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August 8, 2005

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
Pritchard: Latest Talks on North Korea ‘Successful’ Due to Major Changes by United States

Charles L. (Jack) Pritchard, a former top U.S. negotiator with North Korea, who quit the State Department in protest against the Bush administration’s reluctance to deal directly with North Korea, sa…

September 21, 2005

North Korea
North Korea Expert Pritchard: Agreement is a ‘Good’ One, But Dealing with Details Will Be Tough

Charles L. Pritchard, a former top U.S. negotiator with North Korea, says the recently announced set of principles for ending North Korea’s nuclear-weapons program was “a good agreement” and set the …

June 8, 2006

Iraq
Bremer: Zarqawi’s Death a ’Very Important Moment’ in War on Terrorism

L. Paul Bremer, who headed the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq after Saddam’s ouster, says the killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is a " very important moment" in the war on terrorism and the ef…

April 10, 2007

Global
Verleger: Natural Gas Cartel Could Emerge in Future, But Not Now

Philip K. Verleger Jr., an energy policy expert, says meetings of natural gas exporting countries in Qatar are not likely to be very significant in short term, but in time “could be very significant.”

August 1, 2007

Middle East and North Africa
Wittes: U.S. Assuring Arab States It Will Remain a Force in Mideast Post-Iraq

Tamara Cofman Wittes, an expert on Middle East politics, says the current unprecedented trip by Secretary of State Rice and Secretary of Defense Gates to the Middle East is meant to assure moderate A…

April 30, 2008

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Abbas-Olmert Talks a ’First’ in Mideast Diplomacy

Contrary to many analysts of the Middle East, Aaron David Miller, who has served as a Middle East negotiator for presidents of both parties, sees reason for optimism in the current process.

May 20, 2008

Americas
Next President Must Resolve Immigration, Cuba Issues

The former commander of U.S. Southern Command discusses policy issues between Latin America and the United States including immigration and Cuba.

October 25, 2002

Middle East and North Africa
War with Iraq Isn’t Inevitable, Argues Council’s Middle East Director Rachel Bronson

War with Iraq is not inevitable, says Rachel Bronson, director of Middle East Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Noting the “stunning” Iraqi prisoner release and mounting international pres…

October 29, 2002

Russia
There is a Way Out of Russia’s Chechen Nightmare, Says Council’s Fellow Rajan Menon

The Moscow theater siege was a portent of more terrorism to come, warns Rajan Menon, a Council on Foreign Relations senior fellow specializing in Russia. He argues that the shocking attack shows that…

November 1, 2002

North Korea
No Crisis with North Korea, Says Council’s Independent Task Force Co-Chairman Morton Abramowitz

Morton Abramowitz, who is co-chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations Independent Task Force on Korea, says that despite North Korea’s disclosure that it has a secret nuclear weapons program, “we…