Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The World This Week: Taiwan - Iraq - Iran - more

March 21, 2008

In this Issue:

Politics in the Strait

The Iraq War: Five Years On

Conservative Conundrum in Iran

Talking to Hamas?

A new president in Taiwan may herald an era of better relations with China, though events in Tibet have energized Taiwan's campaigning. Read more
Backgrounder: China-Taiwan Relations
CFR.org Interview with John D. Negroponte, Deputy Secretary of State: China Mostly "In Sync" With U.S. on Iran
Task Force Report: U.S.-China Relations—An Affirmative Agenda, A Responsible Course
CFR Experts on China and Taiwan

On the fifth anniversary of the Iraq war, CFR.org offers a selection of recent analysis and other resources to provide context to the conflict. Read more
Council Special Report: After the Surge—The Case for U.S. Military Disengagement from Iraq
Interactive Slideshow: Five Years of War in Iraq
Campaign 2008 Issue Tracker: The Candidates on Iraq
CFR Experts on Iraq

Western powers criticize Iran's election, but the vote could weaken Iran’s president and advance an explicit if unstated goal of Washington and its allies. Read more
CFR.org Interview with Farideh Farhi: New Iranian Majlis Will Be Critical of Ahmadinejad on Domestic Issues
Op-ed: "Iran's Orchestrated Elections" by Ray Takeyh (International Herald Tribune)
CFR Meeting Video: Intelligence Analysis—Continuity and Change with Thomas Fingar, Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Analysis
CFR Experts on Iran

Talking to Hamas?
In an interview with CFR.org, Steven Cook says he sees no chance the United States would deal directly with Hamas in the Israeli-Palestinian dialogue. Read more
Foreign Affairs: "The New Middle East" by Richard N. Haass
Interactive Timeline: Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
CFR Experts on Israel and the Palestinian Authority

New Council Book on Sharia and the Islamic State
In The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State, Noah Feldman tells the story behind the increasingly popular call for the establishment of sharia—the law of the traditional Islamic state—in the modern Muslim world.
Click here to read the transcript of a recent Council meeting with Noah in which he discusses his new book and the issues it addresses.

CFR Experts in the News
Iraq War (3/20): Amity Shlaes breaks down the cost of the Iraq war, in the Chicago Tribune.
U.S. Economy (3/19): Amity Shlaes argues that the Democrats, not the Republicans, are repeating Herbert Hoover's mistakes, on Bloomberg.com.
Campaign 2008 (3/19): Michael Gerson writes that Obama's speech on race in America did not explain "his strange tolerance for the anti-Americanism of his spiritual mentor," in the Washington Post.
Sharia (3/17): Noah Feldman looks at the role of sharia in modern Islamic politics, in the New York Times Magazine.
France (3/11): Michelle Smith and Charles Ferguson evaluate Sarkozy's nuclear deals in the Middle East, in the International Herald Tribune.

Daily Opinion Roundup Added to CFR.org E-Newsletter Offerings
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