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September 13, 2004

Middle East and North Africa
The Missing Peace: The Inside Story of the Fight for Middle East Peace

Council on Foreign Relations New York, N.Y. September 13, 2004 THOMAS FRIEDMAN: Good morning, we're going to call this evening to order. I want to welcome you all on behalf of the Council on Fore…

August 12, 2004

Iraq
Trainor: Battle for Najaf May Prove ‘Tipping Point’ for Iraq’s Future

Bernard E. Trainor, a retired three-star U.S. Marine Corps general, says that Iraq’s future may hinge on the battle for Najaf. “The issue is still in doubt as to whether the outcome is going to be be…

April 14, 2005

International Law
The Law of War in the War on Terrorism: A Council on Foreign Relations Debate

JEFFREY TOOBIN: Welcome to the Council. My name is Jeff Toobin. I am moderating today. This session is on the record, and it is also being broadcast live on the Council's website. Let me explain a …

February 14, 2005

Iraq
Ex-Iraq Adviser Blackwill: Impact of Iraq’s ’Extraordinary’ Elections Likely to Spread to Iran

Robert D. Blackwill, a presidential adviser to President George W. Bush on Iraq, says he was not surprised by the "extraordinary outcome" of the Iraqi elections. Predicting that democracy will eventu…

June 16, 2005

Iran
Beeman: Rafsanjani Victory Probable, But Not Certain, in Iran’s ’Real Election’

William O. Beeman, professor of anthropology at Brown University and an expert on Iran’s culture and social patterns, says he was stunned on his recent trip to Tehran by the Western-style campaigning…

September 8, 2005

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
WMD, Terrorism, and Proliferation

Testimony Before Subcommittee on Prevention of Nuclear and Biological AttackCommittee on Homeland SecurityWhy Does Iran Want the Bomb?Contrary to many Western assumptions, Iran’s quest for nuclear we…

August 31, 2005

Elections and Voting
Cook: U.S. and Internal Pressures Producing First Multi-Candidate Presidential Election in Egypt

Steven A. Cook, who was director of the Council’s recent independent Task Force report, In Support of Arab Democracy: Why and How?, says Egypt’s September 7 presidential election marks the first time…

September 22, 2005

Iran
Interview with Peter Khalil and Michael Knights on Iran-Iraq Relations

Much has been made in recent months of Iran’s role in Iraqi politics, particularly in the heavily Shiite southern provinces. Some Sunni Arab leaders have accused Iraq’s Shiite leadership of being dir…

September 6, 2005

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
Takeyh: Iranian-U.S. Relations at New Low Point

Ray Takeyh, the Council’s top expert on Iran, says the United States’ conviction that Iran is secretly planning to develop nuclear weapons, and Iran’s steadfast denial, have plunged relations between…

November 15, 2005

Iran
Iran: Tehran’s Nuclear Recklessness and the U.S. Response

Mr. Chairman and members of the committee, thank you for allowing me the privilege to come before you to discuss the threat posed by the Islamic Republic of Iran. Today, as for much of the past quart…