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March 29, 2017

United States
Hard Power’s Essential Soft Side

President Trump’s proposal to build up the military while slashing funds for diplomacy and foreign assistance misses how “soft power” can advance the national interest, says Joseph S. Nye, who coined…

February 13, 2015

Japan
Japan’s Hard Power Play

While the ISIS executions of two Japanese hostages have reinvigorated a public debate about the country’s postwar pacifism, recent moves by Tokyo to revise its counterterrorism policies should be vie…

May 14, 2013

Syria
The Hard Road to Syrian Peace

The odds of a peaceful power transition emerging from another summit on the Syria crisis are poor, but the U.S.-Russian push for renewed diplomacy is still worthwhile, says expert Frederic C. Hof.

October 30, 2007

Iran
Kuchins: Russians Working Hard to Resolve Iranian Nuclear Crisis

Andrew C. Kuchins, an expert on Russia, says Russian officials are working hard to “to talk the Iranians down and out of a nuclear weapons program” despite worsening U.S.-Russian relations.

August 6, 2007

Saudi Arabia
Gause: U.S. Trying to Soften Saudi Hard Line toward Maliki Government

F. Gregory Gause, a leading Saudi Arabia expert, says the U.S. plan to sell some $20 billion in sophisticated military hardware to Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states is part of a concerted effort in …

November 7, 2003

Iraq
Iraq Expert Ottaway: ’Very Hard to Find a Formula For Putting the Country Back Together’

Marina S. Ottaway, a senior associate in the Democracy and Rule of Law Project at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, says the United States, as the occupying power in Iraq, is strugglin…

January 5, 2006

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
Cirincione: Iran’s New ‘Hard Line’ President Pushing Iran toward Security Council Action on Nuclear Issues

Joseph Cirincione, director of the Nonproliferation Project at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, says the increasing "hard line" of Iran’s new president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has pushed…

July 1, 2009

Russia
Obama’s Summit in Russia: Which Side ’Blinks’ First?

CFR’s top Russia expert, Stephen Sestanovich, says there is a potential for some hard bargaining to take place over arms control at the July 6-8 summit of U.S. and Russian leaders.  

July 21, 2015

China
China’s Market Plunge: Correction or Crisis?

The odds of an economic hard landing for China remain low, but continuing stock volatility could set back critical market reforms, says expert Stephen Roach.

September 15, 2011

Palestinian Territories
Avoiding Collision Course in Mideast

Palestinian President Abbas’s plan to seek statehood status at the UN next week has spurred new crisis-diplomacy efforts, but political pressures on all sides could make a deal hard to come by, says …