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June 1, 1998

South Korea
Managing Change on the Korean Peninsula

The Korean peninsula remains one of the most heavily armed and dangerous places in the world. Despite its deteriorating economy, North Korea retains a standing army of over one million men and an eno…

March 26, 1999

Afghanistan
Testimony on the Situation in Afghanistan Before the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

Recent Events and Political Actors in AfghanistanFor policy recommendations, see text of oral testimony1. INTRODUCTION: SUMMARY OVERVIEW1On August 8, 1998, the Taliban (Islamic student) movement of A…

February 11, 2003

Iraq
Bronson Finds Many Arab States Wary of U.S. Postwar Policy

Rachel Bronson, the Council on Foreign Relations’ director of Middle East studies, says she finds “enormous opposition” among Arab states to a possible United States invasion of Iraq and its aftermat…

May 21, 2003

China
Chinese Military At Least Two Decades Away from Rivaling U.S. Forces, Concludes Newly Released Council Task Force Report

May 22, 2003 - China is pursuing a deliberate course of military modernization, but is at least two decades behind the United States in terms of military technology and capability. Moreover, if the …

April 16, 2003

Iraq
Policy Expert Carothers Says Chances for Democracy in Iraq and Region Are Dim

Thomas Carothers, director of the Democracy and Rule of Law Project at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, says that contrary to the hopes of many in the Bush administration, “I don…

May 21, 2003

China
Chinese Military Power

The rise of China has long been a growing concern among U.S. foreign policymakers. Of particular concern is the strength of Chinese military power and its relation to U.S. military capability. This i…

May 16, 2003

Saudi Arabia
Saudi Expert Gregory Gause Says Riyadh Attacks Could Be ‘Wake-Up Call’ for Saudis to Crack Down on Terrorists

F. Gregory Gause III, a prominent expert on Saudi society and politics, says that the terrorist attacks on residential compounds in Riyadh will force the Saudi leadership to make a critical decision…

July 11, 2003

Middle East and North Africa
Challenges within the Muslim World

Testimony by Dr. Rachel BronsonDirector of Middle East StudiesCouncil on Foreign Relations Before the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (The 9-11 Commission) …

December 4, 2002

Saudi Arabia
Saudis in ‘Dramatic Debate’ Over U.S. Relations, Says Council’s Middle East Studies Fellow Youssef Ibrahim

Youssef Ibrahim, a Council senior fellow in Middle East Studies, argues that since 9/11, Saudi Arabia is undergoing a “dramatic debate” about its relationship with America—the m…

December 15, 2003

Iraq
Remarks by Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton

Speaker: Hillary Clinton, Member, U.S. Senate (D-NY)Presider: Richard Haass, President, Council on Foreign RelationsCouncil on Foreign RelationsDecember 15, 2003New York, NYSENATOR CLINTON: Thank yo…