21, 2014 - CIA Celebrates Women's History Month

    March 20, 2014 - CIA Artifact of the Week: William J. Donovan's Boots

    March 20, 2014 - Much of the People and Society section of The World Factbook has been updated with the latest data from the US Census Bureau, including the Demography fields of “Population,” “Age structure,” “Median age,” “Population growth rate,” “Birth rate,” “Death rate,” “Net migration rate,” “Sex ratio,” “Infant mortality rate,” “Life expectancy at birth,” and “Total fertility rate.

    March 20, 2014 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Bangladesh, Bhutan—NDE, Brazil, Burma, Burundi, Canada, Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire, Cyprus, Ecuador, Egypt, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Iran-NDE, Iraq, Italy, Lebanon, Lesotho, Luxembourg, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, South Africa, Sudan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Ukraine, and Zimbabwe. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials' names in the country listings during the period February 12 – March 14, 2014.

    March 14, 2014 - CIA Remembers Agency Hero William Buckley

    March 13, 2014 - CIA Celebrates Black History Month

    March 13, 2014 - CIA Artifact of the Week: Caltrop (Tire Spike)

    March 13, 2014 -In the People and Society section, the ethnicity, language, and religion entries have been updated for dozens of countries.

    March 11, 2014 - Remarks by CIA Director John Brennan as prepared for delivery at the Council on Foreign Relations

    March 7, 2014 - Introducing...CIA's Artifact of the Week

    March 7, 2014 - CIA Artifact of the Week: Eloise Page ID

    March 7, 2014 -The Black Sea is one of the largest seas in Europe. Can you name the six countries that border it? Additionally, can you name the peninsula that extends almost halfway into it and is the site of the strategic naval base of Sevastopol? Refer to any of The World Factbook’s maps showing eastern Europe to find the answers.


    February 2014

    February 27, 2014 - The Evolution of the President's Daily Brief

    February 27, 2014 - In both the Economy and Energy categories, all of the fields have been updated to include information through 2013.

    February 26, 2014 - Remarks As Prepared for Delivery by CIA Director John Brennan at the President's Associates Dinner at the University of Oklahoma

    February 20, 2014 - Jump Start Your Career at the IC Virtual Career Fair

    February 20, 2014 - The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) announced in early January that their office would no longer provide death toll estimates for the nearly three-year-old civil war in Syria because of a lack of verifiable statistics from human rights organizations and OHCHR’s lack of access within Syria. Their last estimate of mid-2013 was approximately 100,000. Estimates by various media sources by the end of January ranged from 96,000 to over 140,000 deaths. As of February, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees estimated there were 6.5 million displaced persons and almost 2.5 million Syrian refugees that had fled to Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey. Check the Syria “Refugees and internally displaced persons” entry in the Transnational Issues section regularly to keep updated on this human tragedy.

    February 18, 2014 -The Population Pyramids found in the People and Society section, "Age structure" field have been updated with 2014 estimated data for all countries.

    February 18, 2014 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Argentina, Bolivia, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Denmark, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Romania, Sudan, Tajikistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, and Venezuela. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials' names in the country listings during the period January 30 - February 12, 2014.

    February 12, 2014 - The CIA and You: CIA's Contributions to Modern Technology

    February 12, 2014 - Studies in Intelligence Vol. 57 No.4 now available on CIA.gov

    February 6, 2014 - Remembering CIA's African American Heroes

    February 6, 2014 - Of the following six Caribbean islands – Aruba, Barbados, Cuba, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Trinidad - which is the northernmost, the easternmost, and the southernmost? Check the Regional and World Maps under the References tab to find the answer.

    February 4, 2014 -Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Andorra; Argentina; Bangladesh; Czech Republic; Estonia; Ethiopia; Germany; Guatemala; Kazakhstan; Kenya; Korea, South; Kuwait; Kyrgyzstan; Latvia; Lithuania; Madagascar; Maldives; Norway; Pakistan; Romania; Saudi Arabia; Somalia; South Sudan; Spain; Swaziland; Tanzania; Ukraine; United Arab Emirates; Uruguay; and Venezuela. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials' names in the country listings during the period January 8 - 29, 2014.

