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September 17, 2015

Vatican City
The Pope’s Soft-Power Push

Pope Francis will use his upcoming high-level visits to the U.S. and UN to press the concerns of the poor and marginalized, says expert Kenneth Himes.

May 6, 2013

South Korea
The U.S.-Korea Embrace

In their first White House meeting on Tuesday, Presidents Obama and Park will likely seek to reassert the long-standing security and economic relationship between the United States and South Korea, s…

March 13, 2013

Iraq
The Iraq Invasion Ten Years Later: A Wrong War

The Bush administration’s decision to wage war on Iraq in 2003 still looms large for its flaws and its damage to U.S. interests, says CFR President Richard N. Haass.

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.

August 9, 2011

United States
Market Turmoil and U.S. Foreign Policy

Global markets’ reaction to eurozone turbulence and S&P’s downgrade of U.S. debt add uncertainty to U.S. foreign policy, raising questions about which goals the country has the means to pursue, says …

April 1, 2010

Iran
UN Sanctions May Sting Iran’s Guard

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard will likely be the target of UN Security Council sanctions that could be ready within weeks, says Iran sanctions expert Kenneth Katzman, while Congress focuses on preventin…

March 18, 2010

Economic Crises
Debt Recovery: A Balancing Act

Early stimulus withdrawal would hurt the U.S. economy, but the U.S. Treasury needs to announce a debt-reducing strategy to buoy market confidence, says sovereign debt expert Carmen Reinhart.

June 29, 2009

Democracy
Iraq at Crossroads Amid U.S. Disengagement

As U.S. combat forces begin to withdraw from Iraq’s cities, expert Kenneth M. Pollack says he remains "very concerned" about the political situation in Iraq. He stresses the need for the "continued a…

January 12, 2009

Iran
Obama Must Take Regional Approach on Gaza Violence

Martin S. Indyk, a former U.S. ambassador to Israel, says incoming President Barack Obama cannot solve the problems in the Gaza Strip unless he takes a broad approach that includes diplomacy with Ira…

December 9, 2008

Democracy
Despite Security Improvements, Iraq Remains ’Very Troubled Country’

Kenneth M. Pollack of the Brookings Institution says that he is concerned that the U.S. and political establishment" increasingly feels that Iraq is heading toward victory" even though "Iraq still is…