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October 3, 2007

Defense and Security
Abramowitz: Drawdown Will Force Adjustments in Iraqi Security Training

A U.S. official involved in training Iraqi forces says the U.S. military will likely have to adjust the way it assists Iraqi units as coalition forces withdraw.

April 27, 2007

Elections and Voting
Abramowitz: Major Political Clash in Turkey between ’Secularists’ and ’Islamists’

Morton I. Abramowitz, U.S. Ambassador to Turkey during the first Persian Gulf War in 1990-1991, says many Turkish “Secularists” fear that the government headed by the “Islamist” party of Prime Minist…

February 24, 2003

Turkey
Former Envoy Abramowitz Says Turkey Will Receive $6 Billion in Aid and Billions in Loans

Morton I. Abramowitz, U.S. Ambassador to Turkey during the 1990-91 Gulf War, says that the Bush administration has worked out a deal with Turkey that will allow some 60,000 U.S. troops to invade Ira…

October 9, 2003

Turkey
Former Envoy Abramowitz: Turkey’s Decision to Deploy Peacekeepers a ’Big Advance’

Morton I. Abramowitz, the U.S. ambassador to Turkey during the 1990-1991 Persian Gulf War, says the decision by the Turkish government and parliament to send peacekeeping troops to Iraq is a “big adv…

November 1, 2002

North Korea
No Crisis with North Korea, Says Council’s Independent Task Force Co-Chairman Morton Abramowitz

Morton Abramowitz, who is co-chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations Independent Task Force on Korea, says that despite North Korea’s disclosure that it has a secret nuclear weapons program, “we…

September 6, 2007

Wars and Conflict
Meese Says With Iraqis’ Help, Security Is Improving

Col. Michael J. Meese, a member of Gen. David Petraeus’ team assessing progress in Iraq in advance of the general’s report to Congress next week, says violence in Iraq is down due to cooperation betw…

May 12, 2014

Israel
The Pitfalls of Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks

Mistrust, complex domestic politics, and a lack of urgency by Israeli and Palestinian leaders continue to bedevil peace talks brokered by the Obama administration, says former U.S. negotiator Aaron D…

December 19, 2014

Israel
UN Shouldn’t Force Israel’s Hand

A UN Security Council vote pushing Israel to leave the Palestinian territories by 2017 would likely undermine the peace process, says expert David Makovsky.  

April 2, 2007

Peacekeeping
Makovsky: Time is Right for Israeli-Arab Negotiations

David Makovsky, an expert on Middle East diplomacy, says Israel’s Prime Minister reacted positively to the recent Riyadh Arab League declaration and is interested in negotiating with Saudi Arabia.

May 14, 2008

Palestinian Territories
Probe into Olmert’s Finances Imperils Israeli-Palestinian Peace Outline

David Makovsky, an expert on Israeli politics, says there is concern a forced resignation of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert could unravel his efforts on Palestinian peace.