     


    January 2014

    January 30 - Presidential Reflections - A Photo Essay

    January 30 - The fighting and near civil war that broke out in South Sudan in mid-December 2013 was brought to a halt by a 23 January 2014 cease fire. To a great degree, the hostilities took place between the country’s two largest ethnic groups. Can you name them? Check under South Sudan>People and Society>Ethnic groups to find the answer.

    January 23 - A Day in the Life of a CIA Operations Center Officer

    January 23 - CIA Analysts Highlight Value of Declassified Cold War Intelligence Reporting on Warsaw Pact Military Forces

    January 17 - Message from the Director: Honoring Dr. King and His Legacy

    January 16 - CIA Museum Artifact Highlighted on NBC Nightly News

    January 16 - The expansion of the “Ports and terminals” entry was recently completed in the Transportation section for all countries. Where applicable, the following types are now identified: major seaports, river and lake ports, oil/gas terminals, dry bulk cargo ports, container ports, and cruise/ferry ports. Check “Ports and terminals” under the Definitions and Notes page (References tab) for further details.

    January 14 -CIA and the National Archives Present Newly Declassified Documents Detailing Life in the Shadow of the Berlin Wall

    January 9 - CIA Releases Latest Publication, Profiles in Leadership, Directors of the Central Intelligence Agency and Its Predecessors

    January 9 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Central African Republic, Cote d’Ivoire, Ecuador, Germany, Ghana, India, Korea, North—NDE, Lesotho, Liberia, Maldives, Romania, Switzerland, Turkey, and Uzbekistan. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period December 14, 2013- January 7, 2014.

    January 9 - The United Kingdom’s famous Union Jack flag is an amalgamation of three simpler flags featuring crosses: the red Cross of Saint George, the diagonal red Cross (saltire) of Saint Patrick, and the diagonal white Cross of Saint Andrew. There is, however, a national flag that features FIVE crosses. Can you name it? Check the Flags of the World page under the References tab to find the answer - and to get complete flag descriptions.

    January 7 - Posted new publication, Profiles in Leadership: Directors of the Central Intelligence Agency and Its Predecessors.

    January 2 - Storied CIA Driver Retires After 45 Years of Service

     


    December 2013

    December 26 - CIA Supports Annual Toys for Tots Campaign

    December 19 - Actor and Philanthropist Gary Sinise Visits CIA

    December 19 - Statement to Employees by Director John Brennan: Holiday Greetings

    December 19 - New Studies in Intelligence publication CIA at War now available on CIA.gov.

    December 19 - Studies in Intelligence Vol. 57, No. 3 now available on CIA.gov

    December 19 - In the Government category, the “Constitution” entry was recently thoroughly revised, expanded, and updated for all countries and now includes dates of previous constitutions, dates of constitution development and enactment, and amendment dates.

    December 19 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Albania; Algeria; Argentina; Azerbaijan; Bangladesh; Colombia; Denmark; Djibouti; Ethiopia; Georgia; Ireland; Israel; Kazakhstan; Lesotho; Libya; Luxembourg; Madagascar; Maldives; Mali; Pakistan; Paraguay; Poland; Romania; Senegal; Slovenia; Spain; Sudan; Tajikistan; Uzbekistan; Vietnam; Zimbabwe. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials' names in the country listings during the period November 13 - December 13, 2013.

    December 12 - Retired CIA Officers Receive Distinguished Intelligence Cross

    December 12 - CIA Observes Native American Heritage Month

    December 12 - In the Economy sections of most countries the macroeconomic numbers have been updated with the most recent data available.

