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March 29, 2017

United States
Hard Power’s Essential Soft Side

President Trump’s proposal to build up the military while slashing funds for diplomacy and foreign assistance misses how “soft power” can advance the national interest, says Joseph S. Nye, who coined…

December 19, 2008

United States
Rice Defends Regime Change in Iraq, Stresses Diplomacy Elsewhere

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice credits sanctions with deepening the isolation of Iran’s leaders, defends regime change in Iraq, and says the Bush administration’s democracy promotion agenda…

September 19, 2005

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
Cirincione: North Korean Agreement ‘A Major Breakthrough’

Joseph Cirincione, a leading nuclear nonproliferation expert, says the agreement reached in Beijing at the six-nation talks on North Korea’s nuclear program represents “a major breakthrough.” Cirinci…

October 13, 2017

Iran Nuclear Agreement
Will Decertification Spike the Iran Nuclear Accord?

President Trump’s denunciation of the Iran nuclear deal has put the agreement on shaky footing, even if Congress declines to reinstate sanctions.

President Trumps speaks about the Iran nuclear agreement at the White House.

May 6, 2008

Israel
Bush, Rice Need to Get More Involved in Israeli-Palestinian Talks

Martin S. Indyk, who served as ambassador to Israel in the Clinton presidency and advises Sen. Hillary Clinton’s campaign, says it’s crucial for President Bush and Secretary of State Rice to become m…

November 1, 2007

Palestinian Territories
Makovsky: Rice’s Efforts to Convene Israeli-Palestinian Conference Are ‘Iffy’

Political analyst David Makovsky says chances for success by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in putting together a package that warrants holding a Middle East conference remain uncertain.

May 9, 2007

Syria
Landis: Rice’s Meeting with Syrian Foreign Minister Produced Little

Joshua Landis, an expert on Syria, says the recent U.S.-Syria meeting produced little because of the ongoing U.S.-backed probe into the killing of Lebanon’s former prime minister.

February 20, 2007

Palestinian Territories
Indyk: Rice Can Put Israeli-Palestinian ‘Peace Train’ Back on Tracks

Former ambassador Martin S. Indyk says Secretary Rice’s decision to mediate between the Israelis and Palestinians marks a major change in the Bush administration’s approach to the Middle East.

December 6, 2005

Afghanistan
Hunter: Rice Faces ‘Tough Sale’ to Persuade NATO Allies on Expanding Force in Afghanistan

Robert E. Hunter, who was U.S. ambassador to NATO from 1993-98, says that at this week’s meeting of NATO foreign ministers, the current controversy over "rendition" of prisoners pales in importance t…

November 15, 2005

Democracy
Bronson: Rice’s Middle East Trip Underscores Bush Administration’s Decision to Become More Active in Region

Rachel Bronson, a Council senior fellow and director of its Middle East and Gulf Studies Program, says Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s trip to the Middle East—where she brokered an important de…