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March 13, 2006

International Organizations
Lowenkron: Number of Countries Fear a Tougher UN Human Rights Body

The State Department official in charge of addressing human rights issues, Assistant Secretary Barry Lowenkron, tells cfr.org a number of states fear the proposed UN Human Rights Council, which will …

April 14, 2006

China
Economy: Bush Shouldn’t Expect Much Help From China’s Hu on North Korea and Iran

Elizabeth Economy, the Council’s senior fellow for Asia, says that when President Hu Jintao of China meets President Bush at the White House next Thursday, the administration would like to see some p…

April 19, 2006

Iraq
Gelb: Rumsfeld’s Resignation Should Have Been Accepted a Year Ago

Leslie H. Gelb, president emeritus of CFR, and a former Pentagon and State Department official in the Johnson and Carter administrations, says the public criticism of Secretary of Defense Donald M. R…

May 1, 2006

Democracy
Bowen: Iraq Reconstruction Still a "Mixed Picture"

The latest report by the U.S. inspector general for Iraq’s reconstruction says work continues to be hobbled by security concerns, poor oversight and corruption. Stuart Bowen Jr. tells cfr.org that in…

May 19, 2006

Intelligence
Former Top CIA Official Says Agency Can be Revived Through Leadership, Focus

A former deputy director of the CIA, Richard J. Kerr, says the agency needs a strong leader who can restore its role as the leading source of intelligence analysis. Kerr says the new head of the CIA …

June 19, 2006

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Kupchan: Iran Should Top Agenda of U.S.-EU Summit

Charles A. Kupchan, CFR’s top expert on Europe, says when President Bush meets with top European leaders in Vienna on Wednesday, the ongoing dialogue with Iran is likely to top the agenda, along with…

June 26, 2006

International Organizations
Silverberg Says UN Reform Process Slow and Inadequate So Far

Kristen Silverberg, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs, says management reform is needed at the UN to increase effectiveness and accountability.

July 10, 2006

United States
Danilovich: New Aid Program ‘Aggressively Engaged’ in Reforms for the Developing World

John Danilovich, chief executive of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, says the organization has become more aggressively engaged with developing nations in pressing economic reforms and is now di…

July 24, 2006

Mexico
Tancredo: Tough Immigration Reform Essential to Maintain U.S. Identity

Congressman Thomas Tancredo, a four-term Colorado Republican who chairs the 104-member House Immigration Reform Caucus, believes that tough immigration reform is essential to preserve the country’s i…

August 7, 2006

Lebanon
Syria’s U.S. Ambassador: Syria Can Play ’Constructive Role’ in Resolving Lebanese War

Syria’s U.S. ambassador says Damascus can play a "constructive role" in resolving the current fighting in Lebanon but is getting the diplomatic cold shoulder from the Bush administration.