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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…

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…

December 4, 2001

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Gideon Rose: Why Did September 11 Happen?

Gideon Rose is the managing editor of Foreign Affairs magazine. His recently-released book, How Did This Happen: Terrorism and the New War is a collection of essays from experts in the areas of inter…

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…

August 17, 2006

United States
Hamilton: In Five Years Since 9/11, United States Is ’Safer But Not Safe’

Lee H. Hamilton, the vice-chairman of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States (also known as the 9/11 Commission), says "I would agree with the general assessment that we …

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.

February 11, 2008

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
Kay: Recent Iran NIE Recalls Erroneous 2003 Iraq Estimate

David Kay, a veteran international arms inspector, says the publicly released version of the National Intelligence Estimate on Iran was seriously flawed.

July 14, 2010

Afghanistan
Obama’s Foreign Policy Performance

Although the Obama administration’s dealings with Moscow and Beijing have been handled adroitly, its management of the war in Afghanistan and threats in the Middle East have been less successful, say…

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…

January 28, 2003

Iraq
General Bernard E. Trainor Sees War with Iraq Starting by Mid-March and Ending with Quick U.S.-led Victory

Bernard E. Trainor, a retired three-star Marine general and a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, says a war against Iraq could start in the period from late February to the middle of…