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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…

December 12, 2001

Afghanistan
A Roadmap for Afghanistan

As the war in Afghanistan nears its end, and formerly warring Afghan factions work on a future order for the country, the signals are both good and bad. On the positive side, Afghan leaders meeting i…

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June 26, 2002

Israel
Youssef Ibrahim and Henry Siegman discuss the Middle East Crisis

The Charlie Rose ShowThis transcript has not been checked against videotape and cannot, for that reason, be guaranteed as to accuracy of speakers and spelling of names. (TW) CHARLIE ROSE, Host: Welco…

April 4, 2003

Iraq
Trainor Says Iraq War at ’Tipping Point,’ With Iraqi Forces Decimated; All-Out Defense of Baghdad Unlikely

Former three-star Marine Corps General Bernard Trainor says that the Iraq war is now at a “tipping point,” with the vaunted Iraqi Republican Guard forces virtually decimated by U.S. firepo…

April 11, 2003

Iraq
Middle East Expert Says U.S. Faces ‘Tall Order’ in Forming New Iraq

Fouad Ajami, director of Middle East Studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, says that the United States needs “a crash course” i…

December 31, 2003

Pakistan
Council Expert Ispahani: U.S.-Pakistan ’Marriage’ Needs Serious Counseling

Mahnaz Ispahani, the Council on Foreign Relations senior fellow for South and West Asia and co-executive director of the Council-Asia Society Independent Task Force on New Priorities in South Asia, …

October 16, 2003

Afghanistan
Winston Lord: Making Up For a ’Lost Year’ in Afghanistan

Winston Lord, assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs in the Clinton administration, reports that on a recent trip to Afghanistan he found that “huge problems” rema…

September 22, 2005

Iran
Interview with Peter Khalil and Michael Knights on Iran-Iraq Relations

Much has been made in recent months of Iran’s role in Iraqi politics, particularly in the heavily Shiite southern provinces. Some Sunni Arab leaders have accused Iraq’s Shiite leadership of being dir…

April 17, 2006

Energy and Climate Policy
Thicker than Oil America's Uneasy Partnership with Saudi Arabia

In Thicker than Oil, the first full history of the U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia, Council Senior Fellow Rachel Bronson reveals why the partnership became so intimate and how the countries’ shar…

June 5, 2006

Iraq
The Emerging Shia Crescent Symposium: Understanding the Shia

RICHARD HAASS (president, Council on Foreign Relations):  Well, good morning.  We’re only seven minutes late.   This morning’s event is titled “The Emerging Shia Crescent: Implications for theMiddle…