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September 15, 2005

International Organizations
Feinstein: UN Summit Document ‘A Missed Opportunity’

Lee Feinstein, the Council’s top expert on the United Nations, says the compromise document to be approved by the world leaders assembled for the sixtieth anniversary UN General Assembly session, has…

January 4, 2006

International Organizations
Luers: UN’s Record for 2005 ’Surprisingly Positive’ With Some Major Reforms on Track

William H. Luers, president of the United Nations Association of the United States, says the United Nations (UN) had a "surprisingly positive" record in 2005, which was marked by a number of new refo…

April 7, 2006

Wars and Conflict
Gordon: Iraq ‘Hanging in Balance’

Michael R. Gordon, the chief military correspondent for the New York Times and co-author of a new book on the U.S. invasion of Iraq, says it is possible that the United States might achieve the "vict…

April 28, 2010

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Tough Issues for NPT Review

The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty review conference at the UN is likely to yield agreements on strengthening the treaty even if a final consensus declaration is elusive, says arms control expert Da…

January 6, 2003

North Korea
U.S. ‘No Talk’ Policy With N. Korea ‘Ineffective,’ Says Oberdorfer

The Bush administration’s refusal to talk to North Korea is “a mistake,” says Korea expert Don Oberdorfer in an interview with Bernard Gwertzman, consulting editor for cfr.org. D…

March 13, 2006

International Organizations
Lowenkron: Number of Countries Fear a Tougher UN Human Rights Body

The State Department official in charge of addressing human rights issues, Assistant Secretary Barry Lowenkron, tells cfr.org a number of states fear the proposed UN Human Rights Council, which will …

April 5, 2005

Intelligence
Betts: Negroponte Must Assert Leadership as Intelligence Czar Over Pentagon Agencies

Richard K. Betts, the Council’s top expert on intelligence, says the newly named director of national intelligence (DNI), John D. Negroponte, will inherit an espionage bureaucracy that has been “demo…

June 30, 2003

Sub-Saharan Africa
Africa Expert Lyman: Bush Faces Problems on Liberia, Congo and HIV/AIDS

Princeton Lyman, a former U.S. ambassador to Nigeria and to South Africa, says President Bush’s trip to five African states next week will force him to deal with such important issues as a possi…

September 2, 2003

North Korea
Council’s North Korea Expert: U.S. Needs More Negotiating Flexibility to Achieve Accord on Ending North Korea’s Nuclear Arms Program

Eric Heginbotham, the Council on Foreign Relations’ senior fellow for Asia studies and director of the Council-sponsored Independent Task Force on North Korea, says the recent six-nation talks in Bei…

February 21, 2007

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Zoellick: A Survey of U.S. Diplomacy Abroad

Former Bush administration official Robert Zoellick says China could help break the impasse on Iran.