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March 12, 2002

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
The War on Terror, Six Months Later

Six months ago, the unexpected Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon left thousands of civilians dead. Since then, the Bush administration has been fighting and facing terrorism on …

March 27, 2002

Global
War on Terrorism: World Views

The latest issue of the Council on Foreign Relations’ semiannual publication, Correspondence: An International Review of Culture and Society, reports on what the U.S. media may have missed in coverag…

March 28, 2003

Iraq
Trainor Says Early Assumptions in Iraq Fail, Causing Conflict to Continue; Notes that Iraqis Are Using Vietnam War Era Tactics

Former three-star Marine Corps General Bernard Trainor says that a “shock and awe” air campaign has failed and an anticipated uprising of Shiias has not occurred, thereby prolonging the Ir…

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 …

February 10, 2004

Iraq
Gaddis: Bush Pre-emption Doctrine The Most Dramatic Policy Shift Since Cold War

John Lewis Gaddis, a noted historian of U.S. foreign policy, says the Bush administration’s pre-emption doctrine is “the most dramatic and most significant shift” in Washington’s international strate…

September 23, 2005

Elections and Voting
Interview with John Micgiel and Andrew Nagorski on the upcoming Polish elections

Twenty-five years after the birth of the anti-Communist Solidarity trade union, which is credited with contributing to the collapse of the Soviet government, Poland is poised to become one of Europe’…

March 20, 2006

Palestinian Territories
Levitt: Hamas Unlikely to Moderate Stance Now That It Controls Palestinian Government

Matthew Levitt, an expert on terrorism and the author of a new book critical of Hamas, says it is unlikely Hamas is going to change now that it controls the Palestinian government. "Being the governm…

December 6, 2006

Iraq
Haass: Iraq Report Gives Bush ‘Best Chance That Exists’ For Progress

Richard N. Haass, an expert on Middle East affairs, says the Iraq Study Group’s report on Iraq is “refreshingly honest” and gives the Bush administration “the best chance that exists for making progr…

January 16, 2007

Conflict Prevention
Cook: Israeli-Palestinian Talks Linked to Iraqi Problem

Steven A. Cook, a leading Middle East expert, says the current U.S. effort to make progress in the Israeli-Palestinian talks is inevitably linked to the U.S. desire to get Arab support for the shaky …

February 5, 2007

Israel
Aronson: Secret Syrian-Israeli Talks Produced Unofficial Agreement

Geoffrey Aronson, who participated in two years of intermittent talks between unofficial Israeli and Syrian representatives, said contacts continue even though they have not sat down together since l…