Asia Program Meetings

Mead: Timing of Troop Withdrawal from Iraq Looms Large in Blair, Bush Meeting

Walter Russell Mead interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

Walter Russell Mead, CFR's senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy, says that when British Prime Minister Tony Blair meets with President Bush on Thursday, the timing of allied troop withdrawals will probably loom large in the conversation. "I wouldn't be surprised if we started to hear some things, slightly better news, about the chance for troop withdrawals to begin at some point," says Mead, an expert on U.S. foreign policy.

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Assad Bruised but Resilient

Assad Bruised but Resilient

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.

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Hamas Fights Chaos, Cash Crunch

Hamas Fights Chaos, Cash Crunch

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.

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WashPost: Going Nuclear: A Green Makes the Case

Author: Patrick Moore

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.

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Haass: 'Diplomatic Package' to Halt Iranian Nuclear Development Should Include Incentives but Also Military Threat

Richard N. Haass interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

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.

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A Defining Moment for U.S.-China Trade Policy (audio)

Speaker: Max Baucus
Presider: J. Stapleton Roy

Watch Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) and former U.S. Ambassador to China J. Stapleton Roy discuss U.S.-Chinese trade relations in light of Chinese President Hu Jintao's upcoming visit to the United States.

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Kadima Wins, Moderately

Kadima Wins, Moderately

Author: editorial staff

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.

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Glacel: Belarusian Opposition Gaining Speed but No Revolution in Sight

Sarah Glacel interviewed by Lionel Beehner

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 Lukashenka is gaining less support from educated, urban youth but will still likely claim a commanding victory.

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India Update: President Bush’s Trip to India and Implications of the U.S.-India Nuclear Agreement [Rush Transcript; Federal News Service, Inc.]

Speakers: Salman Haidar, Ashley J. Tellis, and Michael Krepon

Ashley Tellis, who helped craft the recent civil nuclear pact between India and the United States, discusses the pros and cons of the deal with Salman Haidar, a former senior Indian foreign service member, and Michael Krepon, founder and president of the Henry L. Stimson Center.

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