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.

Foreign Policy and a New Congress

James M. Lindsay interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

U.S. midterm elections occur amid deep political divisions in Congress that are blocking policy reforms. CFR's James M. Lindsay examines the foreign policy choices facing lawmakers.

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Are U.S. Ground Troops Headed to Syria?

Frederick C. Hof interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

Without a capable military partner on the ground, the United States and its allies will likely consider introducing special forces in the battle against ISIS, says expert Frederic C. Hof.

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Is It Too Late For Libya?

Mary Fitzgerald interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

Post-Qaddafi Libya is riven along regional, economic, and religious lines, and may descend into civil war despite a recent flurry of international diplomacy, says journalist Mary Fitzgerald.

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Clock Ticking on Iran Nuclear Deal

Daryl Kimball interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

Without diplomatic progress over the next several weeks, world powers and Iran may squander their best opportunity for a comprehensive nuclear agreement, says expert Daryl G. Kimball.

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A Presidential Protest Vote in Brazil?

Matias Spektor interviewed by Danielle Renwick

With the economy in recession, public infrastructure projects lagging, and last year's protests still resonating, the public mood in Brazil is far less optimistic than when Dilma Rousseff rose to the presidency in 2010.

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