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September 2, 2002

Iraq
The Threatening Storm

This highly influential book, written as the Bush administration turned its sights on Saddam Hussein's regime, takes the reader back to the pre-war days of uncertainty about Saddam's weapons and his …

November 8, 2002

International Organizations

Richard N. Gardner, an expert on the United Nations and a Columbia Law School professor, says that the U.N. Security Council resolution on Iraq, which was approved 15-0 on November 8, is “enormously …

November 12, 2002

Iraq
Saddam to Play for Time, Expects Council’s Director of Strategic Policy Lee Feinstein

Lee Feinstein, the Council’s director of strategic policy, calls the Iraqi parliament’s vote against the new U.N. Security Council resolution “a perfect illustration of what we can expect in the week…

November 20, 2002

Security Alliances
NATO Fading Away by 2010, Says Council’s Europe Studies Director Charles Kupchan

Charles A. Kupchan, the Council’s Director of Europe Studies, says that by the end of the decade, “the U.S. will have very little business left in Europe.” As the NATO summit meets in Prague, Kupchan…

November 15, 2004

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Islam in a Changing World

Speaker: Olivier Roy, professor, L'Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales; senior research, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique; author, "Globalized Islam: The Search for a New Umma" …

October 18, 2004

Sub-Saharan Africa
A Conversation with Joseph R. Biden Jr.

Council on Foreign RelationsNew York, N.Y. NICHOLAS KRISTOF: I'm Nicholas Kristof from The New York Times. A couple of announcements first of all. Those of you with cell phones, please do remembe…

January 10, 2005

United States
Apparently, like budget deficits, trade deficits do not matter anymore

Kevin Drum brought the latest National Review "trade deficits do not matter" article to my attention today. I learned a few things, namely that Steven Roach is part of a media misinformation campaig…

December 22, 2004

Politics and Government
A modest proposal of my own

My modest proposal: anyone writing about Social Security should have to pass a test demonstrating that they have read the Social Securities trustees report, and understand the basic dynamics of a sys…

March 27, 2005

United States
The financing of the US current account deficit

2004 Current account deficit: $666 billion2004 Net FDI outflow: $133 billion2004 Net portfolio equity outflow: $63 billion (TIC data); $37 billion (BEA) data. The difference seems to stem from diffe…