    December 5 - Newest CIA Museum Artifact Honors Fallen Agency Officer

     


    November 2013

    November 27 - CIA Museum Director Appears on NBC Nightly News

    November 21 - Director Brennan Speaks at OSS Society Awards Dinner

    November 21 - Remarks by Director John O. Brennan as prepared for delivery at the OSS Society Donovan Award Dinner (October 26, 2013)

    November 21 - Only one country straddles all four of the world's hemispheres (the northern and southern, and the eastern and western). Can you name them? Hint: it lies in the Pacific Ocean and can be found on several of The World Factbook's maps including those of the World, Oceans, and Oceania.

    November 14 - Director Brennan Visits Atlanta University Center Consortium Campuses

    November 14 - Brazil is bordered by ten countries, the most of any nation in the Southern Hemisphere. Can you name Brazil’s ten neighbors? Check the Brazil>Geography>Land boundaries entry or view one of the many World Factbook maps on which Brazil appears.

    November 14 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Afghanistan; Angola; Australia; Azerbaijan; Botswana; Brazil; Burundi; Chile; Comoros; Congo, Democratic Republic of the; Congo, Republic of the; Germany; Iran--NDE; Israel; Italy; Lesotho; Macedonia; Madagascar; Malawi; Mozambique; Namibia; Netherlands; New Zealand; Pakistan; Paraguay; Peru; Philippines; Qatar; Russia; Rwanda; Seychelles; Somalia; South Africa; Swaziland; Taiwan--NDE; Tanzania; Uganda; Ukraine; United Kingdom; Venezuela; Vietnam; and Zambia. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period October 30 - November 12, 2013.

    November 13 - Former President Carter Praises CIA for Intelligence Work Leading Up to the 1978 Middle East Peace Accords at Camp David

    November 13 - New Historical Collection on CIA.gov, Intelligence and the Camp David Accords

    November 7 - Molly Hale...Serving the Public Since 2002

    November 7 - Spain is divided into 17 administrative units referred to as autonomous communities. However, it also consists of two autonomous cities and three small islands that are NOT in Europe. Can you name them? See the "Administrative Divisions" entry under Spain>Government to check your answer.

    November 1 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Algeria; Australia; Bulgaria; Burundi; Cambodia; Chile; Cyprus; Dominica; Ethiopia; Finland; Guatemala; Haiti; Holy See (Vatican City); Honduras; Iran--NDE; Kazakhstan; Kiribati; Lesotho; Libya; Malawi; Mongolia; Morocco; Norway; Palau, Romania; Suriname; Trinidad and Tobago; and Uzbekistan. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period September 27 - October 29, 2013.

     


    October 2013

    October 31- CSI Releases First Audio Book: Getting to Know the President (Second Edition)

    October 31- Australia, Brazil, Canada, China and the United States are all roughly the same size in area. Can you rank them from largest to smallest? Hint: Check The World Factbook's Country Comparison feature and go to Geography and then Area.

    October 30 - CIA Releases Historical Documents Tracing Historic Role of Women at CIA

    October 30 - New Historical Collection on CIA.gov, From Typist to Trailblazer

    October 24 - CIA Marks Release of Bosnia Historical Collection

    October 24 - Spanish is generally thought to be the predominant language of Latin America, but on the South American continent four countries use other languages as their primary language. Can you name them? Check the "Languages" entry under People and Society for the various South American countries to determine the answer.

    October 24 - Studies of Intelligence Vol.57, No.2 now available on CIA.gov

    October 17 - Message from the Director: Government Operations Restored

    October 8 - Message from the Director: Decision to Increase Staffing Levels during the Funding Hiatus

     


    September 2013

    September 30 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Afghanistan; Albania; Algeria; Australia; Bahamas, The; Belgium; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Brazil; Brunei; Chad; China; Colombia; Cyprus; Gambia, The; Greece; Grenada; Iceland; India; Indonesia; Iran--NDE; Iraq; Ireland; Israel; Japan; Kazakhstan; Korea, South; Latvia; Lebanon; Madagascar; Maldives; Netherlands; New Zealand; Niger; Pakistan; Palau; Rwanda; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Serbia; Sierra Leone; Slovenia; Somalia; Spain; Sri Lanka; Sweden; Tanzania; Turkmenistan; Uganda; United Arab Emirates; United Kingdom; Uzbekistan; Venezuela; Yemen; Zambia; and Zimbabwe. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period August 28 - September 26, 2013.

