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July 14, 2003

Liberia
Lyman: Liberia Issue Dogged Bush’s Africa Trip

Princeton N. Lyman, a former U.S. ambassador to Nigeria and to South Africa, says President Bush’s July 8-12 trip to Africa was overshadowed by the issue of Liberia and whether Washington would compl…

October 31, 2003

Russia
Sestanovich: ’Putin Is Sending a Message to Sleazy Officials Across Russia That Harassing Business Is Okay.’

Stephen R. Sestanovich, a top Russian specialist, says the Putin government’s arrest of Russia’s wealthiest man, oil “oligarch” Mikhail Khodorkovsky, resulted from a confrontatio…

November 25, 2003

Georgia
Talbott: Georgian Leader Brought Down by Corruption, Chances of Success for New Leaders Seen as Uncertain

Strobe Talbott, the president of the Brookings Institution in Washington and deputy secretary of state in the Clinton administration, says that Eduard Shevardnadze could have done a lot for Georgia, …

January 5, 2004

Afghanistan
Gannon: New Afghan Constitution Is ’Tremendously Positive Development’

Kathy Gannon, a veteran foreign correspondent and currently the Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, hails the Afghan constitution approved January 4 by the loya jirga a…

July 6, 2004

United States
Lindsay: Kerry’s Decision to Pick Edwards ’Makes a Lot of Sense’

James M. Lindsay, the Council’s director of studies and a longtime student of American politics, says that despite Senator John Edwards’ (D-N.C.) lack of foreign policy experience, presumptive nomine…

August 11, 2004

Middle East and North Africa
Shikaki: No Political Will for Palestinian National Elections

Khalil Shikaki, a prominent Palestinian political expert, says national elections in Gaza and the West Bank will spark Palestinian government reform and weaken the authority of President Yasir Arafat…

November 10, 2004

Israel
Siegman: After Arafat, Key Question Is Whether U.S. and Israel Will Resume Peace Talks with Palestinians

Henry Siegman, the Council on Foreign Relations’ top expert on Israeli/Palestinian affairs, says there is little question but that Mahmoud Abbas, also known as Abu Mazen, will replace Yasir Arafat as…

May 24, 2005

Palestinian Territories
Siegman: Abbas Needs Political Boost From Bush

Henry Siegman, director of the Council’s U.S./Middle East Project, says Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who is also known as Abu Mazen, is coming to Washington badly in need of a polit…

July 27, 2005

Iraq
Brown: Iraqi Leaders in Too Much of a Rush to Finish Draft Constitution

Nathan Brown, a specialist on Arab constitutions who has closely followed Iraq’s constitution-drafting process, predicts that Iraqi politicians, rushing to meet an August 15 deadline, “will have a dr…

July 20, 2005

India
Weisman: Closer Nuclear Ties With India Reflect U.S. Concern Over China’s Military Growth

Steven R. Weisman, the chief diplomatic correspondent for the New York Times, says that President Bush has always been interested in better relations with India, something that has been spurred recen…