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The way the United States and Russia view each other has changed fundamentally in recent years, a difference reflected in the words of several former ambassadors who gathered Sunday to discuss how the two countries can address the diplomatic challenges of today.
The U.S. will eventually get "sucked into" Syria's civil war, the State Department's former lead diplomat on Syria predicted Friday.
Russia, which has provided military and political support key to the Syrian regime, acknowledged for the first time on Thursday that President Bashar Assad is losing control and the rebels may win the civil war that has dragged on for 21 months and claimed an estimated 40,000 lives.
Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood-led government is asserting its dominance in ways that raise the specter of an autocracy similar to the regime Egyptians toppled almost two years ago, an Egyptian opposition leader warned foreign-policy specialists in Washington.
The Obama administration's efforts to engage the Taliban in peace talks and its "fixation" on a 2014 deadline to withdraw all combat troops from Afghanistan have been "strategically debilitating" and signal that the U.S. has "lost the will for this fight," Sen. John McCain said Wednesday.
Photographs of U.S. soldiers posing with body parts of militants in Afghanistan are "deplorable and despicable," Sen. John McCain of Arizona, the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said Wednesday.
Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf said Wednesday that Islamabad needs to do a better job of explaining to the U.S. why Osama bin Laden was found in the country, adding that he remains convinced that Pakistani authorities were unaware of his presence.
White House Chief of Staff William Daley on Sunday said the United States will withhold $800 million in military aid to Pakistan, further evidence of the strained ties between the two countries.
Ripples of unrest spreading across the Arab world are prompting some governments there to brace for a tide of protests over unemployment and longtime autocratic rule.