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.

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.

See more in Brazil; Elections

NATO's Brave New World

Janine Davidson interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

With crises brewing in Ukraine and the Middle East, the transatlantic alliance must develop new capabilities to address the rising threat of unconventional warfare, says CFR's Janine Davidson.

See more in Ukraine; NATO

Can Iraq Save Itself?

Ned Parker interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

As prime minister, Haider al-Abadi could lead Iraq in a positive direction, but long-term stability in the war-torn country will require political concessions from all factions, explains expert Ned Parker.

See more in Iraq; Democratization

Erdogan's Grip on Turkey

Henri J. Barkey interviewed by Zachary Laub

Turkey's first-ever presidential election is expected to elevate Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to head of state. The current premier, who faces a divided populace and regional conflicts, is likely to bring executive authority to a largely ceremonial post, says expert Henri Barkey.

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Will U.S.-Germany Relations Recover?

Karen E. Donfried interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

U.S.-Germany relations have plunged to new lows, but the alliance is far greater than the recent controversy over espionage, says expert Karen Donfried.

See more in Germany; Intelligence

Putin’s Balancing Act

Kimberly M. Marten interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

While many in the West perceive Vladimir Putin as an unrestrained strongman, expert Kimberly Marten says that the Russian president is deftly managing disparate factions surrounding the Kremlin.

See more in Ukraine; Politics and Strategy