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December 20, 2002

Iraq
U.S. Public Is Unconvinced on Need to Wage War Against Iraq, Says Council on Foreign Relations President Les Gelb

Les Gelb, the president of the Council on Foreign Relations, says that he is surprised by the degree of opposition in the United States to an invasion of Iraq. On a recent speaking tour, Gelb …

January 30, 2003

Iraq
Murphy Says He Expects War by End of February; Saudis Promoting Plan to Persuade Saddam Hussein to Go Into Exile

Richard W. Murphy, the Council on Foreign Relations Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow in Middle East Studies, says that, barring some major concessions by Iraq, he expects a war by the end of February…

February 24, 2003

Turkey
Former Envoy Abramowitz Says Turkey Will Receive $6 Billion in Aid and Billions in Loans

Morton I. Abramowitz, U.S. Ambassador to Turkey during the 1990-91 Gulf War, says that the Bush administration has worked out a deal with Turkey that will allow some 60,000 U.S. troops to invade Ira…

March 13, 2003

Iraq
Task Force Director Says U.S. Cost of Iraqi Peace Stabalization and Reconstruction at Least $20 Billion a Year

Eric Schwartz, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations who served as director of the Council-sponsored Independent Task Force on Iraq: The Day After, says that the United States has to m…

April 4, 2003

Iraq
Council President Gelb Says Battlefield Victory [in Iraq] Will Be Soon, but the War Will Go on for Months to Come

Leslie H. Gelb, President of the Council on Foreign Relations, answered readers’ questions on the future of U.S. foreign policy. The New York Times online chat was hosted by Bernard Gwertzman,…

April 11, 2003

Iraq
Middle East Expert Says U.S. Faces ‘Tall Order’ in Forming New Iraq

Fouad Ajami, director of Middle East Studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, says that the United States needs “a crash course” i…

April 15, 2003

Iraq
Arms Control Expert Says U.S. Seeks to Force Changes on ‘Bad Guy’ Nations Like Syria

Joseph Cirincione, director of the Non-Proliferation Project at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, says that international opinion will see the war in Iraq as legitimate only if forces …

April 16, 2003

Iraq
Policy Expert Carothers Says Chances for Democracy in Iraq and Region Are Dim

Thomas Carothers, director of the Democracy and Rule of Law Project at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, says that contrary to the hopes of many in the Bush administration, “I don…

April 22, 2003

Iraq
Former U.S. Envoy Sees ‘Positive Results’ in Syrian Ties; Urges U.S. to Pursue Israel-Palestinian Accord After Iraq

Edward P. Djerejian, a former U.S. ambassador to Syria, says that despite the recent harsh words from Washington, he sees the likelihood of “positive results” flowing from U.S.-Syrian rela…

April 25, 2003

North Korea
Asia Expert Warns that Unless U.S. Deals Directly With N. Koreans, It Faces Choice of War or Nuclear-armed Pyongyang

Alan D. Romberg, a former principal deputy director of the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff in the Clinton administration, warns that it is vital for the United States to deal directly with N…