President Bush’s First 100 Days: For Your News Coverage, Experts from the Council on Foreign Relations

January 8, 2003

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April 27, 2001 – President George W. Bush’s 100th day in office is this Monday, April 30, 2001. To help journalists cover the first 100 days of Bush Administration’s foreign policy, the Council on Foreign Relations is pleased to offer interviews with some of the world’s leading foreign policy experts. We encourage you to call our experts directly; we list them below with their Council on Foreign Relations phone numbers. Please identify interviewees as being with the Council on Foreign Relations.

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Ronald D. Asmus (202) 518-3447

Expertise: U.S.-Europe relations. European security.

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View: "Governor Bush has been making dubious claims about the readiness of the U.S. military," Christian Science Monitor 9/25/00.

Caroline Atkinson (202) 518-3462

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Expertise: International economics. Japan.

View: The Bush economics team has ceded much responsibility for U.S. international economic policy from the Treasury Department to the State Department.

Rachel Bronson (212) 434-9577

Expertise: Middle East. National security.

View: "Ten years after the Gulf War, the Clinton Administration has not designed a coherent vision for the Persian Gulf," Los Angeles Times 11/8/00.

Richard Butler (212) 434-9682

Expertise: Middle East. United Nations. Arms control and international security.

View: "Colin Powell’s focus, and the President’s, must be on finding a new Iraq policy – and fast. The U.S. should consider modified sanctions," Asian Wall Street Journal 2/27/01.

Elizabeth Economy (212) 434-9641

Expertise: China. U.S.-Asia relations.

View: "Labor and human rights standards are likely to rise in China with the arrival of more American companies," Newsday 5/5/00.

Alton Frye (202) 518-3408

Expertise: Arms control. National security. Congress and foreign policy.

View: "Our large standing military force and high alert were critical to our ability to move beyond the Cold War to where we can do business with Russia and China," New Orleans Times-Picayune 6/25/00.

Morton Halperin (202) 518-3406

Expertise: United States foreign policy.

Director of Policy Planning at the State Department during the Clinton Administration.

Arthur Helton (212) 434-9737

Expertise: Refugee policy. Preventative action.

View: "If the U.N. is to be a builder of new states or a repairer of old ones, it must be given better tools for the job, including a vigorous commitment from the U.S. and other members," Washington Post 9/19/99

Richard C. Holbrooke (212) 434-9644

Expertise: United States foreign policy.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations during the Clinton Administration.

Jordan Kassalow (212) 434-9578

Expertise: Global Health Policy.

Specialization in AIDS and Africa.

Lawrence J. Korb (212) 434-9630

Expertise: National security policy, process and budget. NATO. Arms control.

View: Describing the Bush Administration’s philosophy: "Unless it’s a problem that threatens the U.S., we’re going to stand back and not get presidential prestige and the U.S. involved," Sydney Morning Herald 3/20/01.

Radha Kumar (212) 434-9674

Expertise: Southeast Asia. The Balkans. Ethnic conflict.

Charles Kupchan (202) 518-3402

Expertise: U.S.-Europe relations. European Union. NATO. Nationalism.

View: "Europe’s efforts at economic integration and military cooperation outside of NATO raise the prospect of a power center that could one day soon challenge American primacy," New York Times 2/10/01.

Scott Lasensky (212) 434-9744

Expertise: Middle East. Foreign Aid.

View: "It’s still Washington’s best bipartisan consensus: Aid to Israel," Atlanta Journal 9/10/00.

Walter Russell Mead (212) 434-9548

Expertise: United States foreign policy.

View: "It’s very hard to see sweeping foreign policy changes on the horizon," South China Morning Post 12/19/00.

Richard W. Murphy (212) 434-9626

Expertise: Middle East. Arab nations.

View: "We are in a period when a basic reexamination of our foreign policy is still going on," Associated Press, 4/1/01.

Gideon Rose (212) 434-9629

Expertise: International conflict. Persian Gulf/Middle East. Terrorism.

View: "The discipline of the Cold War era in which you had to husband your resources for the big one, that’s what’s changed," Associated Press 1/7/01.

Bruce Stokes (202) 518-3416

Expertise: Trade. International Economics.

View: "The numbers are quite deceptive. If you subtract out Mexico and Canada in terms of trade, the region doesn’t look nearly as attractive," Chicago Sun-Times 4/20/01.

Julia E. Sweig (202) 518-3410

Expertise: Cuba. U.S.-Latin America relations.

View: Though President Bush speaks of making Latin America a priority, there is a "disconnect" between his rhetoric and action. His outreach to Mexico is the high point. His hard line toward Cuba is the low point.

David G. Victor (212) 434-9621

Expertise: International environmental law and politics. Global warming.

View: The Kyoto Protocol on global warming can’t work, and the Bush Administration is right to back away from it.

Celeste Wallander (202) 518-3425

Expertise: Russia and the former Soviet states.

View: "There is one way the West could help Russia and at the same time reduce Russian pressure on its neighbors: Debt relief," New York Times 3/14/01.

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