    September 30 - New Historical Collection on CIA.gov: Bosnia, Intelligence, and the Clinton Presidency

    September 26 - Flashback: Sept. 26, 2001--CIA is "First In" after September 11th Attacks

    September 26 - The tallest mountain in the former Soviet Union was named Communism Peak (7,495 m; 24,590 ft). It is now called Qullai Ismoili Somoni. Can you identify in which of the five Central Asian countries (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, or Uzbekistan) it is located? Hint: In The World Factbook, check the “Elevation extremes” entry in the Geography sections of these countries to find out.

    September 20 - CIA Officer Receives 2012 Combined Federal Campaign National Heroes Award

    September 20 - In the Transnational Issues section, the “Refugees and internally displaced persons” entry has a new Stateless persons subfield. Statelessness is the condition whereby an individual is not considered a national by any country. Stateless people are denied many basic rights such as access to employment, housing, education, healthcare, and pensions. The UN estimates there may be 12 million stateless people worldwide.

    September 11 - Excerpt from the Director's Message to the Workforce: Remembering 11 September 2001

    September 5 - Remarks as Delivered by Central Intelligence Agency Director John O. Brennan at the International Conference on Cyber Security at Fordham University (8 August 2013)

    September 5 - International Conference on Cyber Security

     


    August 2013

    August 29 - CIA Welcomes Students from the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership

      August 29 - In the People and Society category, several important new demographic fields have been included: "Mother's mean age at first birth," "Contraceptive prevalence rate," and "Child labor - children ages 5-24." "Dependency ratios" - which are a measure of the age structure of a population and which relate the number of individuals that are likely to be economically "dependent" on the support of others - have also been added - after the "Age structure" entry.

      August 29 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Colombia, Haiti, Iran--NDE, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Romania, Serbia, Syria, and Venezuela. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period August 21 - 27, 2013.

      August 22 - Flashback: 13 August 1961-Berlin Wall Divides Tyranny from Freedom

      August 22 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Croatia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Iran--NDE, Iraq, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands, Palau, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Sudan, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Venezuela, and Zambia. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period July 31 - August 20, 2013.

      August 22 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Bhutan--NDE; Cote d'Ivoire; Georgia; Korea, North--NDE; Mexico; Sierra Leone; and Turkmenistan. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period July 24 - 31, 2013.

      August 15 - Pieces of History: Missile Debris from A-12 OXCART

      August 15 - New Photos from various Southeast Asia locales - including Cambodia Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam - were added.

      August 2 - Remembering CIA's Heroes: Barbara A. Robbins

       


      July 2013

      July 25 - HEART - A Photo Essay

      July 25 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Israel; Japan; Korea, North--NDE; Korea, South; Mauritius; Mexico; Turkmenistan; and Uzbekistan. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period July 18 - 23, 2013.

      July 18 - Sabotage: Perfecting the Art of Surprise

      July 18 - In the Geography section, the "Freshwater withdraw" entry has been updated with the latest available data. For many countries, the use and consumption of freshwater is difficult to quantify yet it is a vital resource often under stress. Withdrawal data are compiled by USDA/FAO from national statistical bureaus and independent research projects, and are updated in the Factbook as they become available.

      July 18 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Belarus, Canada, Comoros, Czech Republic, Greece, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Syria, Ukraine, and Venezuela. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period July 10 - 17, 2013.

      July 11 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Andorra; Australia; Benin; Ethiopia; France; Georgia; Guatemala; Honduras; India; Kazakhstan; Korea, South; Malawi; Mexico; Pakistan; Qatar; South Africa; Sri Lanka; Thailand; Togo and Turkmenistan. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period June 26 - July 9, 2013.

