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October 6, 2008

Turkey
Turkey’s Rising Star

As Turkey builds up its circle of friends, including those that have fallen out of favor with the West, the International Crisis Group’s Hugh Pope says Ankara’s influence as a regional and global act…

October 28, 2008

Iraq
Transparency and Surpluses in Iraq’s Oil-Dependent Budget

An official at the U.S. Government Accountability Office says Iraq will retain a healthy budget surplus in spite of falling oil prices. He also notes that auditors’ access to Iraq’s finances could be…

March 25, 2009

Iran
Poor Policy, Not Sanctions, Weakens Iran’s Economy

Low oil prices are undermining Iran’s economy, a political liability for President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as he seeks reelection in June. Djavad Salehi-Isfahani, a former Iranian central bank economist,…

April 23, 2009

United States
Threading the Needle on Interrogation Reform

President  Obama’s decision to release information on CIA interrogation techniques has sparked furious debate over U.S. handling of terror suspects. CFR’s Daniel Prieto says the new details indicate …

May 22, 2009

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Sober Assessments and Missed Opportunities on Guantanamo

CFR’s John B. Bellinger III, who served as legal adviser to the former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, says while President Obama has emphasized an approach to closing Guantanamo "that’s deeply …

June 10, 2009

Iran
Iranian Presidents Have a Critical Role in Policymaking

Expert Mohsen Milani says Iran’s June 12 presidential elections are likely to be consequential for Iranian policy. Presidents are subordinate to the Supreme Leader, but still wield considerable power…

July 29, 2009

Afghanistan
U.S. Needs a Stronger Commitment to Improving Afghan Governance

As military planners review strategy in the U.S.-led war effort in Afghanistan, CFR Senior Fellow Stephen Biddle says victory will be dependent on improving the capacity of the beleaguered Afghan gov…

August 26, 2009

Intelligence
The Detrimental Potential of a CIA Review

The Justice Department’s decision to review past CIA interrogation tactics may be legally justified, but Burton Gerber, a former CIA station chief, says the move could have a chilling and detrimental…

September 3, 2009

Defense and Security
Reassuring an Edgy Afghanistan

Amid Afghanistan’s uncertain security and political situation, Kabul-based analyst John Dempsey says U.S. officials should be prepared to commit more military and civilian resources to stave off resu…

September 9, 2009

Defense and Security
Afghanistan’s Troop Deficit Problem

As debate over the size and scope of the U.S. mission in Afghanistan intensifies, military strategist Kimberly Kagan says the only way to ensure victory is a better-resourced counterinsurgency campai…