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June 5, 2003

Middle East and North Africa
Bush and the Middle East

During President Bush’s two-day summit in the Middle East, both the president and Arab leaders strongly condemmed acts of terrorism. The Arab leaders of Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia along …

November 4, 2003

Cuba
Cuba Expert Sweig: ’We Need a New Approach’ to Castro

Julia E. Sweig, the Council on Foreign Relations’ top Cuba expert, says there is considerable pressure from congressional Republicans to ease the U.S. trade embargo on Havana by opening up travel and…

November 21, 2003

United Kingdom
Hoge: Bush’s Image and Message Likely Enhanced by Trip to Britain

Warren Hoge, the chief London correspondent for The New York Times, says that as a result of his trip to Britain, President Bush “has certainly improved his image” overseas. What remains t…

January 27, 2004

Iran
Iran Expert Sees Need for United States and Iran to Open Dialogue Because ’We Are Now Neighbors’

Gary Sick, former director of Columbia University’s Middle East Institute, forecasts a convergence of views between the United States and Iran because they “are now neighbors” and must broaden their …

October 12, 2005

Elections and Voting
Drozdiak: Germany’s ’Grand Coalition’ Amounts to ’National Emergency Government’

William M. Drozdiak, president of the American Council on Germany, says the emerging “grand coalition” government to be headed by Angela Merkel of the conservative Christian Democratic Union must fa…

February 22, 2006

Iran
Brumberg: U.S. Should Avoid ’Shooting Ourselves in Foot’ Trying to Isolate Hamas

Daniel Brumberg, an expert on democratic movements in the Middle East at Georgetown University, says Hamas’s victory in the recent parliamentary elections in the Palestinian Authority underscores the…

February 24, 2006

Iraq
Lang: Political Process Will Move Forward in Iraq, Despite Sectarian Violence

W. Patrick Lang, former head of Middle East Affairs and Counterterrorism at the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency, tells cfr.org the attack on the Askariya Shrine will not scuttle Iraq’s political pro…

May 9, 2006

United States
Betts: Hayden Likely to Be Pressed in Confirmation Hearing on Wiretapping Issue

Richard K. Betts, a CFR expert on the intelligence community, says that he sees no reason that the nomination of General Michael V. Hayden to head the Central Intelligence Agency should be blocked by…

May 19, 2006

International Law
Feldman: Guantanamo Detainees May be Difficult to Try, Depending on Hamdan Ruling

CFR Adjunct Fellow Noah Feldman, discussing the legal issues at stake in the upcoming Hamdan decision, says the case will decide whether military tribunals are constitutionally sufficient and warns t…

August 7, 2006

Lebanon
Syria’s U.S. Ambassador: Syria Can Play ’Constructive Role’ in Resolving Lebanese War

Syria’s U.S. ambassador says Damascus can play a "constructive role" in resolving the current fighting in Lebanon but is getting the diplomatic cold shoulder from the Bush administration.