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September 25, 2003

Russia
Council Expert Says Putin Eager to Repair Relations With U.S.

Stephen R. Sestanovich, a top Russian expert who served in the Clinton administration as ambassador-at-large and special adviser to the secretary of state for the newly independent Soviet states, sa…

December 20, 2002

Iraq
U.S. Public Is Unconvinced on Need to Wage War Against Iraq, Says Council on Foreign Relations President Les Gelb

Les Gelb, the president of the Council on Foreign Relations, says that he is surprised by the degree of opposition in the United States to an invasion of Iraq. On a recent speaking tour, Gelb …

July 17, 2014

Germany
Will U.S.-Germany Relations Recover?

U.S.-Germany relations have plunged to new lows, but the alliance is far greater than the recent controversy over espionage, says expert Karen Donfried.

December 4, 2002

Saudi Arabia
Saudis in ‘Dramatic Debate’ Over U.S. Relations, Says Council’s Middle East Studies Fellow Youssef Ibrahim

Youssef Ibrahim, a Council senior fellow in Middle East Studies, argues that since 9/11, Saudi Arabia is undergoing a “dramatic debate” about its relationship with America—the m…

March 27, 2018

Russia
What’s Next for Russia’s Relations With the West?

The expulsion of Russian diplomats by more than twenty governments is a remarkable show of unity and a deepening of Moscow’s rift with the West.

Russian flag flies over Seattle consulate.

January 31, 2012

International Organizations
Security Council Showdown on Syria

A UN Security Council resolution calling for Syria’s President Assad to step down faces stiff Russian opposition. Expert Andrew Tabler examines Russia’s motives, Syria’s internal fissures, and the pr…

November 12, 2008

United States
Presidents and the National Security Council

President-elect Barack Obama assembles his national security team at a time when responsibility for foreign policymaking has shifted increasingly to the White House, says Carnegie Endowment scholar D…

March 5, 2012

Iran
Crisis-Managing U.S.-Iran Relations

Parliamentary elections have bolstered the position of Iran’s Supreme Leader Khamenei, says expert Gary Sick. He lays out options for Washington to deal with Tehran over its nuclear program amid grow…

February 26, 2007

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Markey: Complex U.S.-Pakistan Relations

Daniel Markey, a former State Department specialist on South Asia for the Policy Planning Council, says relations between Pakistan and the United States have fluctuated widely in recent years. The Un…

October 2, 2009

Diplomacy and International Institutions
The Road Ahead for U.S.-Iran Relations

Following the high-level U.S.-Iran talks, Iran expert John Limbert says it is possible that the way is being cleared for an eventual long-term dialogue between the two nations but nonetheless urges c…