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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…

September 25, 2003

Russia
Council Expert Says Putin Eager to Repair Relations With U.S.

Stephen R. Sestanovich, a top Russian expert who served in the Clinton administration as ambassador-at-large and special adviser to the secretary of state for the newly independent Soviet states, sa…

October 31, 2003

Russia
Sestanovich: ’Putin Is Sending a Message to Sleazy Officials Across Russia That Harassing Business Is Okay.’

Stephen R. Sestanovich, a top Russian specialist, says the Putin government’s arrest of Russia’s wealthiest man, oil “oligarch” Mikhail Khodorkovsky, resulted from a confrontatio…

November 21, 2003

United Kingdom
Hoge: Bush’s Image and Message Likely Enhanced by Trip to Britain

Warren Hoge, the chief London correspondent for The New York Times, says that as a result of his trip to Britain, President Bush “has certainly improved his image” overseas. What remains t…

January 23, 2004

North Korea
North Korea's Weapons Programs

Council on Foreign Relations New York, New York STEPHEN BOSWORTH: If I could have your attention, please, I think we would like to get started. We have a limited amount of time and a vast subject…

November 25, 2003

Georgia
Talbott: Georgian Leader Brought Down by Corruption, Chances of Success for New Leaders Seen as Uncertain

Strobe Talbott, the president of the Brookings Institution in Washington and deputy secretary of state in the Clinton administration, says that Eduard Shevardnadze could have done a lot for Georgia, …

June 1, 2003

Israel
Support Any Friend

Read an excerpt of Support Any Friend. In his timely, perceptive, and elegantly written book, Senior Fellow Warren Bass offers striking new insights into the origins of today's Middle East. He ill…

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 …

December 15, 2003

Iraq
Haass: Arrest of Saddam Is Welcome News But ’Not Really a Turning Point’

Richard N. Haass, the president of the Council on Foreign Relations and the former director of policy planning in the State Department, says that the December 13 arrest of Saddam Hussein may improve …

June 18, 2003

Afghanistan
Afghanistan: Are We Losing the Peace?

The United States successfully toppled the Taliban in the Afghan war, but it is in danger of losing the peace following the conclusion of that war. Without greater international support for the trans…