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November 27, 2002

Iraq
Iraq Inspections Have a 50-50 Chance of Averting War, Says Council’s Middle East Fellow Richard Murphy

Richard Murphy, the Council’s Hasib J. Sabbagh senior fellow in Middle East studies, puts the chances that Saddam Hussein will comply with renewed U.N. weapons inspections— and thereby av…

January 29, 2016

Middle East and North Africa
Chris Murphy on the Roots of Radical Extremism

Chris Murphy discusses U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East.

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July 1, 1997

Iraq
Differentiated Containment

Since World War II, the United States has identified the security and stability of the Gulf region as a vital national interest. This publication presents two documents. The first, Differentiated Con…

January 14, 2019

Afghanistan War
Agonizing Over Afghanistan

The United States should avoid a rapid, unconditional exit from Afghanistan but also minimize the costs of staying.

Afghanistan

December 13, 2018

Europe
Europe in Disarray

History is far from over in Europe. To the contrary, it is back with a vengeance.

Europe in Disarray

December 2, 2018

United States
What George H.W. Bush's Life Can Teach America About Overcoming the Challenges It Faces Today

Let us mourn the passing of the forty-first president, but also learn from his remarkable life.

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December 1, 2018

United States
George H.W. Bush: An Appreciation

President George H.W. Bush’s many significant foreign policy achievements left the country and the world better off. 

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November 20, 2018

Saudi Arabia
The Inconvenient Truth About Saudi Arabia

The United States should pressure MBS to act with greater restraint in Yemen and elsewhere.

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January 30, 2003

Iraq
Murphy Says He Expects War by End of February; Saudis Promoting Plan to Persuade Saddam Hussein to Go Into Exile

Richard W. Murphy, the Council on Foreign Relations Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow in Middle East Studies, says that, barring some major concessions by Iraq, he expects a war by the end of February…

October 22, 2018

North Korea
Defining Diplomacy Down

The United States and South Korea are reluctant to give North Korea a test that it might fail.

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