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March 4, 2002

United States
The ’Axis of Evil’: Warren Bass

On January 29 in his first State of the Union address, President Bush described Iran, Iraq and North Korea as an “axis of evil” that needed to be targeted by the United States, drawing criticism from…

March 12, 2002

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
The War on Terror, Six Months Later

Six months ago, the unexpected Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon left thousands of civilians dead. Since then, the Bush administration has been fighting and facing terrorism on …

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…

June 26, 2002

Israel
Youssef Ibrahim and Henry Siegman discuss the Middle East Crisis

The Charlie Rose ShowThis transcript has not been checked against videotape and cannot, for that reason, be guaranteed as to accuracy of speakers and spelling of names. (TW) CHARLIE ROSE, Host: Welco…

September 16, 2002

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
One Year Later: Encyclopedia of Terrorism

In the wake of the deadly attacks on the WorldTrade Centerand the Pentagon last September, Americans were suddenly acquainted with a new vocabulary—names like “Osama bin Laden” and phrases like “weap…

October 25, 2002

Middle East and North Africa
War with Iraq Isn’t Inevitable, Argues Council’s Middle East Director Rachel Bronson

War with Iraq is not inevitable, says Rachel Bronson, director of Middle East Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Noting the “stunning” Iraqi prisoner release and mounting international pres…

November 1, 2002

North Korea
No Crisis with North Korea, Says Council’s Independent Task Force Co-Chairman Morton Abramowitz

Morton Abramowitz, who is co-chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations Independent Task Force on Korea, says that despite North Korea’s disclosure that it has a secret nuclear weapons program, “we…

November 22, 2002

Iran
U.S.-Iranian Relations at an Impasse, Says Iran Expert Gary Sick

Gary Sick, the director of Columbia University’s Middle East Institute, says that any warming trend in U.S.-Iranian relations has stalled. Despite “widespread dissent and dissatisfac…

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…