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September 17, 2018

Defense and Security
Paul C. Warnke Lecture on International Security With Wendy R. Sherman

The Paul C. Warnke Lecture on International Security was established in 2002 and is endowed by a number of Council members and the family and friends of Paul C. Warnke.

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June 12, 2017

Qatar
Untangling the Qatar Kerfuffle

Sure, the tiny gulf state is a lousy ally — but so is everyone else in the region. 

A Palestinian man holds a Qatari flag during a rally in support of Qatar, inside Qatari-funded construction project 'Hamad City', in the southern Gaza Strip June 9, 2017.

August 13, 2013

Israel
Does Freeing Murderers Bring Peace?

Today Israel will free 26 murderers, a price exacted by the PLO before it would return to peace negotiations. Israel has entered into such deals before, for example freeing over 1,000 prisoners in ex…

October 9, 2014

Iran
Can Iran and the United States Make a Meaningful Deal?

Another extension to the Iranian nuclear talks could be worked out in November but Iran’s desire to have a large-scale uranium enrichment program remains a major obstacle, says expert Gary Samore.

April 18, 2013

United States
Middle East Matters This Week: Palestine’s Political Shake-up, Syria’s Opposition Gains, and Mubarak’s Re-Trial

Significant Developments Palestine. Palestinian Authority prime minister Salam Fayyad’s resignation was accepted over the weekend by President Mahmoud Abbas. Fayyad will reportedly remain in the pos…

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas stands beside Salam Fayyad (L) during a swearing-in ceremony in the West Bank city of Ramallah May 19,2009 (Arouri/Courtesy Reuters).

November 9, 2012

United States
You Might Have Missed: U.S. Elections, Drones, and Cyber Threats

David Axe, “Predator Drones Once Shot Back at Jets… But Sucked At It,” Wired, November 9, 2012. The U.S. military’s drones are defenseless against enemy fighters — as an incident this month over the…

Obama

February 2, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Shiites

This publication is now archived. Will Shiites control the new Iraq?Most experts are certain that Iraqi Shiites, who make up some 60 percent of Iraq’s population, will play a leading role in the reco…

February 16, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Sunni and Shiite Unrest

This publication is now archived. What is the status of efforts to stop the Iraqi insurgency?At least two sets of negotiations aimed at stemming the anti-coalition attacks are under way. In the Shiit…

March 5, 2003

United States
Distinguished Senior Statesmen James Schlesinger and Thomas Pickering Chair New Council Task Force, Iraq: The Day After

March 5, 2003 - Former Defense Secretary and Energy Secretary James Schlesinger and former UN Ambassador Thomas Pickering are co-chairing the Council-sponsored Independent Task Force, Iraq: The Day A…

April 5, 2006

Political History and Theory
Thicker Than Oil: America’s Uneasy Partnership with Saudi Arabia

Council Senior Fellow and Director for Middle East and Gulf Studies Rachel Bronson reveals why the U.S.-Saudi partnership became so intimate and how the countries’ shared interests sowed the seeds of…