NEW: Haiti in Perspective: A Timeline of Natural Disasters in Recent Years Time Zones Map Flags of the World/Map of the World (Colour Pullout Section) Key World Facts Chronology of World Events Addenda PART I: INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS PART II: COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD A-Z, INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING SECTIONS: Key Historical Events Territory and Population Social Statistics Climate Constitution and Government Government Chronology Recent Elections Current Administration Current Leaders Defence International Relations Economy Energy and Natural Resources Environment Industry International Trade Communications Social Institutions Culture Diplomatic Representatives Further Reading Abbreviations Place and International Organizations Index Index of Current Leaders
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BARRY TURNER is the seventh editor in the 147-year history of The Statesman's Yearbook. He has a PhD in Political History and has been a full-time writer for 30 years. He has worked as a journalist and broadcaster in the fields of politics, biography, travel and education, and is the author of over 20 books. He is a regular contributor to The Times as a book reviewer and serializer, and is the editor of the annual Writer's Handbook.
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