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September 4, 2003

Indonesia
Jones: Personal and Financial Ties Between al Qaeda and Jemaah Islamiyah

Sidney Jones, a leading expert on Indonesia and its terror movements, says there are “solid links” between Osama bin Laden’s network and Jemaah Islamiyah (J.I.). But, she adds, “I am also very strong…

June 9, 2006

Iraq
Weaver: Zarqawi’s Death ’Significant’ But Not ’Decisive’ in Ending Iraqi Insurgency

Mary Anne Weaver, a veteran Middle East correspondent whose biographical article on Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is in the current issue of The Atlantic Monthly, says the killing of Zarqawi "is significant, …

October 6, 2006

Afghanistan
Rubin: Afghanistan at Dangerous ’Tipping Point’

Barnett R. Rubin, a leading expert on Afghanistan, says the failure of the Bush administration to press Pakistan to halt its support for the Taliban has put Afghanistan into a very precarious situati…

November 3, 2006

Lebanon
Landis: Iraq War Sapping U.S. Influence in Lebanon

Joshua Landis, an expert on Syria and Lebanon, says the drawn-out Iraq conflict has fed an image of declining U.S. influence in Lebanon, which has led Hezbollah to try to weaken, if not overthrow, th…

November 6, 2006

Libya
Libyan Ambassador Hails U.S. Relations But Hits ’Wrong’ Mideast Policies

The first Libyan envoy to Washington in a quarter century praises U.S.-Libyan relations. But the ambassador also faults U.S. policy on Iraq, Darfur, and Iran, saying Washington is permitting a nuclea…

June 5, 2007

Peacekeeping
Sudan’s U.S. Ambassador Says Darfur Crisis Exaggerated

Sudan’s U.S. ambassador says Western states need to give the National Unity Government space to solve the Darfur crisis.

February 5, 2008

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Tellis: Pakistan’s Mixed Record on Anti-Terrorism

Ashley J. Tellis, a leading expert on South Asia, says he expects a coalition government of the late Benazir Bhutto’s party and the Pakistan Muslim League (Q) party which backs President Musharraf to…

July 28, 2008

International Law
The Dilemma of International Justice

Stewart M. Patrick, a former member of the State Department’s Policy Planning staff, discusses the utility of international courts in combating rampant rights abuses.

May 21, 2008

Pakistan
Is a Pakistan Truce Good for the United States?

Daniel Markey, a former State Department specialist on South Asia, says the United States should be concerned about the truce talks between Pakistan’s army and tribal leaders.

November 24, 2008

Ukraine
NATO Foreign Ministers Unlikely to Push Georgia, Ukraine Membership

Robert E. Hunter, who was U.S. ambassador to NATO during the Clinton administration, says he does not expect NATO foreign ministers to enlarge the alliance to include Georgia or Ukraine at the next m…