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April 10, 2003

Iraq
Trainor Says Iraq War Rapidly Ending and Calls It an ’Extraordinary Military Operation’ for Coalition Forces

Former three-star Marine Corps General Bernard Trainor says that with the Iraq war in its final days, the coalition forces conducted an “extraordinary military operation.” He gives especia…

April 1, 1999

Europe and Eurasia
U.S. Policy Toward Northeastern Europe

During the Cold War Northeastern Europe was a strategic backwater and received relatively little attention in U.S. policy. However, since the end of the Cold War, the region has become an important f…

May 19, 2003

China
China Expert Says SARS Outbreak Damaged China’s Standing But President Hu Can Gain if Epidemic Ends Soon

Elizabeth C. Economy, director of the Council on Foreign Relations’Asia Studies Department, says that China’s initial response to the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) epidemic had …

June 29, 2003

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Nearly Two Years After 9/11, the United States is Still Dangerously Unprepared and Underfunded for a Catastrophic Terrorist Attack, Warns New Council Task Force

Overall Expenditures Must Be as Much as Tripled to Prepare Emergency Responders Across the CountryFull Text and the Executive Summary of the Council-sponsored Independent Task Force Emergency Respond…

May 6, 2003

Colombia
Council Launches Blue-Ribbon Commission to Craft Urgently Needed New Strategy for Colombia and the Andes

MAY 6, 2003 - The Center for Preventive Action, a Council on Foreign Relations conflict prevention initiative, has launched a new Commission to make concrete recommendations for mitigating deadly con…

June 18, 2003

Afghanistan
To Avoid Losing the Peace in Afghanistan, U.S. Must Empower Karzai’s Government to Improve Security and Accelerate Reconstruction, Concludes CFR/Asia Society Task Force

June 18, 2003 - Without greater support for the transitional government of President Hamid Karzai, security in Afghanistan will deteriorate further, prospects for economic reconstruction will dim, an…

June 2, 2003

Middle East and North Africa
In New Book, Former Council Fellow Warren Bass Analyzes Pivotal Moment in America’s Middle East Policy and How it Shaped the Modern Middle East

June 2, 2003 - They were three of the most memorable figures of the twentieth century: David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s indomitable founding father; Egyptian President Gamal Abdul Nasser, the charismatic A…

July 21, 2003

Global
Eagleburger: ’Five Minutes to Midnight’

Lawrence S. Eagleburger, a career foreign service officer who served briefly as secretary of State in 1992 under President George H.W. Bush, says the potential spread of nuclear weapons to North Kor…

March 20, 2003

United States
The Fragile State of Container Security

Written Testimony before a hearing of the U.S. Senate Governmental Affairs Committee Stephen E. Flynn, Ph.D.Commander, U.S. Coast Guard (ret.)Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow in National Security S…

July 17, 2003

Iraq
First Independent Review of Iraq Reconstruction, Requested by the Pentagon, Urges U.S. to Bolster Security and Accelerate Iraqi Role or Risk Losing the Peace

July 18, 2003 - With Iraqi expectations and frustrations on the rise, the window for cooperation with the United States is closing rapidly. If Iraqis do not see progress on delivering security, basic…