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January 6, 2003

North Korea
U.S. ‘No Talk’ Policy With N. Korea ‘Ineffective,’ Says Oberdorfer

The Bush administration’s refusal to talk to North Korea is “a mistake,” says Korea expert Don Oberdorfer in an interview with Bernard Gwertzman, consulting editor for cfr.org. D…

October 31, 2002

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
America—Still Unprepared, Still in Danger

America remains dangerously unprepared to prevent and respond to a catastrophic terrorist attack on U.S. soil. Yet, only a year after 9/11, there are signs that Americans are already lapsing back int…

March 4, 2003

Iraq
International Law Expert Says U.S. Should Delay an Iraq Attack Until It Gains Security Council Backing

Anne-Marie Slaughter, the dean of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and co-chair of the Council on Foreign Relations Roundtable on Old Rules, New …

April 18, 2003

Iraq
Holbrooke Says U.S. Must Prepare for Long Stay in Iraq; Calls on Bush to Make Major Effort to Repair Ties with France

Richard C. Holbrooke, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations in President Clinton’s second term, warns that disorder, anti-Americanism, and disunity in Iraq will require a very long American com…

April 1, 2003

Iraq
Council Expert Says State Department and Pentagon at Odds Over Postwar Iraq Policy; Asserts

Arthur C. Helton, the Council on Foreign Relations’ humanitarian affairs expert, warns that the Bush administration’s go-it-alone policy has caused a “crisis of legitimacy” that …

May 21, 2003

China
Chinese Military At Least Two Decades Away from Rivaling U.S. Forces, Concludes Newly Released Council Task Force Report

May 22, 2003 - China is pursuing a deliberate course of military modernization, but is at least two decades behind the United States in terms of military technology and capability. Moreover, if the …

February 28, 2003

Europe
Kupchan Predicts Widening Split in Western Alliance, Foresees France Veto in Security Council to Block U.S.

Charles Kupchan, the Council on Foreign Relations’ director of Europe Studies, says the divisions over Iraq that have split the Western alliance will only deepen. He says that if the United Sta…

April 29, 2003

Iraq
Phebe Marr: “Iraq Is Not the Balkans”

Phebe Marr, the author of The Modern History of Iraq, says that the animosities that led to the breakup of the former Yugoslavia don’t have a parallel in Iraq. She also warns that it may ta…

March 17, 2003

Palestinian Territories
Council Mideast Expert Questions Bush’s Commitment to ‘Road Map’ for Peace Between Israel and Palestinians

Henry Siegman, director of the Council on Foreign Relations’ U.S./Middle East Project, says that President Bush’s seeming endorsement of the so-called “road map” to peace between…

May 21, 2003

China
Chinese Military Power

The rise of China has long been a growing concern among U.S. foreign policymakers. Of particular concern is the strength of Chinese military power and its relation to U.S. military capability. This i…