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September 13, 2013

Middle East and North Africa
Can Moscow Move Past Assad?

Russia is more concerned with guarding its strategic interests in Syria than sustaining the rule of Assad, who eventually may overburden the Kremlin, says expert Michael Young.

August 8, 2013

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Another Cold Spell for U.S.-Russia Relations

President Obama’s cancelled state visit to Moscow next month is another indication that the so-called U.S.-Russia reset has derailed, says CFR’s Stephen Sestanovich.

April 26, 2013

Portugal
Portugal’s Austerity Malaise

Recent developments in Portugal provide yet another example of the growing political strength of anti-austerity forces in Europe.

January 30, 2013

Israel
Political Pivot in Israel?

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will seek to form a big-tent coalition that could signal a new inward focus at a time of increasing tumult in the Mideast, says expert David Makovsky.

May 14, 2009

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Netanyahu-Obama Meeting: Don’t Expect Confrontation

Martin Indyk, a former U.S. ambassador to Israel, says it’s unlikely that the first meeting between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will lead to sharp disagreements but …

May 31, 2012

Defense and Security
Canada’s Security Agenda

Canada’s military is managing its role in Afghanistan against new security concerns in the Arctic, and is looking to increase its capacity in an age when other NATO countries are cutting back on spen…

July 27, 2012

Health Policy and Initiatives
Debating an End to AIDS

The International AIDS Conference shows that challenges, such as funding and maintaining political will, likely means no short-term end to the epidemic, says CFR’s Laurie Garrett.

October 31, 2006

United States
Feinstein: Democratic Party Gains in Congress Unlikely to Change Bush’s Policies on Iraq

Lee Feinstein, an expert on American foreign policy and Congress, says that even if the Democratic Party wins control of either or both houses of Congress in the Nov. 7 midterm vote, it would be wron…

April 16, 2012

Iran
’New Atmosphere’ In Iran Negotiations

Iran’s more receptive tone with Western powers in nuclear talks signals concerns about the bite of sanctions and the threat of an Israeli military strike, says CFR’s Ray Takeyh.

April 3, 2012

Syria
Merits of a Syrian Cease-Fire

A deadline for cease-fire in Syria is set, but the international community remains divided on ways forward. CFR’s Ed Husain says many questions remain about opposition unity, leadership transition, a…