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March 26, 1999

Afghanistan
Testimony on the Situation in Afghanistan Before the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

Recent Events and Political Actors in AfghanistanFor policy recommendations, see text of oral testimony1. INTRODUCTION: SUMMARY OVERVIEW1On August 8, 1998, the Taliban (Islamic student) movement of A…

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…

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 …

June 18, 2003

Myanmar
Council-sponsored Task Force to U.S. Government: Go to the United Nations, Condemn Burmese Military Crackdown on Democratic Opposition and Impose Sanctions

Senator Dianne Feinstein, Task Force Director Mathea Falcoand Senator Mitch McConnell at Wednesday’s roll out on Capitol Hill. WASHINGTON, June 18 - The United States must urge the UN Secu…

June 25, 2003

Iraq
U.S. Should Provide Iraqis and Americans With a More Coherent and Compelling Vision for Iraq’s Political Future

Experts Urge President to Deliver Major Address to the Nation on Importance of Getting the Job Done Right in Post-War Iraq June 25, 2003 - With mounting costs to American lives and treasur…

August 20, 2003

Iraq
IRAQ Editorial Briefing with Rachel Bronson

Rachel Bronson, a senior fellow and director of Middle East and Gulf Studies, at the Council on Foreign Relations, participated in a Council-sponsored conference call on August 19, 2003, to brief edi…

May 16, 2003

North Korea
To Stop North Korea’s Nuclear Program, U.S. Must Make Genuine Commitment to Talks, Repair U.S.-South Korea Alliance, Get China to Take Greater Role, Concludes Council Task Force on North Korea

Ambassadors James Laney and Mort Abramowitzwith Council Fellow Eric Heginbothamat the May 19, 2003 meeting and press conferenceof the Council-sponsored Independent Task Force on Korea.May 19, 2003 — …

April 9, 2003

Iraq
Council Co-Sponsors Third Qatar Conference on Democracy and Free Trade in Doha

April 9, 2003 - The Council will co-sponsor the Third Qatar Conference on Democracy and Free Trade on April 14-15, in Doha with the Islamic Institute, the University of Qatar and the Qatari Chamber …

November 6, 2004

Will Japan be able to stay on the sidelines for long?

Some facts: 1) In 2003, Japan increased its reserves by $200 billion, emerging Asia by $245 billion. The world as whole increased its reserves by $500 billion, so Asia accounted for most of the worl…

July 26, 2005

Conflict Prevention
Council Task Force Urges United States to Put Nation-building on Par with War-fighting

Calls for Overhauling U.S. Government for Stabilization and Reconstruction OperationsJuly 27, 2005-Nation-building is not just a humanitarian concern, but a critical national security priority that s…