For U.S. troops and Iraqi civilians, this has been one of the least deadly months since the war in Iraq began six years ago. But on Friday, a series of bombs exploded near five Shiite mosques in Baghdad, killing at least 29 people. Michael Wahid Hanna of the Century Foundation discusses the attacks and U.S. troop withdrawals.
In Iran on Thursday, a memorial for victims of the violence that followed last month's disputed elections turned into another day of protest by thousands of people. Afshin Molavi of the New America Foundation discusses the demonstrations and ongoing political turmoil.
After two days of high-level U.S.-China talks, the Obama administration agreed to reduce the U.S. deficit once the financial crisis has abated. Nicholas Lardy of the Peterson Institute discusses the evolving economic relationship between the two countries.
Though the protests in Iran were overwhelmingly peaceful, the Iranian authorities are accusing many demonstrators of carrying out bombings and attacking Basiji paramilitary forces. Ervand Abrahamian of the City University of New York discusses the impending trials of those detained.
American and British forces have been suffering greater casualties in Afghanistan as they step up their battle against the Taliban. Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, who worked on an advisory board to General Stanley McChrystal in Afghanistan, discusses if victory is possible for NATO forces.
In a critical week for U.S.-Israeli relations, four prominent American officials are in Israel to discuss key topics such as Iran's nuclear threat and Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Daniel Levy of the New American Foundation discusses developments out of the Middle East.
The U.S. and China began two days of high-level meetings in Washington on Monday, with nuclear proliferation and the global economic crisis among the issues on the agenda. Orville Schell of the Asia Society discusses what may come of the dialogue.