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October 25, 2002

Middle East and North Africa
War with Iraq Isn’t Inevitable, Argues Council’s Middle East Director Rachel Bronson

War with Iraq is not inevitable, says Rachel Bronson, director of Middle East Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Noting the “stunning” Iraqi prisoner release and mounting international pres…

April 11, 2003

Iraq
Middle East Expert Says U.S. Faces ‘Tall Order’ in Forming New Iraq

Fouad Ajami, director of Middle East Studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, says that the United States needs “a crash course” i…

February 6, 2006

Europe
Europe Update

Council on Foreign RelationsNew York, NYRICHARD R. BURT:  Well, thank you.  We’re going to get started right away, so we can keep on schedule here, but I’m delighted to be the presider or facilitato…

January 27, 2006

Elections and Voting
Siegman: U.S., Israel and EU Must Deal With Hamas If it Drops Harsh Policies Toward Israel

Henry Siegman, CFR’s leading expert on Israeli-Palestinian affairs, says there are signs Hamas may be seeking ways to ease its policies calling for Israel’s destruction. Siegman says it is important …

December 4, 2006

Lebanon
El Reedy: Arabs Need to Talk to Iran on Settling Lebanon Crisis

Abdel Raouf El Reedy, a former Egyptian ambassador to the United States and a Mideast expert, says Arab leaders need to engage Iran to find a solution to the crisis in Lebanon.

February 14, 2007

Palestinian Territories
Malley: Palestinian Unity Government Opens Way to Possible Agreement With Israel

Robert Malley, an expert on Middle East policy, says the recent agreement between Fatah and Hamas should be encouraged as the best way to bring about an agreement with Israel.

March 16, 2007

Saudi Arabia
Gause: Saudis Aim to Roll Back Iranian Influence in Region

F. Gregory Gause III, a leading Saudi Arabia expert, says the intensified Saudi diplomacy of recent weeks has been largely aimed at containing Iranian influence in the Middle East.

April 2, 2007

Peacekeeping
Makovsky: Time is Right for Israeli-Arab Negotiations

David Makovsky, an expert on Middle East diplomacy, says Israel’s Prime Minister reacted positively to the recent Riyadh Arab League declaration and is interested in negotiating with Saudi Arabia.

June 19, 2008

Diplomacy and International Institutions
A Conversation with Condoleezza Rice

Watch U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice reflect on the lessons of the past eight years and answer questions about the future of U.S. foreign policy at the CFR International Affairs Fellows For…

June 9, 2009

Economic Crises
Reflections on Economic Policy in a Time of Crisis

Watch National Economic Council Director Lawrence H. Summers explain the Obama adminstration's short and long term actions to mitigate the financial crisis. This session was part of the 2009 Nationa…