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March 4, 2002

United States
The ’Axis of Evil’: Warren Bass

On January 29 in his first State of the Union address, President Bush described Iran, Iraq and North Korea as an “axis of evil” that needed to be targeted by the United States, drawing criticism from…

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 …

April 15, 2002

Israel
The Powell Mission

An explosion, apparently set off by a suicide bomber, killed at least six people at a bus stop near Jerusalem’s outdoor market Friday in an attack that coincided with a peace mission by U.S. Secretar…

July 22, 2002

United States
How Does U.S. Use Its Power?

From: SHOW: DIPLOMATIC LICENSE 04:00 AM Eastern Standard TimeUNIDENTIFIED MALE: If you ask Americans do you want America to rule the world, their answer is going to be no.UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We must n…

November 15, 2002

China
China’s New Leader Could Prove a Political Reformer, Says Council’s Asia Studies Director Elizabeth Economy

Elizabeth Economy, the Council’s director of Asia Studies, called Hu Jintao, just elected general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, a potential political reformer—noting that “there may be so…

December 18, 2002

Iraq
U.S. Still Looking for ’Smoking Gun’ to Justify Overthrow of Saddam Hussein, Says Council’s National Security Studies Director Lawrence Korb

Lawrence J. Korb, the Council’s Director of National Security Studies, asserts that the odds are about 60-40 that the U.S. will go to war against Iraq by late spring. He said that military act…

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…

March 7, 2003

Iraq
Peters Says Some 100,000 Troops May Be Needed for Occupation Duty in Iraq

Michael P. Peters, executive vice president of the Council on Foreign Relations, says that, if the United States invades Iraq without the backing of major allies or the Security Council, “it co…

April 4, 2003

Iraq
Council President Gelb Says Battlefield Victory [in Iraq] Will Be Soon, but the War Will Go on for Months to Come

Leslie H. Gelb, President of the Council on Foreign Relations, answered readers’ questions on the future of U.S. foreign policy. The New York Times online chat was hosted by Bernard Gwertzman,…

May 9, 2003

Palestinian Territories
Siegman Warns That Unless Bush Presses Sharon, Success for the ‘Road Map’ Remain Remote

Henry Siegman, the Council on Foreign Relations’ foremost expert on Israeli-Palestinian relations, says that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has staked out a position that “hardly auge…