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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…

April 9, 2003

Iraq
Relief Expert Says Iraq’s Food Supply Adequate, but Contaminated Water Supply Poses Large Health Risk

Gerald R. Martone, director of emergency response at the International Rescue Committee (IRC), says that stemming the spread of waterborne diseases such as cholera is by far the biggest humanitarian…

March 28, 2003

Iraq
Trainor Says Early Assumptions in Iraq Fail, Causing Conflict to Continue; Notes that Iraqis Are Using Vietnam War Era Tactics

Former three-star Marine Corps General Bernard Trainor says that a “shock and awe” air campaign has failed and an anticipated uprising of Shiias has not occurred, thereby prolonging the Ir…

April 4, 2003

Iraq
Trainor Says Iraq War at ’Tipping Point,’ With Iraqi Forces Decimated; All-Out Defense of Baghdad Unlikely

Former three-star Marine Corps General Bernard Trainor says that the Iraq war is now at a “tipping point,” with the vaunted Iraqi Republican Guard forces virtually decimated by U.S. firepo…

March 18, 2003

Iraq
Former Marine Corps General Bernard Trainor Worries About U.S. Force Level and Lack of a Northern Front in Advance of Iraq War

Former Marine Corps General Trainor says he’s “not quite comfortable” with the size and makeup of the U.S. forces based in Kuwait, asserting that the military has been slow to send in…

April 29, 2003

Iraq
Phebe Marr: “Iraq Is Not the Balkans”

Phebe Marr, the author of The Modern History of Iraq, says that the animosities that led to the breakup of the former Yugoslavia don’t have a parallel in Iraq. She also warns that it may ta…

June 5, 2003

Middle East and North Africa
Bush and the Middle East

During President Bush’s two-day summit in the Middle East, both the president and Arab leaders strongly condemmed acts of terrorism. The Arab leaders of Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia along …

April 11, 2003

Iraq
Middle East Expert Says U.S. Faces ‘Tall Order’ in Forming New Iraq

Fouad Ajami, director of Middle East Studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, says that the United States needs “a crash course” i…

April 18, 2003

Iraq
Holbrooke Says U.S. Must Prepare for Long Stay in Iraq; Calls on Bush to Make Major Effort to Repair Ties with France

Richard C. Holbrooke, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations in President Clinton’s second term, warns that disorder, anti-Americanism, and disunity in Iraq will require a very long American com…

June 12, 2003

Brazil
Council Expert Maxwell: Brazil’s President Surprises Friends and Foes

Kenneth R. Maxwell, the Council on Foreign Relations’ Director of Latin America Studies, says that Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Brazil’s left-leaning president who is known as Lula, has surp…