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March 2, 2011

Democracy
’New Chapter’ in Middle East

The Arab world’s new revolutionary fervor marks a convergence of values the United States should welcome even if it means rethinking the balance of interests and ideals, says Middle East expert Richa…

January 31, 2011

Political Movements
Egypt’s Need for Presidential Change

The United States should be quietly pressing for President Mubarak to step aside and allow for a transfer of authority in Egypt--either a constitutional reform process or a caretaker government, says…

November 12, 2010

Afghanistan
Rethinking an Afghanistan Exit Strategy

Pakistan’s instability, a Taliban insurgency, and growing skepticism in the United States argue for an earlier drawing-down of forces from Afghanistan if there’s no progress, says Richard Armitage, c…

November 8, 2010

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Countering the Threat from Yemen

The reemergence of Yemen as a terror risk to the United States underscores the difficulties in combating al-Qaeda in weak states, says CFR’s Richard A. Falkenrath.

November 3, 2010

United States
Obama’s Political Obstacle Course

The Republican gains in Congress mean complications for President Obama’s arms control policy, a stalled climate change agenda, possible movement on trade, and likely more support on Afghanistan, say…

September 9, 2010

Defense and Security
Countering Threats Abroad, and at Home

Nine years after 9/11, the United States needs to combat the proliferating threat of Islamist radicalism abroad and anti-Muslim sentiment at home, says CFR’s Richard A. Falkenrath.

August 11, 2010

Pakistan
Holbrooke: Pakistan Aid Inadequate

The international response to Pakistan’s flood disaster has been inadequate so far, says Richard Holbrooke, U.S. special representative to the country. He says Washington is contacting international …

July 14, 2010

Afghanistan
Obama’s Foreign Policy Performance

Although the Obama administration’s dealings with Moscow and Beijing have been handled adroitly, its management of the war in Afghanistan and threats in the Middle East have been less successful, say…

April 9, 2010

Afghanistan
A Need to Shift U.S. Ambitions in Kabul

Rather than voicing its impatience, the U.S. should see Afghan President Karzai’s outbursts over the past few weeks as symptomatic of domestic political pressures, says CFR President Richard N. Haass…

January 25, 2010

United States
Obama’s Biggest Foreign Policy Quandary

Domestic economic problems will dominate President Obama’s State of the Union address. In foreign policy, Iran will dominate administration concerns, says CFR President Richard Haass, who advocates s…