U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice moved Thursday to defuse tensions among Foreign Service officers over a new State Department policy that could force diplomats to serve a tour of duty in Iraq. Analysts assess the new policy and the implications for Iraqi diplomacy. Continue reading
President Bush said Monday that the United States would “respond firmly” to Iran’s intentions to expand its economic and military ties with Iraq, as outlined by Iran’s ambassador to Baghdad. Analysts discuss the possible outcomes. Continue reading
Lee Hamilton, co-chair of the Iraq Study Group, testified before a House committee Friday that President Bush’s proposed troop surge places too much emphasis on military action and depends too heavily on unreliable leadership within the country. NewsHour reports on Hamilton’s testimony. Continue reading
Following up on a series of conversations about U.S. Iraq policy, six guests debate the Iraq Study Group and President Bush’s response to the different options offered. Continue reading
In the second installment in a NewsHour series of conversations on ending the humanitarian crisis in Darfur, a former ambassador to Sudan stresses the need for increased diplomatic efforts.
President Bush on Wednesday said the United States had no intention of pursuing military action against North Korea and would continue to follow a diplomatic path to ending North Korea’s nuclear program. Continue reading
North Korea officials threatened another nuclear test Tuesday unless the United States agrees to hold direct talks. Policy experts discuss President Bush’s continued rejection of direct talks and reaction to the test. Continue reading
President Bush and Prime Minister Blair announced an agreement to send a multinational stabilization force to Lebanon. After excerpts from a news conference, analysts Giovanni Castellaneta and Robin Niblett assess Europe’s role in brokering a diplomatic solution. Continue reading