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February 18, 2004

Iraq
O’Hanlon: U.S. ’Caucuses’ Plan for Iraq Is ’Unworkable’

Michael O’Hanlon, an Iraq expert at the Brookings Institution, argues that the U.S. plan to hand over sovereignty to Iraq after a series of caucuses is “unworkable” and ought to be replaced by a syst…

April 5, 2004

Israel
Makovsky: Sharon Is Making History With Gaza Pullout Plan

David Makovsky, a senior fellow and director of the Project on the Middle East Peace Process at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, says that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s proposal to evac…

February 27, 2004

Iraq
101st Commander Sees ’A Lot of Reasons’ for Optimism in Iraq

Major General David H. Petraeus, the recently returned commander of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), which fought its way to Baghdad and then administered northern Iraq for nearly a year, …

April 9, 2004

Iraq
Chalabi Says Ayatollah Sistani Is the Key To Stopping the Surge of Violence in Iraq

Ahmad Chalabi, head of the U.S.-backed Iraqi National Congress and a member of the Iraqi Governing Council, says the council is working behind the scenes to stop the recent clashes between insurgents…

August 25, 2005

Democracy
Christopher Langton on Security and Elections in Afghanistan

On September 18, Afghans go to the polls to elect a lower house of parliament and councils in all thirty-four provinces. However, a recent spate of attacks by members of the deposed Taliban and forei…

August 4, 2005

Mauritania
LYMAN: Impact of Mauritania Coup Unclear

A group of military officers staged a coup in the oil-rich western African nation of Mauritania August 3, deposing President Maaoya Sid’Ahmed Ould Taya and declaring they will hold power for two year…

March 6, 2006

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
Talbott: ’Profound Concerns’ About U.S. Nuclear Deal with India

Strobe Talbott, as deputy Secretary of State in the Clinton administration, was the lead negotiator who failed to get India to give up its nuclear weapons program. He says he has "profound and persis…

March 31, 2006

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
Leverett: Bush Administration ‘Not Serious’ About Dealing With Iran

Flynt L. Leverett, a former top U.S. national security official, says the Bush administration doesn’t have a strategy for dealing with the Iranian nuclear issue. Leverett tells cfr.org that a main pr…

April 19, 2006

Iraq
Gelb: Rumsfeld’s Resignation Should Have Been Accepted a Year Ago

Leslie H. Gelb, president emeritus of CFR, and a former Pentagon and State Department official in the Johnson and Carter administrations, says the public criticism of Secretary of Defense Donald M. R…

September 11, 2006

Cuba
Latell: A Post-Fidel Cuba Likely to Experiment with Economic Reforms

Brian Latell, who for many years was the CIA’s top Cuban and Latin American analyst, says if Fidel Castro is unable to recover from his ailments his successors are likely to be more willing to experi…