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July 31, 2002

Iraq
Testimony by Richard Butler on Iraq and Weapons of Mass Destruction

Statement at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Washington, D.C. July 31, 2002 Iraq and Weapons of Mass Destruction Ambassador Richard Butler Former Executive Chairman o…

January 7, 2003

United States
Richard Butler, Disarmament Expert and Diplomat, Joins Council on Foreign Relations as Diplomat in Residence

For further information contact: April Wahlestedt, Director of Communications (212) 434-9544   June 7, 1999, New York City – Ambassador Richard Butler, former Executive Chairman of the Unit…

December 1, 2001

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
Fatal Choice

A forty-year effort to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons is breaking down, and the threat that terrorist groups will acquire them is growing. In Fatal Choice, Ambassador Richard Butler argues tha…

August 15, 2018

Turkey
Trump_Erdogan The West Must Face Reality in Turkey

We are witnessing the gradual but steady demise of a relationship that is already an alliance in name only.

January 23, 2003

Iraq
Bush Administration Obliged to Seek U.N. Security Council Backing for Iraq War, Says Former Chief Weapons Inspector Richard Butler

Richard Butler, who headed the United Nations Special Commission (UNSCOM), the weapons inspection agency in Iraq until 1998, says that Iraq has clearly violated U.N. resolutions barring its possessi…

July 25, 2018

Donald Trump
Trump Putin summit Summing Up the Trump Summits

President Trump’s approach to summits is fueling, rather than mitigating, global instability.

June 16, 2018

North Korea
Jonathan Ernst/Reuters The Singapore Summit’s Uncertain Legacy

The Singapore summit lessened the chances of conflict in the short term, but the ultimate legacy of the summit could still be a march toward war.

June 1, 2018

China
Jonathan Ernst/Reuters A North Korean Opportunity for America and China

A U.S.-North Korean summit could help the U.S.-China relationship find new momentum and purpose.

May 21, 2018

United States
Meeting the Challenge of Slow-Motion Crises

The United States faces three slow-motion crises—the future of work, climate change, and the federal debt—that we risk not tackling until it is too late.

August 14, 2018

United States
The Unconstrained Presidency: Checks and Balances Eroded Long Before Trump

This article was originally published in Foreign Affairs.  In the age of Donald Trump, it often feels as though one individual has the power to chart the United States’ course in the world all by …