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June 27, 2013

Afghanistan
The Diplomatic Push for Afghan Peace

The Taliban believes it will have the upper hand in potential negotiations with the Afghan government and its partner in Washington, but it remains unclear what the insurgent group’s goals are in any…

September 19, 2012

Middle East and North Africa
UNGA and a Troubled Mideast

The UN General Assembly will likely address two "lightning rod" issues: ending the bloodshed in Syria and curbing Iran’s nuclear development, says CFR’s Stewart Patrick.

March 8, 2012

Pakistan
Gauging Taliban Moves in Pakistan

Reports that Pakistan-based militant groups may be moving to unite could help clarify U.S. talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan. But CFR’s Daniel Markey calls it a tricky game, complicated by unclea…

March 10, 2011

United States
Obama’s Guantanamo Shift

With his new executive order on Guantanamo, President Obama acknowledges that the controversial detention center will remain open for some time, says CFR’s Matthew Waxman, but provides improved prote…

February 23, 2011

Afghanistan
Gauging U.S.-Taliban Talks

There are clear indications of direct U.S. talks with the Taliban to end violence in Afghanistan, says expert Steve Coll. But the process is fraught with challenges posed by all parties to the confli…

January 6, 2011

Pakistan
Pakistan’s Road to Disintegration

The assassination of a leading Pakistani politician and news of the faltering government are symptomatic of wider and deeper problems in a country fundamentally falling apart, says expert Stephen P. …

May 7, 2010

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Shahzad Arrest Ignites Liberties Debate

The Times Square bomb plot has triggered questions about when and whether suspect Faisal Shahzad, a Pakistan-born American citizen, should have been informed of his Miranda rights. These questions ar…

January 8, 2010

United States
Terrorism Risks and ’Timeless Problems’

Failures to stop the recent U.S. airliner bomb plot and the destruction of a CIA base in Afghanistan illustrate inherent problems in intelligence gathering, and al-Qaeda’s impenetrability, says CFR’s…

January 6, 2010

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Connecting the Dots on Intelligence Reform

President Obama says "systemic failures" contributed to the Christmas Day airliner plot, but CFR’s Steven Simon says given the huge volume of intelligence analyzed daily, reforms won’t come easily.

October 22, 2008

Afghanistan
Prospects in Afghanistan ’Not Looking Good’

Veteran New York Times correspondent John F. Burns discusses the declining security situation in Afghanistan and what he says are the dim prospects for fruitful peace talks between the Taliban and Ka…