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September 22, 2011

United States
Confirm Robert Ford Confirm Robert Ford

New U.S. ambassador Robert Ford (R) talks with Syria's President Bashar al-Assad after presenting his credentials to Assad, in Damascus January 27, 2011 (Courtesy Reuters/SANA). The United Stat…

August 15, 2011

Syria
Should Robert Ford Be Confirmed?

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a rump confirmation for Robert Ford on August 2, attended amazingly enough by only one senator. (The rest had gone home after the debt ceiling vote.) But e…

May 31, 2017

United States
Play fiscal policy and structural reform A Conversation With Robert Kaplan

Robert Kaplan discusses the importance of fiscal policy and structural reform.

April 12, 2018

United States
Play Bob Iger A Conversation With Disney CEO Robert A. Iger

HAASS: So let’s start actually with the 800-pound gorilla, which is the big thing, the acquisition of 21st Century Fox. Given what Blair said, given how stunningly well you’ve done, how well you’re d…

February 3, 2017

Syria
Why Syria’s War Grinds On

As diplomatic efforts to broker a settlement to the civil war have so far come up short and the Islamic State retains a foothold in the east, a segmented Syria will likely experience reduced but pers…

August 3, 2011

United States
Syria: How to Avoid Civil War, and What to Ask Ambassador Ford.

I’ve recently written two articles on Syria. In the Wall Street Journal, I discussed what actions might be taken to help avoid sectarian conflict. The longer the current violence continues the more l…

August 6, 2018

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Trump Abbas 2 Reading The Trump Administration in Ramallah

Does the United States seek relations with Hamas in Gaza and to undermine the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) leadership in the West Bank? Palestinians officials and insiders asked me this qu…

June 28, 2018

Libya
HNEC attack Rushing Libya’s Elections Will Lead to Disaster

The following is a guest post by Alexander Decina, research associate for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. For more than two years, the UN-backed Government of National …

January 3, 2007

Heads of State and Government
Dallek: Historians Will Regard Ford as ‘Distinctly Minor President’

Robert Dallek, a prominent historian on the American presidency, says that historians will remember President Gerald R. Ford as “a distinctly minor figure,” in part because he was in office for such …

July 1, 2018

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
GARY HERSHORN / REUTERS The Long Shadow of 9/11: How Counterterrorism Warps U.S. Foreign Policy

This article was originally published in Foreign Affairs.  When it comes to political orientation, worldview, life experience, and temperament, the past three presidents of the United States could…