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November 5, 2002

Middle East and North Africa
Scant Prospects for Israeli-Palestinian Progress, Says Council’s U.S./Middle East Project Director Henry Siegman

Henry Siegman, a top Council on Foreign Relations expert on Israeli-Palestinian affairs, offers “a very gloomy prognosis” for peace talks after the collapse of Israel’s national unity government. He …

November 8, 2002

International Organizations
Iraqi Resolution Is ’Enormously Important,’ Says U.N. Expert Richard Gardner

Richard N. Gardner, an expert on the United Nations and a Columbia Law School professor, says that the U.N. Security Council resolution on Iraq, which was approved 15-0 on November 8, is “enormously …

November 12, 2002

Iraq
Saddam to Play for Time, Expects Council’s Director of Strategic Policy Lee Feinstein

Lee Feinstein, the Council’s director of strategic policy, calls the Iraqi parliament’s vote against the new U.N. Security Council resolution “a perfect illustration of what we can expect in the week…

November 15, 2002

China
China’s New Leader Could Prove a Political Reformer, Says Council’s Asia Studies Director Elizabeth Economy

Elizabeth Economy, the Council’s director of Asia Studies, called Hu Jintao, just elected general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, a potential political reformer—noting that “there may be so…

November 20, 2002

Security Alliances
NATO Fading Away by 2010, Says Council’s Europe Studies Director Charles Kupchan

Charles A. Kupchan, the Council’s Director of Europe Studies, says that by the end of the decade, “the U.S. will have very little business left in Europe.” As the NATO summit meets in Prague, Kupchan…

November 22, 2002

Iran
U.S.-Iranian Relations at an Impasse, Says Iran Expert Gary Sick

Gary Sick, the director of Columbia University’s Middle East Institute, says that any warming trend in U.S.-Iranian relations has stalled. Despite “widespread dissent and dissatisfac…

November 27, 2002

Iraq
Iraq Inspections Have a 50-50 Chance of Averting War, Says Council’s Middle East Fellow Richard Murphy

Richard Murphy, the Council’s Hasib J. Sabbagh senior fellow in Middle East studies, puts the chances that Saddam Hussein will comply with renewed U.N. weapons inspections— and thereby av…

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 12, 2002

Iraq
U.S. Has ‘Strategically Sound and Morally Just’ Reasons to Invade Iraq, Says Council’s Middle East Director Rachel Bronson

Rachel Bronson, the Council’s Director of Middle East Studies, says that there is a 75 percent chance of war this winter with Iraq. She contends that an invasion of Iraq would be “st…

December 18, 2002

Iraq
U.S. Still Looking for ’Smoking Gun’ to Justify Overthrow of Saddam Hussein, Says Council’s National Security Studies Director Lawrence Korb

Lawrence J. Korb, the Council’s Director of National Security Studies, asserts that the odds are about 60-40 that the U.S. will go to war against Iraq by late spring. He said that military act…