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October 18, 2004

Sub-Saharan Africa
A Conversation with Joseph R. Biden Jr.

Council on Foreign RelationsNew York, N.Y. NICHOLAS KRISTOF: I'm Nicholas Kristof from The New York Times. A couple of announcements first of all. Those of you with cell phones, please do remembe…

February 14, 2003

Palestinian Territories
Reforming the Palestinian Authority: An Update

Overview Domestic and international interest in Palestinian reform in the second quarter of 2002 generated much needed political pressure on the president of the Palestinian Authority (PA), forcin…

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January 11, 2005

Middle East and North Africa
The January 9 Elections and Beyond: The Road Ahead for Israelis, Palestinians, and the U.S. in 2005

Council on Foreign RelationsNew York, N.Y. STEVEN COOK: I'd like to welcome you all here this evening to the Council on Foreign Relations for a meeting with a good friend and colleague, David Mak…

February 6, 2006

Europe
Europe Update

Council on Foreign RelationsNew York, NYRICHARD R. BURT:  Well, thank you.  We’re going to get started right away, so we can keep on schedule here, but I’m delighted to be the presider or facilitato…

February 14, 2007

Palestinian Territories
Malley: Palestinian Unity Government Opens Way to Possible Agreement With Israel

Robert Malley, an expert on Middle East policy, says the recent agreement between Fatah and Hamas should be encouraged as the best way to bring about an agreement with Israel.

March 16, 2007

Saudi Arabia
Gause: Saudis Aim to Roll Back Iranian Influence in Region

F. Gregory Gause III, a leading Saudi Arabia expert, says the intensified Saudi diplomacy of recent weeks has been largely aimed at containing Iranian influence in the Middle East.

July 19, 2007

Middle East and North Africa
Ross: Without Proper Planning, Bush’s Mideast Peace Conference Won’t Succeed

Dennis Ross, the former U.S. Mideast peace envoy who is now Counselor and Ziegler Distinguished Fellow at the Washington Institute for  Near Eastern Policy, warns that President Bush’s call for a con…

November 1, 2007

Palestinian Territories
Makovsky: Rice’s Efforts to Convene Israeli-Palestinian Conference Are ‘Iffy’

Political analyst David Makovsky says chances for success by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in putting together a package that warrants holding a Middle East conference remain uncertain.

July 11, 2007

Civil Society
Brown: Hamas, Fatah Likely to Reconcile Eventually

Nathan J. Brown, an expert on Arab and Palestinian politics, says despite the major split in Palestinian ranks between Fatah and Hamas, it is “unlikely in the extreme” that some kind of peace arrange…

May 6, 2008

Israel
Bush, Rice Need to Get More Involved in Israeli-Palestinian Talks

Martin S. Indyk, who served as ambassador to Israel in the Clinton presidency and advises Sen. Hillary Clinton’s campaign, says it’s crucial for President Bush and Secretary of State Rice to become m…