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.

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.

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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.

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Ukraine Poised for Uncertain Election

John E. Herbst interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

Ukraine's May 25 elections will likely proceed amid attempted disruptions by separatists in the east and U.S. officials should be prepared to bolster support for the government, says former ambassador John E. Herbst.

See more in Ukraine; Elections; Separatist Movements