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.

Why Syria’s War Grinds On

Robert S. Ford interviewed by Zachary Laub

As diplomatic efforts to broker a settlement to the civil war have so far come up short and the Islamic State retains a foothold in the east, a segmented Syria will likely experience reduced but persistent violence for years to come, says Ambassador Robert Ford. 

See more in Syria; Wars and Warfare

End-Times for Liberal Democracy?

Yascha Mounk interviewed by Zachary Laub

The world has just experienced a watershed year for populist politics, with antiestablishment challengers winning elections and illiberal regimes modeling an alternative, says expert Yascha Mounk.

See more in Global; Democratization

Is Rio Ready for the Olympic Games?

Interview of: Juliana Barbassa

The Olympics will likely go smoothly, but spending and construction for the games will burden the city for years to come, says journalist Juliana Barbassa.

See more in Brazil; Economics