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June 17, 2003

Germany
Joffe Says France, Germany Learned They Could Not Stop U.S. Power; a New ’NATO II’ Seems to Be Emerging.

Josef Joffe, the publisher and editor of the Germany weekly, Die Zeit, says that the effort by the French and Germans to prevent the United States from using its power in Iraq failed and there now i…

July 14, 2003

Liberia
Lyman: Liberia Issue Dogged Bush’s Africa Trip

Princeton N. Lyman, a former U.S. ambassador to Nigeria and to South Africa, says President Bush’s July 8-12 trip to Africa was overshadowed by the issue of Liberia and whether Washington would compl…

August 14, 2003

Liberia
Crocker: ’’Everybody Except Us Understands that Liberia Is an American Responsibility’’

Chester A. Crocker, a pre-eminent U.S. expert on Africa and a professor of strategic studies at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, says that the “debate raging within the a…

June 30, 2003

Sub-Saharan Africa
Africa Expert Lyman: Bush Faces Problems on Liberia, Congo and HIV/AIDS

Princeton Lyman, a former U.S. ambassador to Nigeria and to South Africa, says President Bush’s trip to five African states next week will force him to deal with such important issues as a possi…

November 28, 2005

Israel
Makovsky: Sharon ‘Electrifies’ Israel by Bolting Likud and Likely to Make Further Withdrawals from West Bank to Ensure ‘Legacy’

David Makovsky, a senior fellow and director of the Project on the Middle East Peace Process at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, says Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s decision to b…

January 31, 2006

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
Takeyh: Security Council Unlikely to Take Strong Action Against Iran

Ray Takeyh, the CFR’s top Iranian expert, says the latest spurt of diplomacy will lead to a discussion in the UN Security Council and more diplomacy, but he doubts that the Security Council will take…

March 3, 2006

Palestinian Territories
Khalidi: Is Hamas’ Terrorism Permanent Or Can It Change?

Rashid Khalidi, an expert on Palestinian politics, who is the director of Columbia University’s Middle East Institute, says Hamas’ overwhelming victory in the Palestinian legislative elections was du…

June 20, 2006

North Korea
Allison: U.S. Policy on North Korea ’Abject Failure’; Iran May Be Closer to Nuclear Weapons Than U.S. Thinks

Graham Allison, a leading expert on nuclear terrorism, says the Bush administration policy toward North Korea of "threaten and neglect" has been a failure. He also warns that faulty U.S. intelligence…

June 14, 2006

India
Levi: Congress Should Approve U.S.-India Nuclear Accord Conditionally

Michael A. Levi, coauthor of a CFR report on U.S.-India Cooperation, says that momentum is building on Capitol Hill for Congress to approve the accord in two steps to build support among skeptics in …

July 10, 2007

International Law
Bellinger Says International Court Flawed But Deserving of Help in Some Cases

The U.S. State Department’s legal adviser says Washington remains concerned about the prosecutorial reach of the ICC but wants to help it pursue some war criminals.