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November 22, 2002

Iran
U.S.-Iranian Relations at an Impasse, Says Iran Expert Gary Sick

Gary Sick, the director of Columbia University’s Middle East Institute, says that any warming trend in U.S.-Iranian relations has stalled. Despite “widespread dissent and dissatisfac…

December 20, 2002

Iraq
U.S. Public Is Unconvinced on Need to Wage War Against Iraq, Says Council on Foreign Relations President Les Gelb

Les Gelb, the president of the Council on Foreign Relations, says that he is surprised by the degree of opposition in the United States to an invasion of Iraq. On a recent speaking tour, Gelb …

January 6, 2003

North Korea
U.S. ‘No Talk’ Policy With N. Korea ‘Ineffective,’ Says Oberdorfer

The Bush administration’s refusal to talk to North Korea is “a mistake,” says Korea expert Don Oberdorfer in an interview with Bernard Gwertzman, consulting editor for cfr.org. D…

September 12, 2003

Iran
Albright: Inflexible U.S. Policy Could Spur Iran to Accelerate Nuclear Arms Program

David Albright, president of the Institute for Science and International Security and a former weapons inspector at the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), says Iran is s…

July 14, 2003

Liberia
Lyman: Liberia Issue Dogged Bush’s Africa Trip

Princeton N. Lyman, a former U.S. ambassador to Nigeria and to South Africa, says President Bush’s July 8-12 trip to Africa was overshadowed by the issue of Liberia and whether Washington would compl…

January 27, 2004

Iran
Iran Expert Sees Need for United States and Iran to Open Dialogue Because ’We Are Now Neighbors’

Gary Sick, former director of Columbia University’s Middle East Institute, forecasts a convergence of views between the United States and Iran because they “are now neighbors” and must broaden their …

December 8, 2003

Iraq
Former NATO Envoy: Bring NATO and the United Nations Into Iraq; the United States ’Would Still Run the Show’

Robert Hunter, the U.S. ambassador to NATO during the Clinton presidency, urges the Bush administration to consider making Iraqi security a NATO mission and shifting civilian authority to the United…

June 2, 2003

Palestinian Territories
Quandt Says Bush Must Make Personal Investment in ’Road Map’

William B. Quandt, a leading historian of Middle East diplomacy, says that modest progress is possible toward an eventual Palestinian-Israeli agreement based on the U.S.-backed peace plan known as t…

February 10, 2004

Iraq
Gaddis: Bush Pre-emption Doctrine The Most Dramatic Policy Shift Since Cold War

John Lewis Gaddis, a noted historian of U.S. foreign policy, says the Bush administration’s pre-emption doctrine is “the most dramatic and most significant shift” in Washington’s international strate…

November 18, 2003

Iraq
Brzezinski: ’America Lacks International Credibility’

Zbigniew Brzezinski, who served as President Jimmy Carter’s national security adviser, sharply attacks the Bush administration’s handling of foreign policy, asserting that despite its worl…