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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…

November 4, 2003

Cuba
Cuba Expert Sweig: ’We Need a New Approach’ to Castro

Julia E. Sweig, the Council on Foreign Relations’ top Cuba expert, says there is considerable pressure from congressional Republicans to ease the U.S. trade embargo on Havana by opening up travel and…

October 12, 2005

Elections and Voting
Drozdiak: Germany’s ’Grand Coalition’ Amounts to ’National Emergency Government’

William M. Drozdiak, president of the American Council on Germany, says the emerging “grand coalition” government to be headed by Angela Merkel of the conservative Christian Democratic Union must fa…

February 24, 2006

Iraq
Lang: Political Process Will Move Forward in Iraq, Despite Sectarian Violence

W. Patrick Lang, former head of Middle East Affairs and Counterterrorism at the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency, tells cfr.org the attack on the Askariya Shrine will not scuttle Iraq’s political pro…

March 13, 2006

International Organizations
Lowenkron: Number of Countries Fear a Tougher UN Human Rights Body

The State Department official in charge of addressing human rights issues, Assistant Secretary Barry Lowenkron, tells cfr.org a number of states fear the proposed UN Human Rights Council, which will …

May 9, 2006

United States
Betts: Hayden Likely to Be Pressed in Confirmation Hearing on Wiretapping Issue

Richard K. Betts, a CFR expert on the intelligence community, says that he sees no reason that the nomination of General Michael V. Hayden to head the Central Intelligence Agency should be blocked by…

May 19, 2006

International Law
Feldman: Guantanamo Detainees May be Difficult to Try, Depending on Hamdan Ruling

CFR Adjunct Fellow Noah Feldman, discussing the legal issues at stake in the upcoming Hamdan decision, says the case will decide whether military tribunals are constitutionally sufficient and warns t…

August 7, 2006

Lebanon
Syria’s U.S. Ambassador: Syria Can Play ’Constructive Role’ in Resolving Lebanese War

Syria’s U.S. ambassador says Damascus can play a "constructive role" in resolving the current fighting in Lebanon but is getting the diplomatic cold shoulder from the Bush administration.

September 29, 2006

United States
Crowder Urges More Market Access to Break World Trade Deadlock

The Doha trade round is deadlocked, essentially over U.S. and EU farm sector protections. Chief U.S. agriculture negotiator Richard T. Crowder says intense discussions continue, but he stressed EU ma…

August 9, 2006

Israel
Ross: Israeli Escalation of War Might Hasten UN Action

Dennis B. Ross, former chief Middle East negotiator for Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, says the Israeli Cabinet’s decision to authorize a widening ground offensive in Lebanon might has…