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March 18, 2003

Former Marine Corps General Bernard Trainor Worries About U.S. Force Level and Lack of a Northern Front in Advance of Iraq War

Former Marine Corps General Trainor says he’s “not quite comfortable” with the size and makeup of the U.S. forces based in Kuwait, asserting that the military has been slow to send in…

January 28, 2003

General Bernard E. Trainor Sees War with Iraq Starting by Mid-March and Ending with Quick U.S.-led Victory

Bernard E. Trainor, a retired three-star Marine general and a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, says a war against Iraq could start in the period from late February to the middle of…

December 29, 2015

World Outlook for 2016

Surging fears of terrorism, chaos in the Middle East, tensions in Asia, and the slowing Chinese economy suggest a challenging year lies ahead for global leaders, says CFR’s James M. Lindsay.

October 31, 2014

United States
Foreign Policy and a New Congress

U.S. midterm elections occur amid deep political divisions in Congress that are blocking policy reforms. CFR’s James M. Lindsay examines the foreign policy choices facing lawmakers.

October 1, 2015

Risky Russian Moment in Syria

Russia’s military buildup in Syria could set back the self-proclaimed Islamic State and lay the groundwork for a political transition, but could also lead to a confrontation with the United States, s…

July 14, 2015

Middle East and North Africa
’Imperfect’ Iran Accord Could Exacerbate Mideast Situation

The new agreement between Iran does not resolve the problem and complicates U.S. relations with regional allies, says CFR President Richard N. Haass.

January 21, 2015

United States
The President’s Missed Opportunity

President Obama missed a chance in his annual address to make a case for bipartisan initiatives and failed to present a convincing defense of his foreign policy, says CFR President Richard N. Haass.

December 29, 2014

A Turbulent Year Ahead

Ongoing Middle East conflicts, economic storm clouds, and perennial tensions in Asia augur a tough 2015 for global leaders, says CFR’s James M. Lindsay.

December 19, 2014

UN Shouldn’t Force Israel’s Hand

A UN Security Council vote pushing Israel to leave the Palestinian territories by 2017 would likely undermine the peace process, says expert David Makovsky.  

December 10, 2014

Where Is Putin Leading Russia?

President Vladimir Putin has failed to deliver a coherent response to Russia’s economic challenges while continuing to feed concerns about his intentions in Ukraine, says CFR’s Stephen Sestanovich.