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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.

February 6, 2018

Olympics
The Mixed Record of Sports Diplomacy

While sports may temporarily transcend divisions in society, events like the Olympics rarely serve to advance countries’ diplomatic aims.

East Germany was a perennial powerhouse at winter games, including the 1988 Calgary games where it won gold and bronze in the women’s 1000 meters Speedskating event.

July 13, 2006

Lebanon
Makovsky: Mideast Conflict a Test for Olmert, Lebanese Government

Mideast expert David Makovsky says the widening conflict in the Middle East poses a huge challenge for Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and tests the viability of the Lebanese government.

June 1, 2006

Afghanistan
NATO’s Afghan Expansion

As NATO prepares to expand its mission into the restive southern provinces of Afghanistan, Lt. Gen. David Barno, the former commander of U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan, speaks to CFR.org’s …

May 11, 2006

Syria
Lebanese Political Leaders “Unable” to Reform or Take Country Forward

Karim Makdisi of the American University of Beirut says Lebanon’s leaders are a closed elite trying to hold onto power for themselves and are powerless to reform the country’s political situation.

January 30, 2006

Afghanistan
Tarzi: Afghans Likely to be Disappointed at London Conference

Dr. Amin Tarzi, an Afghanistan analyst for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, spoke to cfr.org’s Esther Pan ahead of a major international meeting on Afghan development in London January 31-February 1…

November 28, 2005

Climate Change
Little Likely to Result from Montreal Conference, Victor Says

David G. Victor, a Council adjunct senior fellow for science and technology and director of the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development at Stanford University, spoke to cfr.org’s Esther Pan on …

October 12, 2005

Kashmir
Interview with William Milam on Kashmir’s prospects for peace after Pakistan’s earthquake

India and Pakistan have disputed the mountainous territory of Kashmir since the end of British colonialism led to independence and the partition of the two states in 1947. India controls about 55,000…

September 13, 2005

International Organizations
Q&A with UN Director Salil Shetty

As the United Nations World Summit of international leaders opens in New York September 14, the director of the UN Millennium Campaign talks to cfr.org’s Esther Pan about international development an…

September 7, 2005

Fossil Fuels
Katrina and Oil Prices

Hurricane Katrina caused severe damage to U.S.refinery and production capacity in the Gulf of Mexico. Oil prices briefly spiked to above $70 per barrel before dropping after President Bush decided to…