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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…

September 2, 2002

Iraq
The Threatening Storm

This highly influential book, written as the Bush administration turned its sights on Saddam Hussein's regime, takes the reader back to the pre-war days of uncertainty about Saddam's weapons and his …

September 12, 2003

Iraq
IRAQ Editorial Briefing with Max Boot

Max Boot, a senior fellow in National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, participated in a Council-sponsored conference call on September 9, 2003, to brief editorial-page editors a…

February 27, 2004

Iraq
101st Commander Sees ’A Lot of Reasons’ for Optimism in Iraq

Major General David H. Petraeus, the recently returned commander of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), which fought its way to Baghdad and then administered northern Iraq for nearly a year, …

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…

November 15, 2004

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Islam in a Changing World

Speaker: Olivier Roy, professor, L'Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales; senior research, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique; author, "Globalized Islam: The Search for a New Umma" …

June 8, 2005

Middle East and North Africa
In Support of Arab Democracy

A Council-sponsored Task Force says that the United States should support the evolutionary development of democracy consistently throughout the Middle East. It points out that a strategy to promote d…

November 15, 2005

Iran
Iran: Tehran’s Nuclear Recklessness and the U.S. Response

Mr. Chairman and members of the committee, thank you for allowing me the privilege to come before you to discuss the threat posed by the Islamic Republic of Iran. Today, as for much of the past quart…

January 30, 2006

Elections and Voting
After the Hamas Victory, What Next for Fatah?

Kadura Fares is a close aide and adviser to imprisoned senior Fatah leader and cabinet member Marwan Barghouti, who lost his own parliamentary seat in the Hamas landslide that chased Fatah from power…

March 2, 2006

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
A Nuclear Iran: Challenges and Responses

After the International Atomic Energy Agency on February 4 voted to report Iran to the UN Security Council because of its concerns over its nuclear program, the rituals of diplomacy persist. The inte…