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September 24, 2008

Bhutan
Bhutan’s Road to Democracy

Bhutan’s first democratically-elected prime minister discusses the century-old monarchy’s transition to democracy and its ties with its neighbors, India and China.  

August 12, 2009

Food and Water Security
Obama’s Food Security Initiative in Africa

CFR Senior Fellow Laurie Garrett says President Barack Obama’s agriculture development and food security initiative holds promise, but it must focus on how to assist women, who are responsible for th…

June 7, 2011

Global
HIV’s Tenuous Funding Road

With the UN meeting on AIDS funding this week, CFR’s Laurie Garrett says the slow response to the AIDS epidemic was the single biggest failure in public health and argues the need to double funding f…

June 26, 2008

United States
Nuclear Agreement with North Korea Is ’A Useful Initial Step’

CFR’s Gary Samore says North Korea’s declaration on its nuclear activities and lifting of sanctions by the United States marks "a useful initial step" but more work needs to be done to ensure disarma…

August 16, 2010

Afghanistan
Long Road Ahead for Afghan Security Forces

The transition of security responsibilities to Afghan forces within four years will require a significant increase in international training efforts, but NATO’s Jack Kem says coalition forces are mak…

July 28, 2011

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Tightening the Pentagon’s Belt

Defense-spending cuts should be a big part of a deficit reduction deal, says CFR’s Richard Betts, with the Pentagon pursuing a budget that reflects a reduced threat environment and limits the product…

September 8, 2003

Palestinian Territories
Siegman: The Middle East ’Road Map’ Has Collapsed

Henry Siegman, the Council on Foreign Relations’ foremost expert on Palestinian-Israeli relations, says that the Middle East road map for peace now seems dead, and he blames Israel and the United Sta…

September 13, 2018

Sub-Saharan Africa
The Risks of Reducing U.S. Special Operations in Africa

The Pentagon plans to withdraw its special operations forces in Africa, but major cutbacks could threaten recent efforts to counter terrorism threats across the region.

Chadian soldiers take a break during Operation Flintlock, U.S.-led military exercises, in Diffa, Niger.

June 2, 2003

Palestinian Territories
Quandt Says Bush Must Make Personal Investment in ’Road Map’

William B. Quandt, a leading historian of Middle East diplomacy, says that modest progress is possible toward an eventual Palestinian-Israeli agreement based on the U.S.-backed peace plan known as t…

May 1, 2003

Israel
Siegman: Why the ‘Road Map’ Is Likely to Lead to a Dead End

Henry Siegman, director of the Council on Foreign Relations’ U.S./Middle East Project and a long-time expert on Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, explains the sweep of the newly released “road map” f…