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June 12, 2008

Climate Change
Climate Control Should Be Important Component of U.S. Foreign Policy

Michael A. Levi, who directed CFR’s Independent Task Force on global climate change, says the United States needs to demonstrate how reducing carbon emissions can be balanced with economic growth.

November 10, 2005

Jordan
Arraf: Terrorist Attacks in Amman, Baghdad Underscore ‘Complete Uncertainty’ in Region

Jane Arraf, the Council’s Edward R. Murrow press fellow, who recently was CNN’s bureau chief in Baghdad, and earlier, the Reuters bureau chief in Amman, says what is striking about the continued terr…

November 21, 2005

Elections and Voting
Stern: New German ‘Grand Coalition’ Government a Major, Positive Achievement

Fritz Stern, a leading historian on Germany, says the coming to power in Germany of a so-called Grand Coalition between the rival Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and Social Democratic Party (SPD), i…

December 17, 2008

United States
Bush Administration ’Drained and Lessened’ American Power in World

As President George W. Bush enters his final month in office, Leslie H. Gelb, a former high-ranking national security official who served ten years as CFR’s president, assesses the Bush administratio…

December 20, 2002

Iraq
U.S. Public Is Unconvinced on Need to Wage War Against Iraq, Says Council on Foreign Relations President Les Gelb

Les Gelb, the president of the Council on Foreign Relations, says that he is surprised by the degree of opposition in the United States to an invasion of Iraq. On a recent speaking tour, Gelb …

March 18, 2003

Iraq
Former Marine Corps General Bernard Trainor Worries About U.S. Force Level and Lack of a Northern Front in Advance of Iraq War

Former Marine Corps General Trainor says he’s “not quite comfortable” with the size and makeup of the U.S. forces based in Kuwait, asserting that the military has been slow to send in…

May 28, 2004

China
Kristof: 15 Years Later, Tiananmen Square Remains ’Elephant’ in Chinese Politics

Nicholas D. Kristof and his wife, Sheryl Wudunn, were Beijing-based correspondents for The New York Times when, on June 3-4, 1989, Chinese authorities brutally cracked down on pro-democracy demonstra…

March 6, 2007

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
Oberdorfer: Nuclear Test Spurred Negotiations

Don Oberdorfer, a leading Korea expert, says “important progress” has been made toward normalization of U.S.-North Korea relations.

October 29, 2002

Russia
There is a Way Out of Russia’s Chechen Nightmare, Says Council’s Fellow Rajan Menon

The Moscow theater siege was a portent of more terrorism to come, warns Rajan Menon, a Council on Foreign Relations senior fellow specializing in Russia. He argues that the shocking attack shows that…

March 28, 2003

Iraq
Trainor Says Early Assumptions in Iraq Fail, Causing Conflict to Continue; Notes that Iraqis Are Using Vietnam War Era Tactics

Former three-star Marine Corps General Bernard Trainor says that a “shock and awe” air campaign has failed and an anticipated uprising of Shiias has not occurred, thereby prolonging the Ir…