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Bush’s Candor Marks Mideast Trip

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Bush’s Candor Marks Mideast Trip

President George W. Bush’s eight-day trip through the Middle East lived up to its billing as a momentum-building exercise. The stated goal was “advancing the Israeli-Palestinian peace process,” as National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley put it January 9 en route to Israel. The trip’s other main aim, drumming up opposition to what Washington views as Iranian adventurism, wound up taking much more time than Bush spent in the Holy Land. As Hadley noted, “It’s still a little early in the process” to expect signing ceremonies


By CFR USA.


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Michigan, Choosing Romney, Names Economy Job No. 1

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Michigan, Choosing Romney, Names Economy Job No. 1

Mitt Romney’s Republican primary win (DetroitFreePress) in Michigan set in motion a spree of analysis about the wide-open nature of the party’s presidential campaign. It may also feed an intensifying debate in the party’s nominating process over the relative value of economic competence (PostDispatch)—Romney’s self-proclaimed strong suit—and national security credentials, touted by supporters of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) as his strong suit.


By CFR USA.


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Pakistan Confronts Economic Tremors

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Pakistan Confronts Economic Tremors

Pakistan has become a land of what-ifs. Analysts speculate on a wide range of fallout scenarios for the country: suppose President Pervez Musharraf’s regime falls; or Musharraf’s crackdowns disillusion moderate Pakistanis and embolden Islamist extremists; or the country’s nuclear weapons aren’t as secure as official assurances suggest. On the economic front, there’s no need for guesswork—Pakistan’s turmoil has already pinched the country’s economy, stoking inflation and prompting concerns among regional trading partners.


By CFR USA.


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Gulf States Hesitant on Iran Threat

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Gulf States Hesitant on Iran Threat

President Bush maintained a steady message of alarm about Iran during his weekend Persian Gulf trip. On January 13 in Abu Dhabi, he called on Arab allies to confront “the world’s leading state sponsor of terror.” His decision to expedite the sale of high-tech satellite-guided missiles to Saudi Arabia (JPost) is an example. But as the U.S. president continues his tour of the region, the message from Arab allies regarding Iran is more subtle, nuanced, and cautionary..


By CFR USA.


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