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January 21, 2003

Iraq
Bush Has Choice: Early War with Iraq or Wait for Saddam to Slip and Reveal “Smoking Gun,” Says Council’s Lee Feinstein

Lee Feinstein, the director for Security Affairs at the Council on Foreign Relations, says that President Bush may decide to use the State of the Union address to launch a “second phase” of…

November 4, 2005

Elections and Voting
Sestanovich: Azerbaijan Vote Could Turn Violent If ‘Grossly Manipulated’

Stephen R. Sestanovich, a former ambassador-at-large and special adviser to the secretary of state for newly independent states of the former Soviet Union, says the parliamentary elections set for Mo…

March 10, 2006

Americas
Sweig: Rice, Hughes Aim to Show Relations with South America "Not as Negative as they are Perceived to Be"

As Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy Karen Hughes prepare for their trip to South America, CFR Senior Fellow Julia Sweig says the United States must…

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.

November 9, 2006

United States
Sick: Expect ‘Realism and Pragmatism’ From Gates in Pentagon

Gary G. Sick, a prominent expert on Iran, worked with Robert M. Gates in the White House during the Ford and Carter administrations. He says the nomination of Gates to replace Donald M. Rumsfeld as s…

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.

January 9, 2008

Elections and Voting
Shlaes: Economy Looms as Test for McCain, Clinton

Amity Shlaes, an economic scholar, says she is impressed by Sen. John McCain’s New Hampshire primary win but notes that he has not traditionally concentrated on economic policy, a chief area of voter…

March 5, 2009

Syria
U.S. Diplomatic Overture to Syria Unlikely to Narrow Gulf of Differences

Elliott Abrams, former chief Middle East adviser on the National Security Council, says the Obama administration’s move to send diplomats to Damascus for talks marks "a real policy change" but he is …

May 13, 2009

Syria
Syria Looking for Improved Relations with Obama Administration

Syria expert Joshua Landis says both the Syrian government and the Obama administration are looking to improve relations, but the renewal of sanctions by the United States, designating the country as…

July 8, 2009

Diplomacy and International Institutions
The Careful U.S. Diplomacy on Honduras

Latin America expert Kevin Casas-Zamora says that by putting its diplomatic weight behind a mediation effort by Arias to settle the Honduran crisis, the Obama administration has demonstrated sensitiv…