      July 11 - New and Improved…CIA.gov RSS Feeds

      July 11 - In the Government category, the "Judicial branch" entry was recently revised, expanded and updated for all countries and now includes three subfields: "highest court," "judge selection" and "term of office and subordinate courts." Under the Reference tab, Definitions and Notes, the "Judicial branch" entry has also been updated.

      July 3 - Message from the Director: Independence Day

      July 3 - In the People and Society category, the "school life expectancy (primary to tertiary education)" entry was recently updated for all countries.

       


      June 2013

      June 27 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, El Salvador, Honduras, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lesotho, Macedonia, Pakistan, and Russia. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period June 19 - 25, 2013.

      June 27 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Macedonia, Nauru, Pakistan, Rwanda, Senegal and Venezuela. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period June 12 - 18, 2013.

      June 26 - Agency Officers Recognize LGBT Pride Month

      June 25 - CIA Recognizes Local Students for Excellence in Science and Technology

      June 24 - CIA Unveils Redesigned Public Website

      June 24 - CIA Launches Redesigned Website, Enhanced Online Features

      June 13 - Agency K-9 Unit Places First in Competition

      June 13 - Refugee numbers - listed in the Transnational Issues section of a World Factbook country entry - recently were update for many countries.

      June 13 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, China, Honduras, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Pakistan, Palau and Venezuela. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period June 5 - 11, 2013.

      June 12 - CIA Senior Leadership Announcement

      June 11 - Statement to the Workforce from D/CIA Brennan about President Obama's Nomination of Stephen Preston as DOD General Counsel (June 10, 2013)

      June 7 - Studies of Intelligence Vol. 57, No. 1 now available on CIA.gov

      June 7 - Spring 2013 Edition of Studies in Intelligence Marks 10-Year Anniversary of Noted Book Critic

      June 6 - CIA Honors Foreign Language Achievement

      June 6 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Denmark, Finland, Greece, Grenada, Iceland, Laos, Latvia, South Africa, Tanzania and Venezuela. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period May 29 – June 4, 2013.

      June 6 - The data on government expenditures, revenues and money supply that appears in the spreadsheet Fiscal and Monetary Data, 2008-12 has been updated. The spreadsheet collates information from past issues of The World Factbook and may be accessed by a link from the World "Economy-overview" entry.

       


      May 2013

      May 30 - Model Making Plays a Dynamic Role in Supporting Intelligence

      May 30 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Finland, Georgia, Iceland, India, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Peru and Russia. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period May 22 - 28, 2013.

      May 24 - A Day in the Life of a CIA Logistics Officer

      May 23 - Although eagles are a common symbol depicted on national flags, a few countries depict other birds. Can you name the Central American nation whose banner carries an image of the distinctive, long-tailed quetzal? Check the Flags of the World page under the References tab of The World Factbook to locate the answer.

      May 23 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Afghanistan; Albania; Congo, Democratic Republic of the; Djibouti; Egypt; Indonesia; Malaysia; Poland; Portugal; and Uganda. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period May 15 - 21, 2013.

      May 21 - CIA Holds Annual Memorial Ceremony to Honor Fallen Colleagues

      May 16 - A Day in the Lives of CIA Designers & Artists

      May 16 - The name Benelux refers to a graphic, economic, and cultural grouping of three European countries. Can you name them? The answer may found in Appendix B of The World Factbook.

      May 16 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Armenia, Bangladesh, Chile, Djibouti, El Salvador, Ghana, Grenada, India, Libya, Maldives, Pakistan, Saint Kitts and Nevis and Tunisia. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period May 8 - 14, 2013.

      May 9 - Appendix D provides a cross-listing of data codes used to identify countries. This list now includes the new Geopolitical Entities, Names and Codes (GENC) Standard, which is the US Government's implementation of ISO 3166 and is designated as the replacement standard for FIPS PUB 10-4. The GENC Standard provides a list of the basic geopolitical entities in the world, together with the principal divisions that comprise each entity. The names of the political entities are derived from official meeting records of the Foreign Names Committee of the US Board on Geographic Names (US BGN).

