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July 21, 2011

Economic Crises
Why the U.S. Needs to Cut the Deficit

While Congress is likely to raise the U.S. debt ceiling ahead of the August 2 deadline, lawmakers will still need to hash out a long-term deficit-reduction package to avoid market disruption and pres…

August 17, 2009

Afghanistan
Afghan Elections: A Perilous Time

Ahmed Rashid, a leading expert on Afghanistan, says the August 20 presidential election in Afghanistan is "critically important" to achieving political stability, but he worries the vote will trigger…

August 24, 2009

Iraq
Reappraising U.S. Withdrawal from Iraqi Cities

Veteran reporter Jane Arraf says the massive truck bombings of August 19 in Baghdad have shaken the people and government. She says the United States may have to take a new look at the policy of leav…

October 3, 2008

United States
Setting a Constructive Russia Agenda

Steven Pifer, an expert on Russian affairs and former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, says U.S.-Russia relations have "deteriorated significantly" since their high point just after 9/11. The next U.S. ad…

March 29, 2010

Iraq
After the Elections: Iraq’s Uncertain Future

The close, completed counts in Iraq’s elections mean that it will take months of coalition-building, and Sunni-Shiite political tensions, before it’s clear who will head the new government, says CFR …

July 27, 2010

Elections and Voting
Behind Iraq’s Long Political Indecision

Iraq’s two leading parties will probably not pull together a coalition government until September, says Iraq expert Reidar Visser, and Washington has failed to push along the political process.  

January 10, 2003

Venezuela
Venezuela So Polarized That Crisis Could Dramatically Worsen, Says Council’s Latin America Studies Deputy Director Julia Sweig

Julia Sweig, the Council on Foreign Relations’ deputy director of Latin America Studies, says that strikes and demonstrations against Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez could continue for months …

August 28, 2006

United States
Perkovich: U.S. Needs ’Conversation’ With Putin on Iran Sanctions

George Perkovich, a leading expert on nuclear proliferation, says the Bush administration may have to drop its regime change strategy for Iran in order to get Russian support for UN sanctions on Tehr…

September 1, 2015

China
Gauging the Fallout From the Chinese Market Shock

Beyond China’s market upheaval is a country struggling with how to relax state control over the economy amid a slowdown that has global implications, writes CFR’s Robert Kahn.

October 28, 2008

Iraq
Transparency and Surpluses in Iraq’s Oil-Dependent Budget

An official at the U.S. Government Accountability Office says Iraq will retain a healthy budget surplus in spite of falling oil prices. He also notes that auditors’ access to Iraq’s finances could be…