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January 9, 2006

Germany
Drozdiak: Relations with Putin Likely a Major Item in Talks between Merkel and Bush

William Drozdiak, president of the American Council on Germany, says the new chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, sees her January 13 meeting at the White House with President Bush as a chance “to g…

January 4, 2006

International Organizations
Luers: UN’s Record for 2005 ’Surprisingly Positive’ With Some Major Reforms on Track

William H. Luers, president of the United Nations Association of the United States, says the United Nations (UN) had a "surprisingly positive" record in 2005, which was marked by a number of new refo…

May 12, 2006

United States
Lindsay: Iraq Has Largely Shattered Bush’s Popularity

James M. Lindsay, CFR Vice President and Director of Studies, says President Bush’s public approval ratings "are down because he’s in trouble in his foreign policy, most notably in Iraq." Says Lindsa…

May 19, 2006

Intelligence
Former Top CIA Official Says Agency Can be Revived Through Leadership, Focus

A former deputy director of the CIA, Richard J. Kerr, says the agency needs a strong leader who can restore its role as the leading source of intelligence analysis. Kerr says the new head of the CIA …

July 10, 2006

United States
Danilovich: New Aid Program ‘Aggressively Engaged’ in Reforms for the Developing World

John Danilovich, chief executive of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, says the organization has become more aggressively engaged with developing nations in pressing economic reforms and is now di…

July 27, 2006

Israel
Indyk: Keep Syria and Iran Out of Negotiations Over Lebanon

Martin S. Indyk, a former top U.S.policymaker on the Middle East, says it would be wrong to invite Iran and Syria, the major backers of Hezbollah, into negotiations to end the current fighting betwee…

August 9, 2006

Israel
Ross: Israeli Escalation of War Might Hasten UN Action

Dennis B. Ross, former chief Middle East negotiator for Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, says the Israeli Cabinet’s decision to authorize a widening ground offensive in Lebanon might has…

October 11, 2006

United States
Deutch: U.S. Must Expand Oil, Gas Production While Researching Alternatives

The cochair of a new CFR Task Force on U.S. energy policy says the White House and Congress need to act now to bolster oil and gas supplies and boost research into alternative power sources.

January 24, 2006

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
Segal: China Hoping to Avoid Confrontation Over Iran’s Nuclear Program

Adam Segal, a CFR expert on Chinese technological and military policies, says the U.S. and European effort to bring Iran to the Security Council for its decision to continue research and work on its …

February 9, 2007

Emerging Markets
Bhagwati: U.S. Must Rethink Doha Demands

CFR’s Jagdish Bhagwati says U.S. must alter its approach to developing nations.