Articles by Steven R. Weisman



World Bank Delivers a Rare Rebuke

  • 17 April 07
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Paul Wolfowitz's struggle to remain as president of the World Bank was dealt a crippling setback when its most powerful oversight committee delivered an unusually public rebuke of his leadership, expressing ""great concern"" about the institution's future and the need to preserve its credibility and staff morale.

Russia Bargains for Stakes in West

  • 13 June 06
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Russian, American, European and Japanese officials are negotiating over whether Russia should be allowed greater latitude to invest in utilities, pipelines, natural gas facilities and other infrastructure in the United States and Europe.

Rice, Rumsfeld Shore Up Iraqi PM

  • 28 April 06
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
The U.S. officials express confidence in Nuri Kamal al-Maliki as an Iraqi official hints at troop reductions.

Rice's Risks Paid Off in Brokering Gaza Accord

  • 17 November 05
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice spent all day and night successfully brokering an accord on Tuesday on security controls at a Gaza border crossing, suddenly elevating the Bush administration's involvement in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to a new level.

Iraqi Charter a Disappointment for Bush's Team

  • 30 August 05
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
As Iraq's draft constitution was presented to its National Assembly and honored at a brief ceremony largely boycotted by Sunnis, U.S. President George W. Bush joined with others in his administration on Sunday in praising the charter as a milestone in the transition to democracy and the battle against insurgents.

Uzbekistan Gives U.S. 180 Days to Leave Base

  • 01 August 05
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Uzbekistan formally ordered the United States to leave an air base that has been a hub for operations in Afghanistan in protest over a predawn United Nations operation on Friday to spirit out refugees who had fled an uprising in Uzbekistan in May, senior U.S. State Department officials said Saturday.

EU Bows to Bush Over China

  • 23 March 05
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Yielding to pressure from U.S. President George W. Bush and threats of retaliation from Congress, the European Union has put off plans to lift its arms embargo on China this spring and may not press the issue until next year, U.S. and European officials said Monday.

Bush Names Bolton as U.S. Ambassador to UN

  • 09 March 05
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
U.S. President George W. Bush on Monday chose John Bolton, a blunt-spoken conservative known for his sharp skepticism of the United Nations and international diplomacy, as the new U.S. ambassador to the world organization.

Rice Says Russia Will Not Be Punished

  • 07 February 05
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Saturday that Moscow's crackdown on dissent was making Russian-American relations ""more difficult,"" a State Department official said.

U.S., Europeans Discuss Iran Incentives Program

  • 13 October 04
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
The George W. Bush administration is holding talks with its European allies on a possible package of economic incentives for Iran, including access to imported nuclear fuel, in return for suspension of uranium enrichment activities that are suspected to be part of a nuclear arms program, European and U.S. diplomats said Monday.

U.S. Spends $2.5Bln in Iraqi Oil Revenues

  • 22 June 04
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Struggling with bureaucratic problems in spending the money appropriated by Congress to rebuild Iraq, U.S. authorities are moving quietly and quickly to spend $2.5 billion from a different source, Iraqi oil revenues, for projects employing tens of thousands of Iraqis, especially in the country's hot spots, George W. Bush administration officials say.

U.S. Decides Against UN Support in Iraq

  • 15 August 03
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
The administration of U.S. President George W. Bush has abandoned the idea of giving the UN more of a role in the occupation of Iraq as sought by France, India and other countries as a condition for their participation in peacekeeping there, administration officials said Wednesday.

Bush Insists Road Map is on Track

  • 21 May 03
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
U.S. President George W. Bush defended the administration's peace plan for the Middle East as his aides scrambled to revive Israeli-Palestinian discussions in the face of five bomb attacks on Israelis in three days.

4 Suicide Attacks Hit Saudi Capital

  • 14 May 03
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
As an investigation began into the suicide attacks against residential compounds and a business in the Saudi capital, there was confusion Tuesday over the death toll, with numbers that ranged from 20 to nearly five times as many.

Bush's Aides Look To Next Enemies

  • 11 April 03
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
In the run-up to the war to oust Saddam Hussein, U.S. President George W. Bush and his aides sometimes acknowledged that the war was about far more than just Iraq.

Russia, Allies Discuss Mideast Peace Timetable

  • 23 December 02
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov joined with U.S. President George W. Bush and envoys from Europe and the United Nations in a new call Friday for the creation of a Palestinian state in three years.

Afghan History Lesson

  • 24 October 01
  • The New York Times
In the few weeks that the world has focused on Afghanistan, almost everyone has heard about the long history of failed attempts at conquest, from the Mongols to the British to the Russians.