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March 29, 2007

Iraq
Cook: Turkish-U.S. Tensions ‘Great Underreported Story of Iraq War’

Steven A. Cook, a CFR expert on Turkey, says “the great underreported story” of the Iraq war is the serious deterioration in U.S.-Turkish relations. “It has already blown up,” says Cook.

May 21, 2007

Elections and Voting
Lindsay: Iraq Crucial for 2008 Candidates

American foreign policy expert James A. Lindsay says candidates for the 2008 presidential race will face the daunting issue of withdrawing troops from Iraq.  

October 16, 2007

Iraq
Gelb: Federalism Is Most Promising Way to End Civil War in Iraq

Former CFR President Leslie H. Gelb says the plan to persuade Iraqis to accept a federal form of government is the best way to “maintain harmony among the different Iraqi groups,” although it remains…

April 10, 2008

Religion
Shah: Pope to Stress ‘Importance of Peace’ in Iraq, Middle East

Timothy Samuel Shah, a scholar on religious issues, says that when Pope Benedict XVI makes his first visit to the United States as pope, it will give Americans their first chance to hear firsthand hi…

September 12, 2008

United States
Riedel: U.S. Needs to Tread Carefully in Pakistan

Bruce Riedel, a former high-ranking CIA and Pentagon official, says the United States faces a very frustrating situation in Pakistan, and that the recent U.S. cross-border attacks from Afghanistan in…

September 16, 2008

India
Krepon: U.S.-India Nuclear Agreement Weakens Nonproliferation Efforts

Michael Krepon, a well-known expert on South Asia and nuclear nonproliferation, says that the U.S.-India nuclear agreement is likely to weaken efforts at strengthening nonproliferation of nuclear wea…

September 29, 2008

United States
Lindsay: The Foreign Policy Debate

James M. Lindsay, an expert on U.S. foreign policy, and a former director of studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, discusses the first presidential debate between Senator John McCain and Senat…

December 5, 2008

Middle East and North Africa
’Tremendous Expectations’ for President Obama in Middle East

Scott Lasensky, a Middle East expert, says the new U.S. administration should listen carefully to voices from the Middle East and that President Barack Obama’s first speeches will be scrutinized for …

June 8, 2009

Lebanon
Uncertain Times After Lebanon’s Vote

Following the Lebanon’s parliamentary elections, CFR’s Mohamad Bazzi says a crucial question for the new government is whether it can operate without allowing Hezbollah and its allies to retain their…

May 28, 2009

Elections and Voting
The Consequences of a Hezbollah-Led Opposition Victory in Lebanon’s Elections

Michael Young, opinion editor for Beirut’s Daily Star, says the Obama administration has indicated it does not favor a victory for the Hezbollah-led opposition in the 2009 parliamentary elections. Sh…