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December 14, 2005

Lebanon
Lasensky: Syria Clearly Acting As If It Has ‘Something to Hide’

Scott Lasensky, a Middle East specialist for the United States Institute of Peace, says pressure is mounting on President Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria overthe assassination of former Lebanese Pr…

January 4, 2006

International Organizations
Luers: UN’s Record for 2005 ’Surprisingly Positive’ With Some Major Reforms on Track

William H. Luers, president of the United Nations Association of the United States, says the United Nations (UN) had a "surprisingly positive" record in 2005, which was marked by a number of new refo…

February 6, 2006

Iran
Albright: U.S. Should Offer Iran Security Guarantee to End Nuclear Weapons Capability

Amid mounting concern over Iran’s nuclear program, a prominent Western expert says there is still time to dissuade Tehran from pursuing an atomic-weapons capability. David Albright tells CFR.org’s Be…

February 14, 2006

Iraq
Pollack: 2006 ’Make-or-Break’ Year for U.S. in Iraq

Kenneth Pollack of the Brookings Institution outlines a plan to re-shift the U.S. strategy in Iraq as it relates to security, economics, and politics.

February 2, 2006

Religion
The Role of Christians in Iraqi Politics

The future of Iraq depends as much on melding the many differences between its Shiite, Sunni, and Kurdish groups as on integrating its smaller ethnic and religious communities. Among its largest mino…

December 6, 2005

Afghanistan
Hunter: Rice Faces ‘Tough Sale’ to Persuade NATO Allies on Expanding Force in Afghanistan

Robert E. Hunter, who was U.S. ambassador to NATO from 1993-98, says that at this week’s meeting of NATO foreign ministers, the current controversy over "rendition" of prisoners pales in importance t…

March 27, 2006

United States
Sweig: Reversing Anti-American Sentiment Requires New U.S. Engagement on Global Problems

Julia Sweig, Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow for Latin American Studies, is author of a new book on what she calls "the Anti-American Century." She says there are many ways the United Stat…

May 1, 2006

Democracy
Bowen: Iraq Reconstruction Still a "Mixed Picture"

The latest report by the U.S. inspector general for Iraq’s reconstruction says work continues to be hobbled by security concerns, poor oversight and corruption. Stuart Bowen Jr. tells cfr.org that in…

April 19, 2006

Iraq
Gelb: Rumsfeld’s Resignation Should Have Been Accepted a Year Ago

Leslie H. Gelb, president emeritus of CFR, and a former Pentagon and State Department official in the Johnson and Carter administrations, says the public criticism of Secretary of Defense Donald M. R…

May 19, 2006

Intelligence
Former Top CIA Official Says Agency Can be Revived Through Leadership, Focus

A former deputy director of the CIA, Richard J. Kerr, says the agency needs a strong leader who can restore its role as the leading source of intelligence analysis. Kerr says the new head of the CIA …