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January 31, 2006

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
Takeyh: Security Council Unlikely to Take Strong Action Against Iran

Ray Takeyh, the CFR’s top Iranian expert, says the latest spurt of diplomacy will lead to a discussion in the UN Security Council and more diplomacy, but he doubts that the Security Council will take…

March 3, 2006

Palestinian Territories
Khalidi: Is Hamas’ Terrorism Permanent Or Can It Change?

Rashid Khalidi, an expert on Palestinian politics, who is the director of Columbia University’s Middle East Institute, says Hamas’ overwhelming victory in the Palestinian legislative elections was du…

August 14, 2003

Liberia
Crocker: ’’Everybody Except Us Understands that Liberia Is an American Responsibility’’

Chester A. Crocker, a pre-eminent U.S. expert on Africa and a professor of strategic studies at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, says that the “debate raging within the a…

June 17, 2003

Germany
Joffe Says France, Germany Learned They Could Not Stop U.S. Power; a New ’NATO II’ Seems to Be Emerging.

Josef Joffe, the publisher and editor of the Germany weekly, Die Zeit, says that the effort by the French and Germans to prevent the United States from using its power in Iraq failed and there now i…

November 11, 2009

Immigration and Migration
Stricter Rules for Skilled-Worker Visas Are a Mistake

The recession has added fuel to the debate over skilled-worker visas, including a recent congressional effort to create stricter rules. CFR’s Jagdish Bhagwati says the United States should be welcomi…

April 1, 2011

Ivory Coast
Ending Ivory Coast’s Stand-Off

Conflict in Ivory Coast appears to be nearing a head, with internationally recognized presidential winner Alassane Ouattara poised to triumph. But CFR’s Jendayi Frazer notes that inaction by the Secu…

February 26, 2009

Security Alliances
Issues Facing NATO On Its 60th Birthday

F. Stephen Larrabee, a specialist on European security issues, says NATO’s troubled expedition in Afghanistan shadows its 60th birthday summit in April, while prospects exist for easing tensions with…

July 14, 2003

Liberia
Lyman: Liberia Issue Dogged Bush’s Africa Trip

Princeton N. Lyman, a former U.S. ambassador to Nigeria and to South Africa, says President Bush’s July 8-12 trip to Africa was overshadowed by the issue of Liberia and whether Washington would compl…

November 3, 2010

United States
Obama’s Political Obstacle Course

The Republican gains in Congress mean complications for President Obama’s arms control policy, a stalled climate change agenda, possible movement on trade, and likely more support on Afghanistan, say…

June 20, 2006

North Korea
Allison: U.S. Policy on North Korea ’Abject Failure’; Iran May Be Closer to Nuclear Weapons Than U.S. Thinks

Graham Allison, a leading expert on nuclear terrorism, says the Bush administration policy toward North Korea of "threaten and neglect" has been a failure. He also warns that faulty U.S. intelligence…