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March 26, 1999

Afghanistan
Testimony on the Situation in Afghanistan Before the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

Recent Events and Political Actors in AfghanistanFor policy recommendations, see text of oral testimony1. INTRODUCTION: SUMMARY OVERVIEW1On August 8, 1998, the Taliban (Islamic student) movement of A…

February 15, 2000

Radicalization and Extremism
The Foreign Policy of the Central Asian Islamic Renaissance Party

Overview The Islamic Renaissance Party (IRP), Hizb-i Nehzat-i Islami in Persian/Tajik, and Islam Uyghonish Partyasi in Uzbek, is a recent movement with few historical roots. Its members are young …

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September 13, 2004

Middle East and North Africa
The Missing Peace: The Inside Story of the Fight for Middle East Peace

Council on Foreign Relations New York, N.Y. September 13, 2004 THOMAS FRIEDMAN: Good morning, we're going to call this evening to order. I want to welcome you all on behalf of the Council on Fore…

November 8, 2004

Iran
Behind the Scenes of a Tumultuous Relationship: The United States and Iran

New York, N.Y. SUZANNE MALONEY: Before we begin, I'd like to remind you that today's session will be considered on the record. I'd also like to ask you to please turn off your cell phones or sile…

June 5, 2006

Iraq

June 5, 2006

Iraq
The Emerging Shia Crescent Symposium: Implications for U.S. Policy in the Middle East

RICHARD N. HAASS:  If those standing will sit, if those seated will stay seated—let me welcome you to the third and final panel of this extravaganza.One of the many ways in which I was—I’ve been rem…

April 11, 2006

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
Haass: ’Diplomatic Package’ to Halt Iranian Nuclear Development Should Include Incentives but Also Military Threat

Richard N. Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, recommends a three-part diplomatic package for resolving the Iran crisis. It should include carrots, such as economic benefits and lim…

May 31, 2006

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
Parsi: Iran Unlikely to Halt Nuclear Enrichment Unless the United States Agrees to Direct Talks

Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council and a specialist on Iranian foreign affairs at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, says there is little …

June 9, 2006

Iraq
Weaver: Zarqawi’s Death ’Significant’ But Not ’Decisive’ in Ending Iraqi Insurgency

Mary Anne Weaver, a veteran Middle East correspondent whose biographical article on Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is in the current issue of The Atlantic Monthly, says the killing of Zarqawi "is significant, …

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…