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September 13, 2018

Sub-Saharan Africa
The Risks of Reducing U.S. Special Operations in Africa

The Pentagon plans to withdraw its special operations forces in Africa, but major cutbacks could threaten recent efforts to counter terrorism threats across the region.

Chadian soldiers take a break during Operation Flintlock, U.S.-led military exercises, in Diffa, Niger.

September 26, 2007

Iran
Sick: Iranian Leader Sees Trip to New York as ‘Successful’

Iran expert Gary G. Sick says Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad probably regards his visit to the United Nations as “successful” because it allowed him to get his views out to a wide audience.

August 24, 2009

Iraq
Reappraising U.S. Withdrawal from Iraqi Cities

Veteran reporter Jane Arraf says the massive truck bombings of August 19 in Baghdad have shaken the people and government. She says the United States may have to take a new look at the policy of leav…

July 23, 2008

Afghanistan
Current and Future Trends in Special Operations Warfare

A top Pentagon official says victory in the global fight against terrorism is achievable, but may take decades to accomplish.

August 2, 2007

International Organizations
Lute: Hybrid Peacekeeping Force in Darfur an ‘Unprecedented’ Operation

Jane Holl Lute, assistant secretary-general for UN peacekeeping operations, says the joint United Nations/African Union peacekeeping force for Darfur is an “unprecedented” operation and the full forc…

May 8, 2012

United States
A New U.S.-Turkey Partnership?

Turkey’s dramatic changes make it ripe for closer diplomatic and economic collaboration with the United States, says Stephen Hadley, co-chair of a new CFR Task Force Report.

September 9, 2014

Syria
New Terror Threats Require New Law

The 2001 law that authorized the U.S. war against al-Qaeda and its affiliates is not an appropriate justification for the offensive against ISIS and other emerging terrorist groups, says CFR’s John B…

January 10, 2003

Venezuela
Venezuela So Polarized That Crisis Could Dramatically Worsen, Says Council’s Latin America Studies Deputy Director Julia Sweig

Julia Sweig, the Council on Foreign Relations’ deputy director of Latin America Studies, says that strikes and demonstrations against Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez could continue for months …

January 29, 2016

Libya
New Order or Disorder for Libya?

Libya’s UN-brokered unity agreement is fragile at best and could fracture in the event of a stepped-up Western intervention against Islamic State forces, says expert Mary Fitzgerald.

August 25, 2003

Iraq
Trainor Says the U.S. Military Gets an ’A’ for Winning the Iraq War but a ’D’ for Postwar Operations

Retired three-star Marine Corps General Bernard E. Trainor says that U.S. forces merit stellar marks for their military victory but only a “D” for postwar operations. He blames much of the…