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August 12, 2004

Iraq
Trainor: Battle for Najaf May Prove ‘Tipping Point’ for Iraq’s Future

Bernard E. Trainor, a retired three-star U.S. Marine Corps general, says that Iraq’s future may hinge on the battle for Najaf. “The issue is still in doubt as to whether the outcome is going to be be…

April 5, 2005

Intelligence
Betts: Negroponte Must Assert Leadership as Intelligence Czar Over Pentagon Agencies

Richard K. Betts, the Council’s top expert on intelligence, says the newly named director of national intelligence (DNI), John D. Negroponte, will inherit an espionage bureaucracy that has been “demo…

August 3, 2005

Saudi Arabia
Bronson: King Abdullah’s Ascension Seen as Important ‘Plus’ by Washington

Rachel Bronson, the Council’s top expert on Saudi Arabia, says the death of King Fahd and the ascension of Crown Prince Abdullah to the throne will be welcomed by both Saudi society and the United St…

October 4, 2005

Iraq
Cordesman: No Compromise Possible With Zarqawi, Other Extremist Insurgency Leaders

Anthony H. Cordesman, a leading expert on political and military affairs in Iraq, says there are probably between 20,000 and 30,000 insurgents in Iraq, and about 10 percent to 12 percent are foreigne…

September 7, 2005

Fossil Fuels
Katrina and Oil Prices

Hurricane Katrina caused severe damage to U.S.refinery and production capacity in the Gulf of Mexico. Oil prices briefly spiked to above $70 per barrel before dropping after President Bush decided to…

October 17, 2005

Iraq
Pollack: Iraqi Constitutional Vote Leaves Key Security Questions Unresolved

Kenneth M. Pollack, a former CIA and National Security Council expert on Iraq, who was a leading advocate of the forceful overthrow of Saddam Hussein, says that the just-concluded constitutional refe…

September 15, 2005

International Organizations
Feinstein: UN Summit Document ‘A Missed Opportunity’

Lee Feinstein, the Council’s top expert on the United Nations, says the compromise document to be approved by the world leaders assembled for the sixtieth anniversary UN General Assembly session, has…

September 12, 2005

Elections and Voting
Interview with Edward Lincoln on Japan’s parliamentary elections

When Japanese parliament failed to pass a postal-service reform bill on August 8, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi dissolved parliament’s lower house and called for snap elections, held September 11…

December 1, 2005

Iraq
Feinstein: Bush’s Iraq Speech ‘Watershed Moment’ in Debate on Iraq

Lee Feinstein, a CFR expert on U.S. foreign policy, says President Bush’s November 30 speech on Iraq and the accompanying "National Strategy Plan" for victory in Iraq represented "a watershed moment …

November 22, 2005

Ukraine
‘Significant’ Changes Beginning in Ukraine Politics, says former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine William Green Miller

William Green Miller, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine and current senior policy scholar with the Woodrow Wilson Center, says before the Orange Revolution, Ukrainian politics was "still Soviet in it…