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June 7, 2006

Wars and Conflict
Cordesman: Report to Congress on Iraq War Borders on ’Deception’

Anthony H. Cordesman, a leading analyst of the Iraq war, says that the Defense Department’s latest report to Congress on the status of the Iraq war borders on "deception" by painting an overly upbeat…

October 6, 2006

Iraq
Iraq's Impact on the Future of U.S. Foreign and Defense Policy: The U.S. and the Middle East (Session 1)

8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast Reception 9:00 - 10:15 a.m. MeetingThis program has been made possible by a generous gift from Rita E. Hauser.

October 6, 2006

Iraq
Iraq’s Impact on the Future of U.S. Foreign and Defense Policy, Session 1: The United States and the Middle East

Watch experts discuss the impact of the U.S. intervention in Iraq on the wider Middle East.

January 16, 2007

Conflict Prevention
Cook: Israeli-Palestinian Talks Linked to Iraqi Problem

Steven A. Cook, a leading Middle East expert, says the current U.S. effort to make progress in the Israeli-Palestinian talks is inevitably linked to the U.S. desire to get Arab support for the shaky …

September 19, 2006

Iran
Responding to Iran’s Nuclear Ambitions

Prepared Testimony Before the Senate Committee on Foreign RelationsAs the cycle of negotiations and United Nations conclaves begins, Iran’s nuclear ambitions seem to be surging without restraint—no l…

August 15, 2007

Lesotho
Luers: U.S. Seems More Willing to Give UN Expanded Role in Iraq

William H. Luers, a top U.S. expert on the United Nations, says the recent Security Council resolution authorizing increased UN diplomatic activity in Iraq marks a change in U.S. policy.

October 13, 2006

Middle East and North Africa
Pollack: Iraq May End Up Worse Off Than Under Saddam

A leading proponent of invading Iraq, Kenneth M. Pollack now fears Iraq could end up worse off than it was under Saddam Hussein.

June 8, 2006

Iraq
Bremer: Zarqawi’s Death a ’Very Important Moment’ in War on Terrorism

L. Paul Bremer, who headed the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq after Saddam’s ouster, says the killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is a " very important moment" in the war on terrorism and the ef…

June 15, 2006

Democracy
Marr: Sectarian Violence Has Iraq ’Teetering on the Brink’

Phebe Marr, a prominent historian of modern Iraq, has just returned from Baghdad, and finds the situation there has deteriorated. She says the sectarian rift is the top problem facing the new governm…

June 26, 2006

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Barkey: Amnesty Can Sharply Undercut Iraqi Insurgency

Henri Barkey, a Middle East expert at Lehigh University, says Iraqi plans for an amnesty can seriously undercut the Iraqi insurgency.