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September 22, 2008

Turkey
Turkey’s Top Foreign Policy Aide Worries about False Optimism in Iraq

Ahmet Davutoglu, the chief foreign policy aide to Turkey’s prime minister, says he fears recent optimism on Iraq in the United States overlooks significant, dangerous problems which remain unresolved.

April 15, 2009

Defense and Security
Afghan Defense Chief Unhappy with Obama Plan

President Obama’s new strategy for winning the war in Afghanistan has drawn praise from U.S. forces and international allies. But Afghan Defense Minister Gen. Adbul Rahim Wardak tells CFR.org that Wa…

April 1, 2008

United States
The Capital Interview: General William Lord on Cyberspace and the Future of Warfare

The U.S. Air Force is standing up a dedicated command to coordinate offensive and defensive cyber strategy within the Pentagon.

April 29, 2009

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Countering the Taliban’s Message in Afghanistan and Pakistan

The U.S. Central Command’s communication director says countering militant messages in Afghanistan and Pakistan will require being "first with the truth" and empowering indigenous voices.

November 3, 2009

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
More Afghan Troops Needed to Secure Afghanistan

As the Obama administration assesses American troop numbers in Afghanistan, the senior U.S. Army general training Afghan security forces says the White House should also double the size of the Afghan…

May 6, 2010

Pakistan
Shared Goals for Pakistan’s Militants

In this exclusive interview with CFR.org in May 2010, Gen. David H. Petraeus discusses the Times Square bombing plot, militants based in Pakistan, and how the looming offensive in Kandahar will unfol…

October 3, 2007

Defense and Security
Abramowitz: Drawdown Will Force Adjustments in Iraqi Security Training

A U.S. official involved in training Iraqi forces says the U.S. military will likely have to adjust the way it assists Iraqi units as coalition forces withdraw.

October 18, 2007

Democracy
Bakir: Kurdistan as a Model for Iraq

Minister Bakir says Kurds favor a political solution to cross-border tensions with Turkey, but so far, Ankara has “only considered a military operation to solve this problem.”

October 10, 2008

Emerging Markets
Minister Says Iraq Has No Budget Surplus, Worries over Reconstruction

Iraq’s finance minister asserts his country does not have a surplus of funds and expresses concern about the potential impact of the global financial crisis, and falling oil prices, on Iraq.

December 12, 2008

Defense and Security
Expanding U.S. Military Partnerships in the Pacific

The commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific, Admiral Timothy J. Keating, emphasizes expanding U.S. cooperation with countries in the region but says a military partnership with China appears a long w…