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December 1, 2017

Yemen
How the Saudi Blockade Threatens Famine in Yemen

Averting famine will require Saudi Arabia to permit the resumption of commercial shipping of food and fuel to the besieged country.

Shipping to the Red Sea port of Hodeidah has been largely cut off.

May 25, 2018

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
Singapore and Reykjavik: The Perils of Summitry

The 1986 meeting in Iceland between U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev was like none other. It offers helpful context for a potential U.S.-North Korea arms control summi…

Reagan and Gorbachev shake hands after their talks in Reykjavik.

January 12, 2006

Democracy
Bremer: An Early Withdrawal From Iraq Would Give Terrorists ‘A Big Victory’

L. Paul Bremer III, who headed the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) in Iraq from May 2003 to June 2004 before the United States returned sovereignty to Iraqis, says terrorists would achieve “a b…

September 24, 2007

Japan
Smith: Fukuda, A Moderate Japanese Prime Minister

Sheila A. Smith, a CFR adjunct senior fellow who lives in Tokyo, says Yasuo Fukuda, the new Japanese prime minister, is likely to be a moderate force in Japanese politics.

July 30, 2007

Elections and Voting
Smith: Abe under ‘Intense Pressure’ to Resign

Smith, a Japan political expert living in Tokyo, says even though Prime Minister Shinzo Abe does not have to resign, there is “intense pressure” on him to do so from within his own party.

July 25, 2007

Elections and Voting
Smith: Japan’s PM’s Popularity Plummeting Ahead of Elections

Sheila A. Smith, a leading expert on Japanese politics, says the mood in Japan just ahead of parliamentary elections is “disgruntlement” with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

September 3, 2008

Capital Flows
Paul: End U.S. Wars and Ramp up Trade and Domestic Energy Production

Former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul says he is working to reclaim what he calls the traditional values of the GOP, including limited government and less involvement in military campaign…

March 23, 2011

Bahrain
Un-Unified Oppositions in Bahrain and Yemen

Opposition movements in Bahrain and Yemen are hobbled by societal and sectarian divisions that were finessed in Tunisia and Egypt, says Middle East expert Kristin Smith Diwan.

December 23, 2009

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
Nuclear Agenda Rising to Top of World Issues in 2010

A CFR expert on nuclear issues, Paul Lettow says President Obama’s agenda will be heavily tilted toward nuclear issues in 2010. He says this is "the ideal moment for strong American leadership on the…

December 17, 2014

Japan
Abe’s Stronger Mandate

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has a fresh electoral mandate to implement structural reforms but many of his intended changes will require the transformation of Japanese society, says CFR’s Sheila Smith…