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.

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.

See more in Syria; Counterterrorism

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.

See more in Libya; Regional Security

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.

See more in Iran; Nuclear Energy

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