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May 9, 2007

Syria
Landis: Rice’s Meeting with Syrian Foreign Minister Produced Little

Joshua Landis, an expert on Syria, says the recent U.S.-Syria meeting produced little because of the ongoing U.S.-backed probe into the killing of Lebanon’s former prime minister.

May 8, 2007

Congresses and Parliaments
Hagel Urges Shift in Iraq Policy, End to Partisanship

Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) calls on the Bush administration to accept Iraq war funding legislation that conditions U.S. engagement on Iraqi government moves toward political reconciliation.

July 9, 2007

Iran
Samore: U.S. Planning for Possibility, But Hopes Not to Have to Use Military ‘Option’ Against Iran

Gary Samore, a former National Security Council official, says Iran is trying to forestall another round of UN Security Council sanctions and ultimately to stave off a possible military attack agains…

August 1, 2007

Iraq
Pollack: ‘Surge’ Producing Real Progress in Iraq

Kenneth M. Pollack, a leading expert on Iraq, says his latest trip to Iraq showed the country was “a mess,” but there were also significant improvements on the ground as a result of the U.S. “surge” …

September 19, 2007

Somalia
U.S. Special Envoy Cites Widespread ’Lack of Confidence’ in Somali Government

Ambassador John M. Yates, U.S. special envoy to Somalia, says the security situation remains dismal in Mogadishu and the Somali people lack confidence in the Transitional Federal Government.

September 26, 2007

Iran
Sick: Iranian Leader Sees Trip to New York as ‘Successful’

Iran expert Gary G. Sick says Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad probably regards his visit to the United Nations as “successful” because it allowed him to get his views out to a wide audience.

November 16, 2007

International Organizations
Perkovich: Pressures and Benefits Must Be Made Clearer to Iran

George Perkovich, a leading expert on Iranian nuclear issues, says the latest IAEA report only underscores the importance of increasing efforts to resolve the nuclear enrichment dispute diplomaticall…

November 6, 2007

Mexico
O’Neil: $1.4 Billion Anti-Drug Plan for Mexico Likely to Win Congressional Approval

Shannon O’Neil, CFR’s Mexico expert, says Washington’s $1.4 billion multiyear plan to bolster Mexico’s crackdown on drug and criminal rings, while drawing criticism, is likely to win congressional ap…

November 19, 2007

Defense Technology
Gansler: U.S. Army Needs More People, Oversight, to Improve Contracting

The head of an independent commission investigating U.S. Army contracting practices tells CFR.org that inexperience, overwork, and neglect are creating opportunities for massive fraud.

January 7, 2008

Israel
Erlanger: Low Israeli Expectations for Bush Middle East Trip

Steven Erlanger, the New York Times’ chief correspondent in Jerusalem, says Israelis remain fond of U.S. President George W. Bush but aren’t holding out much hope for his upcoming trip to the Middle …