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June 26, 2002

Saudi Arabia
Youssef Ibrahim discusses Saudi feelings toward the U.S.

National Public Radio: All Things Considered ROBERT SIEGEL, host: One aspect of the Saudi-US relationship is financial. The Saudis bank much of their considerable national wealth in the United States…

May 9, 2003

Palestinian Territories
Siegman Warns That Unless Bush Presses Sharon, Success for the ‘Road Map’ Remain Remote

Henry Siegman, the Council on Foreign Relations’ foremost expert on Israeli-Palestinian relations, says that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has staked out a position that “hardly auge…

September 4, 2003

Indonesia
Jones: Personal and Financial Ties Between al Qaeda and Jemaah Islamiyah

Sidney Jones, a leading expert on Indonesia and its terror movements, says there are “solid links” between Osama bin Laden’s network and Jemaah Islamiyah (J.I.). But, she adds, “I am also very strong…

January 27, 2004

Iran
Iran Expert Sees Need for United States and Iran to Open Dialogue Because ’We Are Now Neighbors’

Gary Sick, former director of Columbia University’s Middle East Institute, forecasts a convergence of views between the United States and Iran because they “are now neighbors” and must broaden their …

December 18, 2003

Iraq
Former CIA Profiler: Saddam’s Arrest Can Produce ’Real Shift’ in Supporters’ Attitudes

Dr. Jerrold M. Post, who during a 21-year career at the Central Intelligence Agency provided assessments of foreign leaders for the White House, says the capture of Saddam Hussein can have important…

January 6, 2006

Israel
Haass ‘Somewhat Pessimistic’ About Chances for Progress Toward Israeli-Palestinian Peace With Departure of Sharon From Political Scene

Richard N. Haass, the president of CFR, says the loss of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon from the Israeli political scene, combined with the disarray in the Palestinian political ranks, leads him to “ a …

March 22, 2006

Elections and Voting
Makovsky: Olmert Likely to Head New Israeli Government in Coalition with Labor

David Makovsky, a leading expert on Israeli politics, says the upcoming election is likely to result in a government headed by acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who will lead his Kadima Party in a c…

May 5, 2006

United States
Verleger: Oil Prices Peaking, But Hurricanes or Other Events Could Send Them Higher

Philip K. Verleger, a well-known expert on the economics of oil, says that the current price of oil, which has dropped below $70 a barrel, has probably peaked for the moment. Yet he warns that any pr…

October 13, 2006

Middle East and North Africa
Pollack: Iraq May End Up Worse Off Than Under Saddam

A leading proponent of invading Iraq, Kenneth M. Pollack now fears Iraq could end up worse off than it was under Saddam Hussein.

January 30, 2007

Wars and Conflict
Pollack: Bush’s Iraq Plan Deserves Chance

Kenneth M. Pollack says Democrats should give President Bush’s new Iraq plan a chance, but also prepare alternatives.