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.

The Hezbollah Connection in Syria and Iran

Matthew Levitt interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

In recent years, the strategic alliance between Iran and Hezbollah has grown to the point where the Lebanese militant group's fealty to Tehran is paramount, a dynamic currently on display in Syria, says counterterrorism expert Matthew Levitt.

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How to Gauge Spain's Scandal

Alfredo Pastor interviewed by Christopher Alessi

A corruption scandal engulfing the Spanish prime minister is unlikely to have repercussions for Spain's long-term economic outlook, says expert Alfred Pastor.

Papacy in Transition

James P. McCartin interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

The surprise resignation of Pope Benedict XVI has given rise to speculations that the next pontiff to lead the Catholic Church will hail from the developing world, says expert James P. McCartin.

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Political Pivot in Israel?

David Makovsky interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will seek to form a big-tent coalition that could signal a new inward focus at a time of increasing tumult in the Mideast, says expert David Makovsky.


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Slouching Toward a Banking Union

Robert Kahn interviewed by Christopher Alessi

EU leaders at this week's summit are expected to advance a banking union crucial to restoring confidence in the eurozone, but its full implementation is a long way off, says CFR's Robert Kahn.


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Congo's Weak Peace Process

Jason Stearns interviewed by Christopher Alessi

Rwandan-backed rebels recently withdrew from the eastern Congolese city of Goma, but a comprehensive peace deal with the government remains elusive, says expert Jason Stearns.

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Egypt's Struggle for Power

Marina Ottaway interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

In an interview with CFR.org, Middle East expert Marina Ottaway discusses the political dynamics behind the struggle for power in Egypt between Islamist and secular parties.

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