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23 Jun 2014 description

Authors: Micah Zenko, Douglas Dillon Fellow, and Sarah Kreps, Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow


The Obama administration should pursue a strategy that places clear limits on its own sale and use of armed drones lest these weapons proliferate and their use becomes widespread. These are the central findings of a new report by CFR Douglas Dillon Fellow Micah Zenko and Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow Sarah Kreps.

15 Feb 2013 description

Scope of the Challenge

17 Jun 2011 description

Author: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Fellow and Deputy Director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program

June 16, 2011
Daily Beast

On a sunny Washington afternoon this week, a group of Afghan women crowded around a wooden conference table in a bare room on the State Department's ground floor. They were there to talk about the high stakes of the troop drawdown from their country, scheduled to begin in July.

10 May 2011 description

Prepared statement by
Stephen Biddle
Roger Hertog Senior Fellow for Defense Policy
Council on Foreign Relations

Before the
Senate Foreign Relations Committee
First Session, 112th Congress

Hearing on “Steps Needed for a Successful 2014 Transition in Afghanistan”

24 Feb 2011 description

Interviewee: Steve Coll, President, New America Foundation

Interviewer: Jayshree Bajoria, Senior Staff Writer, CFR.org

February 24, 2011

The United States has supported an Afghan-led negotiation process with Taliban insurgents ready to renounce violence, but a new report in the New Yorker provides details on what it says are direct U.S.-Taliban talks already underway since last year. Steve Coll, president of the Washington-based New America Foundation, and author of the article, says U.S.

17 Dec 2010 description

Interviewee: Stephen Biddle, Senior Fellow for Defense Policy, CFR

Author: Bernard Gwertzman, Consulting Editor

December 17, 2010

The Afghanistan war strategy review released December 16 hews to President Barack Obama's pledge of last year and aims to begin "a responsible" drawdown of U.S. troops from the country in July 2011. However, a negotiated settlement in Afghanistan hinges on convincing the Taliban that the United States is not planning to pull out the bulk of is troops next year, says CFR's Stephen Biddle.

23 Nov 2010 description


12 Nov 2010 description

Speakers: Richard L. Armitage, Task Force Co-Chair, Former Deputy Secretary of State, and President of Armitage International, L.C.;

Daniel Markey, Task Force Director and Senior Fellow For India, Pakistan And South Asia, Council an Foreign Relations (CFR)

Presider: David Ignatius, Columnist for The Washington Post

November 12, 2010

Council on Foreign Relations

DAVID R. IGNATIUS: Good morning. Let me ask you to take your seats and we will begin. I'm David Ignatius.

15 Oct 2010 description

Authors:   Daniel Markey, Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia, CFR

Siddiq Wahid, Vice-Chancellor, Islamic University of Science & Technology, Jammu and Kashmir

Prem Shankar Jha, Author and Columnist

Zia Mian, Program on Science and Global Security, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

Interviewers: Jayshree Bajoria

October 15, 2010

Indian-administered Kashmir has been rocked for months by near-daily clashes between Indian security forces and stone-throwing, pro-independence Kashmiri youth.

07 Sep 2010 description

Author: Michael L. Baker, International Affairs Fellow in Residence

September 7, 2010

As Pakistan continues to struggle with flood devastation, U.S. national security experts are considering the long-term effects of the disaster. Among the concerns are the Pakistan government's stability, opportunism by extremist groups providing relief, and the impact on the U.S. war effort in neighboring Afghanistan, where U.S. forces depend on smooth supply lines through Pakistan.

The case of Pakistan reflects how natural disasters can weigh on U.S. national security considerations.

25 Aug 2010 description

August 25, 2010

Author: Toni Johnson

While Pakistan continues to face the aftermath of devastating floods and the Indus River remains a swollen danger, the disaster has fed debate on whether the extreme weather is part of a new normal. Is it just a seasonal anomaly or another signal that the world's vulnerable spots should expect a surge in such radical climate episodes? A recent study says it is tenuous to link specific natural disasters to climate change (NYT), yet several experts contend climate change is certainly a factor in Pakistan's flood crisis (Wired).

10 Aug 2010 description

Analysis Brief

August 10, 2010

Author: Jayshree Bajoria

The deadliest floods in Pakistan's sixty-three-year history have killed over 1,600 and affected nearly fourteen million people. The devastation is sorely testing the government's capacity, and setbacks are likely in its efforts toward economic growth and development, fight against militancy, and the country's civil-military relations.

05 Aug 2010 description

August 5, 2010

Author: Jayshree Bajoria

A spate of recent events in Pakistan has only compounded the country's challenges and is sorely testing a weak government confronted with growing violence and terrorism. This week, the worst floods in the country's history have killed more than 1,400 people and affected up to three million. As the floods raged in the worst-hit province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, its capital, Peshawar, was rocked by a suicide bomb on Wednesday that killed the head of the paramilitary force (WashPost), the Frontier Constabulary.

19 Jul 2010 description

Author: Greg Bruno, Staff Writer


Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), often referred to as drones, have become increasingly important in U.S. efforts to strike militants in Pakistani regions bordering Afghanistan. In its first eighteen months, the Obama administration authorized more drone attacks in Pakistan than its predecessor did over two terms.

01 Jul 2008 description

Pakistan constitutes one of the most important and difficult challenges facing U.S. foreign policy.

What is at stake is considerable by any measure. Pakistan is the world's second-most populous Muslim-majority country, with nearly 170 million people. It shares borders with Afghanistan, where U.S. and allied forces are struggling to promote stability amid a continuing insurgency, and India, with which it has fought a series of conflicts.

01 Nov 2005 description

Progress in relations between India and Pakistan after Pakistan's deadly October 8 earthquake is being sorely tested by new attacks in New Delhi (BBC).