Former secretary of state James A. Baker says the crucial U.S. alliance with a politically stunted Egyptian regime poses major difficulties for the Obama administration as it tries to balance U.S. values with national interests.
Former U.S. secretary of state Condoleezza Rice reflects on her time in the Bush administration and issues faced after 9/11, including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. She also discusses the damaging effects of WikiLeaks and the geopolitical challenges of Iran and North Korea.
Crucial to the success of the U.S. mission in Afghanistan is dealing with the country’s "predatory misgovernance," says CFR’s Stephen Biddle. Targeting U.S. contracting practices is a good place to start, he says.
The win by Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan’s party in the referendum on constitutional changes could improve Turkish democracy, says CFR’s Steven A. Cook, but fuels concerns about whether it augurs a more religiously oriented political environment.
Colombian presidential candidate Antanas Mockus has generated surprising support for his campaign of transparency and change, but the winner will need to reassure voters that security improvements will continue, says expert Cynthia Arnson.
President Obama is pushing for a "civilian surge" in Afghanistan, but John E. Herbst, in charge of staffing a State Department civilian-led reconstruction program that operates there, says congressional inaction and funding challenges are hampering American stabilization efforts.
The coalition led by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is likely to lead in the March 7 parliamentary elections, as Iraqis look for stability and security after years of conflict, says Nir Rosen, an analyst of Iraq’s political scene.
In advance of elections scheduled for early next month, join Ambassador Christopher R. Hill for a discussion of Iraqi governance and the political and security implications of what occurs at the polls.