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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…

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…

May 9, 2003

Palestinian Territories
Siegman Warns That Unless Bush Presses Sharon, Success for the ‘Road Map’ Remain Remote

Henry Siegman, the Council on Foreign Relations’ foremost expert on Israeli-Palestinian relations, says that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has staked out a position that “hardly auge…

February 19, 2003

Iraq
Administration Faces “Tough Negotiating” Over Second Iraq Vote, Feinstein Says

Lee Feinstein, the director for security affairs at the Council on Foreign Relations, says the Bush administration will have to put “all of its energy” behind an effort to win approval of …

December 22, 2003

Libya
Libyan Expert: Qaddafi, Desperate to End Libya’s Isolation, Sends a ’Gift’ to President Bush

Lisa Anderson, a leading specialist on Libya, says that the surprise announcement on December 19 that Libya would renounce its weapons of mass destruction (WMD) program was “a deliberate gift,&…

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 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…

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…

June 16, 2005

Iran
Beeman: Rafsanjani Victory Probable, But Not Certain, in Iran’s ’Real Election’

William O. Beeman, professor of anthropology at Brown University and an expert on Iran’s culture and social patterns, says he was stunned on his recent trip to Tehran by the Western-style campaigning…

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…