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March 26, 1999

Afghanistan
Testimony on the Situation in Afghanistan Before the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

Recent Events and Political Actors in AfghanistanFor policy recommendations, see text of oral testimony1. INTRODUCTION: SUMMARY OVERVIEW1On August 8, 1998, the Taliban (Islamic student) movement of A…

April 15, 2003

Iraq
Arms Control Expert Says U.S. Seeks to Force Changes on ‘Bad Guy’ Nations Like Syria

Joseph Cirincione, director of the Non-Proliferation Project at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, says that international opinion will see the war in Iraq as legitimate only if forces …

September 4, 2003

Indonesia
Jones: Personal and Financial Ties Between al Qaeda and Jemaah Islamiyah

Sidney Jones, a leading expert on Indonesia and its terror movements, says there are “solid links” between Osama bin Laden’s network and Jemaah Islamiyah (J.I.). But, she adds, “I am also very strong…

January 11, 2005

Middle East and North Africa
The January 9 Elections and Beyond: The Road Ahead for Israelis, Palestinians, and the U.S. in 2005

Council on Foreign RelationsNew York, N.Y. STEVEN COOK: I'd like to welcome you all here this evening to the Council on Foreign Relations for a meeting with a good friend and colleague, David Mak…

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July 21, 2005

Palestinian Territories
Makovsky: Very Hot Political Summer Ahead in Israel

David Makovsky, senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, says that, with the scheduled withdrawal of Israeli settlers from Gaza, there is a “sense of a looming showdown” betwee…

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…

March 29, 2006

Elections and Voting
Siegman: Some Major Surprises in Israeli Election

Henry Siegman, CFR’s leading expert on Israeli and Palestinian affairs, says Israel’s parliamentary elections held some major surprises, although Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has emerged as expe…

January 5, 2006

Israel

March 22, 2006

Elections and Voting
Makovsky: Olmert Likely to Head New Israeli Government in Coalition with Labor

David Makovsky, a leading expert on Israeli politics, says the upcoming election is likely to result in a government headed by acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who will lead his Kadima Party in a c…

June 2, 2006

Palestinian Territories
Asali: Palestinians Support Abbas’ Referendum Plan by Huge Majority

Ziad J. Asali, president and founder of the American Task Force on Palestine, a group dedicated to setting up a state of Palestine alongside that of Israel, says that the call two weeks ago by Palest…