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March 2, 2011

United States
Secretary Gates’s Strategic Thinking

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates’s recent West Point speech promoted the need for better strategic thinking by the U.S. military to supplant a current emphasis on counterinsurgency tactics and natio…

December 22, 2010

United States
Assessing Obama’s Foreign Policy at Midterm

President Obama’s foreign policy triumphs so far include getting support for tougher Iran sanctions but there were also missteps in the Middle East and elsewhere, and the failure to restore fiscal st…

October 5, 2010

Elections and Voting
Iraq’s Impasse and ’Confusing’ Politics

Despite reports of an emerging breakthrough, Iraq’s political deadlock remains unresolved and seemingly far from the compromises necessary to clear the way for a governing coalition, says expert Joos…

July 27, 2010

Elections and Voting
Behind Iraq’s Long Political Indecision

Iraq’s two leading parties will probably not pull together a coalition government until September, says Iraq expert Reidar Visser, and Washington has failed to push along the political process.  

April 19, 2010

Israel
Time for an Obama Trip to Israel?

President Obama sees the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a national security issue. But badly strained U.S.-Israeli relations mean progress is unlikely unless Obama travels to Israel on a trust-build…

March 16, 2010

Russia
In Moscow Talks, Iran Looms

With hopes high that strategic nuclear arms talks are wrapping up, Russia’s position on new UN sanctions on Iran will likely figure prominently in U.S. Secretary of State Clinton’s trip to Moscow thi…

March 10, 2010

Palestinian Territories
A Rocky Path Forward in the Mideast

An Israeli announcement of more housing construction in East Jerusalem became the focus of Vice President Biden’s Middle East trip, but CFR’s Jacob Walles thinks the "proximity talks" starting next w…

October 15, 2009

Russia
Russian Wariness on U.S. Iran Policy

CFR’s Stephen R. Sestanovich says the Obama administration believes it has put relations with Russia on "a more practical" basis but convergence remains elusive on how to address Iran’s nuclear progr…

July 13, 2009

Iraq
Crisis Between Kurds and Iraqi Government Needs U.S. Mediation

Daniel P. Serwer, who served as executive director of the Baker-Hamilton Commission on Iraq, says the "serious" crisis between Kurdistan and the central Iraqi government "needs to be resolved" to som…

July 1, 2009

Russia
Obama’s Summit in Russia: Which Side ’Blinks’ First?

CFR’s top Russia expert, Stephen Sestanovich, says there is a potential for some hard bargaining to take place over arms control at the July 6-8 summit of U.S. and Russian leaders.