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July 22, 2002

United States
How Does U.S. Use Its Power?

From: SHOW: DIPLOMATIC LICENSE 04:00 AM Eastern Standard TimeUNIDENTIFIED MALE: If you ask Americans do you want America to rule the world, their answer is going to be no.UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We must n…

November 22, 2002

Iran
U.S.-Iranian Relations at an Impasse, Says Iran Expert Gary Sick

Gary Sick, the director of Columbia University’s Middle East Institute, says that any warming trend in U.S.-Iranian relations has stalled. Despite “widespread dissent and dissatisfac…

April 9, 2003

Iraq
Council Co-Sponsors Third Qatar Conference on Democracy and Free Trade in Doha

April 9, 2003 - The Council will co-sponsor the Third Qatar Conference on Democracy and Free Trade on April 14-15, in Doha with the Islamic Institute, the University of Qatar and the Qatari Chamber …

August 9, 2004

United States
On Foreign Affairs August Bestseller List: New Books by Peter G. Peterson, Franklin Foer, and Others

FOREIGN AFFAIRS magazine has released its latest rankings of the top-selling books on American foreign policy and international affairs compiled in cooperation with Barnes & Noble. Among the notable …

May 6, 2005

Economics
The Neiman Marcus economy powers on …

Luxury retailers are doing better than retailers that sell to poor folks ... that probably reflects the difference between those who are trying to get by on stagnant wage income in the face of higher…

June 10, 2005

Middle East and North Africa
Cook: Washington Should Support ’Basic Democratic Principles’

Steven A. Cook, director of the Council on Foreign Relations’ new independent Task Force report, In Support of Arab Democracy: Why and How? says that, despite widespread criticism of the United Stat…

August 10, 2005

United States
Bob is a good name …

I am a big fan of Robert (Bob) Rubin, so if I cannot be Brad, Bob is not a bad second choice. The US has racked up a deficit of around $2,247bn (€1,821bn, £1,260bn) since 2001 without suffering …

September 21, 2005

North Korea
North Korea Expert Pritchard: Agreement is a ‘Good’ One, But Dealing with Details Will Be Tough

Charles L. Pritchard, a former top U.S. negotiator with North Korea, says the recently announced set of principles for ending North Korea’s nuclear-weapons program was “a good agreement” and set the …

October 21, 2005

Syria
Cook: UN Report Is Clear in Blaming Assad Regime for Hariri Assassination, but Probably Only ‘A Palace Coup’ Will Bring Change in Damascus

Likening the leadership in Damascus to The Sopranos, Steven A. Cook, an Arab affairs expert at the Council, says the UN report on the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri is c…

December 11, 2005

Emerging Markets
My paper on Argentina and the Fund’s balance sheet paper: More residue from a former life

Before working on the US current account, Chinese reserve accumulation and petrodollars, I spent most of my time thinking about financial crises in emerging economies.   In early 2004, I worked prima…