      May 9 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Afghanistan; Angola; Azerbaijan; Bahamas, The; Bangladesh; Belgium; Bulgaria; China; Colombia; Cyprus; Greece; Iraq; Italy; Kenya; Korea, South; Libya; Netherlands; Nigeria; Poland; and Venezuela. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period April 24 - May 7, 2013.

      May 9 - A Day in the Life of a CIA Data Scientist

      May 2 - Population Pyramids have been updated with 2013 estimated data in the People and Society section, "age structure" field for all countries in The World Factbook

      May 2 - Staying Prepared: Wellness at the CIA

       


      April 2013

      April 25 - CIA Welcomes Two New Employee Resource Groups

      April 25 - The "Transportation - note" has been updated for various West African, East African, South Asian and Southeast Asian countries to reflect 2012 information on piracy incidents. This new information reflects a general decrease in the number of pirate attacks worldwide, especially in the waters off East Africa. The decrease in successful pirate attacks in due, in part, to more aggressive anti-piracy operations by international naval forces as well as the increased use of armed security teams aboard merchant ships. The only exception to this trend was in the Gulf of Guinea, in West Africa, where attacks increased over a wider area in 2012.

      April 25 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Australia; Azerbaijan; Bahrain; Bulgaria; Chile; Djibouti; El Salvador; Ethiopia; Ghana; Greece; Haiti; Hungary; India; Korea, South; Kyrgyzstan; Maldives; Portugal; Romania; Slovenia; Trinidad and Tobago; Vanuatu; Venezuela; and Yemen. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period April 10 - 23, 2013.

      April 18 - Several military fields have been updated in The World Factbook including military branches, military expenditures and military service age and obligation

      April 18 - Connecting with Native American and Alaskan Native Communities

      April 15 - Vice President Biden Thanks CIA Officers for Their Selfless Patriotism

      April 11 - CIA.gov Spotlights Deaf and Hard of Hearing Officers

      April 11 - Can you name the five nations with emerging economies whose initials make up the "BRICS countries"? The answer may be found in Appendices A or B of The World Factbook.

      April 11 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Canada, Cyprus, Djibouti, Malawi, Palau, Rwanda, Slovenia, Thailand and Ukraine. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period April 3 - 9, 2013.

      April 4 - CIA Welcomes Leaders of the National Association of Asian American Professionals

      April 4 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Armenia, Belgium, Iraq, Jordan, Malta, Romania, San Marino, Somalia and Uzbekistan. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period March 27 - April 2, 2013.

      April 4 - What are polar mesospheric clouds (also known as noctilucent or "night shining" cloud)? Check out the photos in the World entry of The World Factbook to find out.

       


      March 2013

      March 28 - Former Sec. of State Albright Celebrates Women’s History Month with the CIA

      March 28 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Bangladesh; Cape Verde; Czech Republic; France; Guatemala; India; Israel; Japan; Korea, South; Lebanon; Nepal; Nicaragua; Pakistan; Panama; Slovenia; Trinidad and Tobago; Tunisia; and Uzbekistan. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period March 20 - 26, 2013.

      March 28 - Various health fields in the People and Society section of The World Factbook - including hospital bed density, physician density, health expenditures, and children under 5 underweight - have recently been updated for all countries.

      March 22 - Excerpts of Remarks Delivered by Central Intelligence Agency Director John O. Brennan and Dr. Madeleine Albright at the CIA Women’s History Month Celebration (March 19, 2013).

      March 21 - Gen. Hayden’s Portrait Joins CIA’s Directors Gallery

      March 21 - In 2012, fiscal and monetary policies shifted towards greater austerity for many countries. In the World entry, the "Economy-Overview" highlights these changes and their impact on global economic performance. The "Overview" now contains a link to a spreadsheet detailing changes in the level of government expenditures, revenues, and national money supplies (M1) for about 200 countries for the period 2008-2012.

