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January 7, 2016

Saudi Arabia
What’s Driving Saudi Actions?

The fallout that has followed Saudi Arabia’s execution of a Shia protest leader is likely to tamp down dissent at home while provoking regional conflicts, says expert Toby Matthiesen.

August 9, 2006

Israel
Ross: Israeli Escalation of War Might Hasten UN Action

Dennis B. Ross, former chief Middle East negotiator for Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, says the Israeli Cabinet’s decision to authorize a widening ground offensive in Lebanon might has…

July 14, 2005

Iran
Kissinger: Don’t Exclude Military Action Against Iran if Negotiations Fail

Former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger, in a wide-ranging discussion of foreign-policy issues, says he is disturbed at the possibility that Iran will develop nuclear weapons know-how if current…

August 19, 2013

Middle East and North Africa
Al Jazeera’s American Play

Al Jazeera America arrives on the U.S. cable TV scene in a bid to win goodwill and market share through an increasingly rare news-heavy format, says expert William Youmans.

February 13, 2014

France
Why Franco-American Ties Matter

President Hollande’s state visit was an attempted boost for the United States’ lead EU security partner and a sign of a more activist foreign policy in the White House, says CFR’s Charles Kupchan.

January 31, 2006

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
Takeyh: Security Council Unlikely to Take Strong Action Against Iran

Ray Takeyh, the CFR’s top Iranian expert, says the latest spurt of diplomacy will lead to a discussion in the UN Security Council and more diplomacy, but he doubts that the Security Council will take…

October 7, 2008

Climate Change
Climate Change Expert Worries Financial Crisis Will be ’Excuse’ to Delay Action

The UN special envoy on climate change for Papua New Guinea discusses the implications the financial crisis has for international efforts on climate change.

December 17, 2008

United States
Bush Administration ’Drained and Lessened’ American Power in World

As President George W. Bush enters his final month in office, Leslie H. Gelb, a former high-ranking national security official who served ten years as CFR’s president, assesses the Bush administratio…

January 11, 2007

Iraq
Haass: Bush’s Speech Marks ’Re-Americanization’ of Iraq Policy

Richard N. Haass, CFR president and a well-known Middle East expert, says what President Bush’s Iraq speech “represented more than anything else was the re-Americanization of the effort.”

December 7, 2007

United States
McCain: Americans Divided, Dissatisfied over U.S. Foreign Policy

A leading Republican candidate for president, Sen. John McCain, tells CFR.org the country needs to unite over issues ranging from Iraq to immigration.