Last year, the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad looked ready to topple after it was linked to the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. But as international attention shifts to crises in Iran and Iraq, Assad seems to have dodged a bullet.
An interview with Belarusian opposition leader Alexander Milinkevich about the effectiveness of the EU's policies in the country, the next steps of the Belarusian opposition, and the future of the country's relations with Russia.
Gunmen loyal to Hamas clash with Fatah militia members, highlighting the strains between the Palestinian parties. One month after Hamas leaders took office, their refusal to renounce violence and recognize Israel has caused the Palestinian Authority severe difficulties: The PA is effectively broke, aid pledges from Arab nations will not cover the budget shortfall, and chaos is spreading.
Patrick Moore, who helped found Greenpeace in the 1970's, makes the argument that nuclear energy is the only large-scale, cost-effective energy source that can reduce greenhouse emissions while satisfying a demand for power. Moore has changed his views since the 1970's when nucelar energy was synonymous with "nuclear holocaust." Moore compares different sources of energy to come to his conclusion.
Ray Takeyh, CFR's top Iran expert, says the only way Tehran might slow down or halt its nuclear program is for the United States to become more directly engaged in negotiations with the Iranians and offer some broad concessions.
Richard N. Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, recommends a three-part diplomatic package for resolving the Iran crisis. It should include carrots, such as economic benefits and limited security guarantees, Haass says, as well as a clear threat of sanctions or military force if Iran fails to halt nuclear development.
Israel's election took place against the backdrop of a vastly transformed political climate. Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's Kadima party took the most Knesset seats and seems poised to follow the path set by its founder, Ariel Sharon.
Amid signs of slipping popularity, Belarus' authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenka is expected to win a new presidential term on March 19. An official with a prominent Western polling group tells cfr.org Lukashenka is gaining less support from educated, urban youth but will still likely claim a commanding victory.
Nigeria’s political temperature continues to rise as moves to alter the constitution to extend presidential term limits stir protests across the country. The country is already beset by sectarian violence and ongoing clashes with militants in the oil-rich Niger Delta region.
Administration officials have not done a good job explaining why Americans should worry about U.S. port security and what needs to be done to secure the maritime domain. Now that the Administration has Americans’ attention on this issue, it needs toaddress the heart of the matter.
Speakers: William H. Donaldson, Harvey L. Pitt, Arthur Levitt, and Richard C. Breeden Presider: Benn Steil
Watch Arthur Levitt, Harvey Pitt, and William Donaldson, discuss ongoing moves toward greater global convergence on market regulatory standards, largely agreeing they are key to the success of U.S. financial markets.
A deadly series of suicide bombings in Afghanistan raises fears militants are adopting tactics from the Iraqi insurgency. The attacks put the spotlight on the Afghan army—which is growing in size and effectiveness—and recently expanded NATO efforts to maintain security in the nation.