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March 2, 2011

United States
Secretary Gates’s Strategic Thinking

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates’s recent West Point speech promoted the need for better strategic thinking by the U.S. military to supplant a current emphasis on counterinsurgency tactics and natio…

November 9, 2006

United States
Sick: Expect ‘Realism and Pragmatism’ From Gates in Pentagon

Gary G. Sick, a prominent expert on Iran, worked with Robert M. Gates in the White House during the Ford and Carter administrations. He says the nomination of Gates to replace Donald M. Rumsfeld as s…

June 19, 2013

Heads of State and Government
Obama’s Broader Message in Berlin

The president’s speech combined lofty idealism and pragmatic realism at the iconic Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on Wednesday, says CFR’s Charles Kupchan.

August 1, 2007

Middle East and North Africa
Wittes: U.S. Assuring Arab States It Will Remain a Force in Mideast Post-Iraq

Tamara Cofman Wittes, an expert on Middle East politics, says the current unprecedented trip by Secretary of State Rice and Secretary of Defense Gates to the Middle East is meant to assure moderate A…

February 3, 2010

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Deficits in a Growing Defense Budget

The Obama administration’s proposed defense budget fails to align spending with calls to rebuild the military to handle irregular warfare, says expert Todd Harrison. He also cites an inability to get…

April 28, 2017

China
Can China Become the World’s Clean Energy Leader?

China seems poised to surpass the United States in leading clean energy innovation and climate change response, but Beijing faces internal challenges to energy reform.

October 30, 2007

Iran
Kuchins: Russians Working Hard to Resolve Iranian Nuclear Crisis

Andrew C. Kuchins, an expert on Russia, says Russian officials are working hard to “to talk the Iranians down and out of a nuclear weapons program” despite worsening U.S.-Russian relations.

April 1, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
Handling the Middle East’s ’Tectonic’ Shifts

The United States needs to ’differentiate’ among its interests to determine how and when to intervene in protests sweeping the region, and should engage assertively in the Israeli-Palestinian conflic…

January 12, 2011

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Military-Industrial Complex, Fifty Years On

Fifty years after President Eisenhower’s warning, the "military-industrial complex" still thrives and dictates national priorities, says CFR’s Les Gelb, who argues that President Obama should make a …

July 27, 2009

Iran
The Wisdom of a ’Defense Umbrella’ Against Iran

Thomas W. Lippman, a specialist on Persian Gulf security, says U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s warning about a U.S. "defense umbrella" to protect regional states from any Iranian nuclear ar…