Interviews

To help readers better understand the nuances of foreign policy, CFR staff writers and Consulting Editor Bernard Gwertzman conduct in-depth interviews with a wide range of international experts, as well as newsmakers.

Why Iran’s Elections Matter

Mohammad Ayatollahi Tabaar interviewed by Zachary Laub

Despite heavy vetting of candidates, Iran’s elections for parliament and Assembly of Experts will offer insights into whether hardline or more moderate factions gain influence, says expert Mohammad Ayatollahi Tabaar.

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Decision Time for Polarized Turkey

Gonul Tol interviewed by Zachary Laub

Snap elections in Turkey are unlikely to give the governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) a parliamentary majority, but could jeopardize a Kurdish peace process, says expert Gonul Tol.

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Risky Russian Moment in Syria

Edward P. Djerejian interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

Russia's military buildup in Syria could set back the self-proclaimed Islamic State and lay the groundwork for a political transition, but could also lead to a confrontation with the United States, says expert Edward Djerejian. 

See more in Russian Federation; Syria; Diplomacy and Statecraft