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.

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

Bretton Woods Lessons

Benn Steil interviewed by Robert McMahon

The 1944 Bretton Woods conference ensured a leading role for Washington in the global financial system but also contributed to present-day problems that will be difficult to fix, says CFR's Benn Steil.

See more in Global; Economics

A U.S. Playbook For Iraq and Syria

Leslie H. Gelb interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

The United States should partner with Iran and Russia in countering Sunni jihadists, the top strategic threat in both Iraq and Syria at the moment, says CFR President Emeritus Leslie H. Gelb.

See more in Iraq; Counterterrorism

Can Iraq Survive the ISIS Storm?

F. Gregory Gause III interviewed by Mohammed Aly Sergie

It's doubtful that radical Sunni militants will be able to overrun Baghdad and southern Iraq, but the crisis is likely to further splinter governing authority in the country, says expert F. Gregory Gause.

See more in Iraq; Terrorism

Battling for Brazil’s Favelas

Janice Perlman interviewed by Brianna Lee

Unrest and accusations of police brutality in Brazil's slums have threatened Rio's security—and the country's image—as it comes under a global spotlight with the World Cup, says expert Janice Perlman.

See more in Brazil; Regional Security; Development

How Iran Gains From Assad Victory

Michael Young interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

Syria's presidential elections help the Assad regime consolidate power and boost the regional influence of Iran and Hezbollah, says expert Michael Young.

See more in Syria; Elections