      March 21 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Brazil, Cape Verde, China, Cuba--NDE, El Salvador, Greece, Holy See (Vatican City), Iran--NDE, Malawi, Maldives, Poland, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period March 12 - 19, 2013.

      March 19 - Former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright Speaks at CIA in Honor of Women’s History Month

      March 18 - Message from the Director: Zero Tolerance for Harassment and Discrimination

      March 14 - Painting Commemorating ARGO Operation Joins Intelligence Art Gallery

      March 14 - What Asian nation uses the mythical merlion (a half lion-half fish creature) as one of its major emblems? Find the answer in The World Factbook "National symbols" entry.

      March 14 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Algeria; Angola; Austria; Bahrain; Barbados; Belgium; Cuba--NDE; Cyprus; Grenada; Holy See (Vatican City); Japan; Korea, South; Kyrgyzstan; Lesotho; Macedonia; Mauritius; Pakistan; Panama; Poland; Turkmenistan; United Arab Emirates; and Venezuela. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period February 26 - March 12, 2013.

      March 12 - Message from the Director: Diversity Matters

      March 8 - John O. Brennan Takes Helm as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

      March 8 - Posted Director of CIA John O. Brennan's Official Biography and Updated Bio for CIA's Deputy Director Michael J. Morell

      March 7 - Facts on Women from The World Factbook

      March 7 - Posted Studies in Intelligence, Vol. 56, No. 4

       


      February 2013

      February 28 - How Ideas Become Exhibits in the CIA Museum

      February 28 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Central Africa Republic; Cuba--NDE; Germany; Iran--NDE; Jordan; Kyrgyzstan; Pakistan; Sao Tome and Principe; Saudi Arabia; Slovenia; Uzbekistan; and Zambia. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period February 13 - 26, 2013.

      February 21 - Can you name the country that has Dutch and French as its two main official languages? Note, it is in Europe but is not the Netherlands. Find the answer in The World Factbook.

      February 21 - International Mother Language Day on CIA.gov

      February 14 - From Your Couch to a New Career: CIA Recruitment Fair is February 26

      February 14 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Australia, Egypt, Georgia, Ghana, Maldives, Namibia, Poland, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period February 6 - 12, 2013.

      February 14 - The World Factbook's new 2013-2014 cover - unveiled in the Gallery of Covers under the References tab - features an Art Deco style. Some Art Deco elements may also be found in a previous Factbook cover from 1996. Enjoy exploring and comparing the many Factbook cover designs that have appeared over the decades.

      February 7 - The "Refugees and internally displaced persons" field in The World Factbook has been revised to reflect the latest figures for each country.

      February 7 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Cambodia; Congo, Democratic Republic of the; Cuba--NDE; Denmark; Indonesia; Ireland; Israel; Kazakhstan; Malawi; Qatar; Slovenia; and Venezuela. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period January 30 - February 5, 2013.

      February 7 - The World Factbook Profile of Global Migration

      February 1 - CIA Symposium on the Role of Intelligence in the 1973 Arab-Israeli War

      February 1 - In the Economy and Energy categories of The World Factbook, the information and data for most of the fields have been updated through year 2012.

      February 1 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Belgium, Georgia, Ghana, Haiti, Marshall Islands, Slovenia, Sir Lanka, Switzerland, Turkey and United Kingdom. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period January 23 - 29, 2013.

      February 1 - A City Torn Apart: Photos and Videos of the Berlin Wall

       


      January 2013

      January 30 - Watch today's live webcast (4 p.m. EST/1 p.m. PST) of "President Nixon and the Role of Intelligence in the 1973 Arab-Israeli War," featuring newly declassified materials. This conference is organized by CIA's Historical Collections Division and the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum.

      January 24 - Considering a New Career? Think CIA

      January 24 - A new "Demographic profile" field is being introduced incrementally to The World Factbook; the entry provides a snapshot of the demographic features and trends within a country and how they vary among regional, ethnic and socioeconomic sub-populations. Some of the topics addressed are population age structure, fertility, health, morality, poverty, education and migration. Countries introduced this week are those of Central and South America.

