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September 29, 2009

Diplomacy and International Institutions
’The Right’ to Question Iran

Analyst Joseph S. Nye Jr. says the Obama administration’s emphasis on multilateralism raises the prospects for dealing with Iran effectively on its nuclear program but expects no diplomatic breakthro…

December 10, 2014

Russia
Where Is Putin Leading Russia?

President Vladimir Putin has failed to deliver a coherent response to Russia’s economic challenges while continuing to feed concerns about his intentions in Ukraine, says CFR’s Stephen Sestanovich.

September 24, 2014

Middle East and North Africa
Iraq’s Role in the Long War Against ISIS

With air strikes now underway in two countries, Washington must pursue a sustained campaign against ISIS militants, with initial emphasis on routing them in Iraq, says expert Ryan Crocker.

June 20, 2014

Iraq
A U.S. Playbook For Iraq and Syria

The United States should partner with Iran and Russia in countering Sunni jihadists, the top strategic threat in both Iraq and Syria at the moment, says CFR President Emeritus Leslie H. Gelb.

February 12, 2013

Vatican City
Papacy in Transition

The surprise resignation of Pope Benedict XVI has given rise to speculations that the next pontiff to lead the Catholic Church will hail from the developing world, says expert James P. McCartin.

July 23, 2009

Ukraine
Delivering Tough Love to Ukraine, Georgia

Veteran Eurasia expert Steven Pifer says Vice President Joseph Biden’s trip to Ukraine and Georgia was meant to balance President Barack Obama’s Moscow summit earlier in the month, but in both countr…

February 15, 2012

United States
How to Mend U.S.-China Ties

As Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping visits the United States, CFR’s Elizabeth C. Economy says Washington must address the trust deficit with Beijing as the top policy priority.

October 13, 2011

Iran
Mounting Questions on Iran Terror Plot

It seems unlikely that the plot to kill a Saudi ambassador involved the highest levels of Iran’s government, says expert Kenneth Katzman, including the plan to use non-Muslim proxies to carry it out.

June 1, 2011

Russia
The U.S.-Russia Missile Defense Impasse

At their meeting in Deauville May 25, Russian President Medvedev and U.S. President Obama remained stalled on missile defense cooperation and Russia’s bid to join the WTO, says CFR’s Stephen Sestanov…

May 13, 2011

United States
U.S.-China’s Knotty but Necessary Ties

Despite high-level and military-to-military talks this week and next, the U.S.-China relationship is strained because of China’s growing strength and its harder line at home and abroad, says CFR’s Jo…