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June 26, 2002

Saudi Arabia
Youssef Ibrahim discusses Saudi feelings toward the U.S.

National Public Radio: All Things Considered ROBERT SIEGEL, host: One aspect of the Saudi-US relationship is financial. The Saudis bank much of their considerable national wealth in the United States…

November 20, 2002

Security Alliances
NATO Fading Away by 2010, Says Council’s Europe Studies Director Charles Kupchan

Charles A. Kupchan, the Council’s Director of Europe Studies, says that by the end of the decade, “the U.S. will have very little business left in Europe.” As the NATO summit meets in Prague, Kupchan…

February 4, 2003

Israel
Indyk Sees Opportunities for Mideast Peace Once Saddam is Ousted

Martin Indyk says the ouster of Iraq’s Saddam Hussein will present “new opportunities” for promoting peace talks between Israel and Palestinians. A former diplomat who twice served a…

May 1, 2003

Israel
Siegman: Why the ‘Road Map’ Is Likely to Lead to a Dead End

Henry Siegman, director of the Council on Foreign Relations’ U.S./Middle East Project and a long-time expert on Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, explains the sweep of the newly released “road map” f…

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…

November 10, 2003

Middle East and North Africa
Mideast Expert Brumberg: Bush Mistakes Arab ’Autocracies’ for Soviet ’Totalitarianism’

Daniel Brumberg, an associate professor at Georgetown University and a specialist on democracy in the Middle East, says that President Bush’s speech on the importance of democratizing the Arab …

October 31, 2003

Russia
Sestanovich: ’Putin Is Sending a Message to Sleazy Officials Across Russia That Harassing Business Is Okay.’

Stephen R. Sestanovich, a top Russian specialist, says the Putin government’s arrest of Russia’s wealthiest man, oil “oligarch” Mikhail Khodorkovsky, resulted from a confrontatio…

April 5, 2004

Israel
Makovsky: Sharon Is Making History With Gaza Pullout Plan

David Makovsky, a senior fellow and director of the Project on the Middle East Peace Process at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, says that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s proposal to evac…

April 7, 2005

Zimbabwe
Lyman: Zimbabwe a ‘Terrible Tragedy’ Under Mugabe Rule

Princeton N. Lyman, the Council on Foreign Relation’s Africa expert, says the March 31 parliamentary elections, widely viewed as fraudulent, are the latest development in Zimbabwe’s “terrible tragedy…

July 14, 2005

North Korea
Heginbotham: New North Korea Talks Look ‘Fairly Promising’

Eric Heginbotham, the Council’s top expert on North Korea, says a number of recent events, including North Korea’s decision to end its boycott of the six-party talks on its nuclear ambitions, indicat…