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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 …

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…

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 …

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…

February 25, 2010

Capital Flows
Obama’s Flawed Export Plan

News that global trade contracted in 2009 underscores the need for Obama’s trade strategy to include negotiating exchange rates with Asian countries and promoting free trade agreements, says IIE’s Ga…

May 20, 2009

Economic Crises
Derivatives Plan a Watershed, but Risks Loom

Gillian Tett of the Financial Times assesses the new U.S. plan for regulating derivatives markets and says regulators must balance the need to create transparency against the risk of stifling financi…

December 17, 2007

Monetary Policy
Kubarych: Central Bank Plan ’Win-Win Situation’ for Banks

CFR’s Roger Kubarych says a new plan could boost banks’ confidence about reserve requirements, but adds that other problems loom.

July 21, 2011

Economic Crises
Why the U.S. Needs to Cut the Deficit

While Congress is likely to raise the U.S. debt ceiling ahead of the August 2 deadline, lawmakers will still need to hash out a long-term deficit-reduction package to avoid market disruption and pres…

April 26, 2007

United States
Gingrich: Bipartisanship, and Possibly His Candidacy, Needed to Right U.S. Foreign Policy

Former House Speaker and prospective presidential candidate Newt Gingrich urges a more bipartisan approach to solving problems from Iraq to homeland security and hints he may enter the race late this…

April 30, 2010

International Organizations
Crisis for Europe in Greek Debt?

The IMF and European leaders have gotten serious about Greece’s debt, says CFR’s Charles Kupchan. But the crisis also raises concerns about the eurozone’s unity.