      January 24 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Cambodia, Guatemala, Honduras, Japan, Kazakhstan, Luxembourg, Mexico, New Zealand, Romania, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Slovenia, Sweden, Thailand, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Venezuela and Zimbabwe. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period January 9 - 23, 2013.

      January 18 - Message from the Acting Director: Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

      January 17 - Message from the Acting Director: Passing of Lloyd Salvetti

      January 17 - "Moe" Berg: Sportsman, Scholar, Spy

      January 17 - Can you name the Southwest Asian nation that is the most linguistically diverse country on earth with some 860 languages spoken (roughly 12% of the world's total)? Hint: it lies north of Australia. Find the answer in The World Factbook.

      January 10 - Teacher Resources on CIA.gov

      January 10 - Which of these micro entities - Hong Kong, Monaco or Singapore - is the largest? Find the answer in The World Factbook.

      January 10 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bermuda, Croatia, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malawi, Montenegro, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia and Ukraine. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period December 27, 2012 - January 8, 2013.

      January 7 -Message from the Acting Director: Nomination of John Brennan as DCIA

      January 4 - Message from the Acting Director: Jeanne Vertefeuille

      January 3 - Declassified Cold War Reporting Featured at Convention

      January 3 - What country has more lakes than all other countries in the world combined? Find the answer in The World Factbook.

       


      December 2012

      December 27 - Hollywood Myths vs. the Real CIA

      December 27 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Czech Republic, Estonia, Kuwait, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovenia. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period December 19 - 26, 2012.

      December 21 - Message from the Acting Director: "Zero Dark Thirty"

      December 20 - New Features on CIA.gov

      December 20 - Check out the new "population pyramids" in The World Factbook.

      December 20 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Belarus, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Indonesia, Israel, Mali, Mexico, Namibia, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Slovakia and Zimbabwe. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period December 5 - 18, 2012.

      December 19 - Message from the Acting Director: Senator Daniel K. Inouye

      December 17 - CIA Acting Director Michael J. Morell Presents Agency “Toys for Tots” Donations

      December 14 - Message from the Acting Director: SSCI Report on Past Agency Program

      December 13 - Radio interview with Director of CIA's Center for Mission Diversity & Inclusion [external link disclaimer]

      December 13 - Bechuanaland, East Pakistan and Kampuchea are former names of what countries? Hint: look in The World Factbook Appendix F: Cross-Reference List of Geographic Names.

      December 13 - New Historical Collection on CIA.gov: CIA Analysis of the Warsaw Pact Forces

      December 6 - Agency Officers and Marines Celebrate 237th Marine Corps Birthday

      December 6 - The Horn of Africa contains the continent's highest and lowest points. In what 2 countries are these features found? Look in The World Factbook for the answers.

      December 6 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Chile; Cote d'Ivoire; Croatia; Cuba--NDE; Ethiopia; Israel; Korea, South; Maldives; Mexico; Panama; Tunisia; Turkmenistan; and Vanuatu. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period November 20 - December 4, 2012.

       


      November 2012

      November 29 - Big Data is a Big Deal at the CIA

      November 29 - Article about LGBT employees at CIA in The Miami Herald

      November 29 - The Alps extend across 7 countries. Can you name them? Hint: look at The World Factbook's physical map of Europe.

      November 21 - Posted Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Belarus; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Bulgaria; Finland; Japan; Maldives; Netherlands; and Somalia. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period November 14 - 19, 2012.

      November 21 - Message from the Acting Director: Happy Thanksgiving

      November 20 - The World Factbook updated with the newest estimates for adherents to the world's major religions. See the "Religions" field, in the People and Society category.

      November 19 - A Spotlight on World Obesity Rates

      November 15 - Posted Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Belarus, Comoros, Cuba--NDE, Georgia, India, Malawi, Namibia, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Taiwan--NDE, Tunisia and Yemen. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period November 6 - 13, 2012.

      November 15 - Updated economic data throughout The World Factbook



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