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January 21, 2003

Iraq
Bush Has Choice: Early War with Iraq or Wait for Saddam to Slip and Reveal “Smoking Gun,” Says Council’s Lee Feinstein

Lee Feinstein, the director for Security Affairs at the Council on Foreign Relations, says that President Bush may decide to use the State of the Union address to launch a “second phase” of…

September 2, 2003

North Korea
Council’s North Korea Expert: U.S. Needs More Negotiating Flexibility to Achieve Accord on Ending North Korea’s Nuclear Arms Program

Eric Heginbotham, the Council on Foreign Relations’ senior fellow for Asia studies and director of the Council-sponsored Independent Task Force on North Korea, says the recent six-nation talks in Bei…

November 17, 2005

Iraq
Daalder: Withdrawal Timetable From Iraq Not Useful, but Iraqis Must Be Told They Have to ‘Step Up’ Politically and Militarily in 2006

Ivo H. Daalder, a senior fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution, says the recent compromise approved in the Senate on Iraq is a "message" to President Bush that says, in effect…

August 17, 2006

United States
Hamilton: In Five Years Since 9/11, United States Is ’Safer But Not Safe’

Lee H. Hamilton, the vice-chairman of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States (also known as the 9/11 Commission), says "I would agree with the general assessment that we …

February 14, 2006

Iraq
Matthew Sherman: Curtailing Militias Key to Formation of Iraqi Security Forces

Matthew Sherman, former deputy senior adviser and director of policy to Iraq ’s Ministry of Interior, discusses the influence of militias, U.S. counterinsurgency efforts, and Iraq ’s rise of organize…

December 11, 2006

International Organizations
Hyde Cites Unfinished Business on UN Reform, Public Diplomacy

The retiring chairman of the House International Relations Committee, Rep. Henry Hyde (R-IL), says Washington needs to be tough on reforming the United Nations. He also urges the new Democratic major…

November 8, 2006

Congresses and Parliaments
Lindsay: Bush, Democrats Likely to Look for New Approach to Iraq from Baker-Hamilton Commission

James M. Lindsay, an expert on Congress and American foreign policy, says in the aftermath of the Democratic Party victories in the midterm elections, many politicians are hoping that the “knight in …

November 9, 2006

United States
Sick: Expect ‘Realism and Pragmatism’ From Gates in Pentagon

Gary G. Sick, a prominent expert on Iran, worked with Robert M. Gates in the White House during the Ford and Carter administrations. He says the nomination of Gates to replace Donald M. Rumsfeld as s…

June 26, 2006

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Barkey: Amnesty Can Sharply Undercut Iraqi Insurgency

Henri Barkey, a Middle East expert at Lehigh University, says Iraqi plans for an amnesty can seriously undercut the Iraqi insurgency.

March 27, 2007

Iran
Hunter: Time for U.S. to Offer Iran Security Guarantees for Concessions

A top national security expert, Robert E. Hunter, says it’s time for the United States to offer Iran security guarantees to win concessions on its nuclear program.