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March 27, 2006

Debrief: The President's Trip to India

The chief negotiator in the U.S.-India nuclear deal, Undersecretary Burns will offer his perspective on the President's recent trip to India. As identical bills on the nuclear deal make their way thr…


October 3, 2011

Anwar al-Awlaki: What We Learned from His Killing

Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born cleric with ties to al Qaeda's Yemen affiliate, gives a sermon in an undisclosed location in October 2008. After covert military operations are revealed—in this cas…

Anwar al-Awlaki: What We Learned from His Killing

January 20, 2012

Middle East Matters This Week: Failed Conciliation in Syria, Gaza, and Bahrain

Significant Middle East Developments Syria. With scores of Syrians killed daily, the Arab League received its observer mission’s much awaited report on Thursday. Human Rights Watch urged the Arab Le…

Islamic Jihad militants take part in the funeral of their comrades in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip on October 30, 2011 (Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Courtesy Reuters).

March 12, 2012

United States
U.S. Targeted Killings: Official Confusion

Last Monday, Attorney General Eric Holder gave a policy speech at Northwestern University Law School, reportedly intended to “reveal publicly the legal reasoning behind [the Obama administration’s] d…

Director Mueller

March 22, 2012

Middle East Matters This Week: Modest Security Council Steps on Syria While Copts Mourn in Egypt

Significant Middle East Developments Egypt. Pope Shenouda III, the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt for over forty years, died last Saturday. Thousands of mourners attended his Cairo fune…

Egyptian Coptic priests and Christians carry the coffin of Pope Shenouda III, the head of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church, upon its arrival for burial at St. Bishoy Monastery in Wadi al-Natrun, on March 20, 2012 (Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Courtesy Reuters).

November 1, 2005

Syria Stands Alone

This publication is now archived. Syria’s slow declineWhat a difference five years makes. At the beginning of the century, Syria was a proud Arab country, ruled with brutal consistency for thirty yea…

September 28, 2012

A Conversation with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

GEORGE RUPP: I'm very pleased to welcome all of you to this Council on Foreign Relations meeting with the president of the Republic of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. I have the usual housekeeping …


March 19, 2007

IRAQ: Iraq’s Governing Council

This publication is now archived. What is the makeup of the Iraqi Governing Council?A diverse mixture of Iraqis—including recently returned exiles, tribal leaders, women, religious Muslim conservativ…

September 21, 2012

United States
You Might Have Missed: National Security Threats, Drones, and ’Red Lines’

Margaret Coker, Adam Entous, Jay Solomon, and Siobhan Gorman, “Miscues Before Libya Assault,” Wall Street Journal, September 21, 2012. Some officials say the U.S. could have sent military forces to …

Netanyahu AIPAC

May 11, 2006

International Organizations
The Impact of the UN Oil-for-Food Scandal

The largest humanitarian program in UN history was also victimized by the organization’s worst corruption scandal. The oil-for-food case has triggered moves toward reform at the UN but the shockwaves…