The reliance on unmanned drones to target terror suspects in Pakistan has been quietly lauded by U.S. officials. But the covert program, which has so far gotten little public scrutiny, is facing mounting legal and ethical concerns.
Despite recent successes, unmanned drone strikes in Afghanistan and Pakistan remain a controversial tactic. CFR's Micah Zenko says the Obama administration must shed new details on the "worst kept covert secret in the history of U.S. foreign policy."
C. Christine Fair, assistant professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, offers a look at the true and false behind arguments against the United States' use of drone airstrikes.
Dr. Albright will discuss the new recommendations and analyses of the Group of Experts on NATO's New Strategic Concept, including how NATO governments can further transform the Alliance, and the twenty-first century challenges and opportunities the Alliance will face.
Robert Kaplan discusses the topic of his article in the May/June 2010 isse of Foreign Affairs, the geography of China and the rise of its navy.
The U.S. government must improve its ability to help its partners defend themselves or, if necessary, fight alongside U.S. troops.
Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, gave this speech at Kansas State University on Wednesday, March 3, 2010.
As the United States must not abandon the thousands of Iraqis currently risking their lives to work alongside our soldiers, diplomats, and aid workers. The Obama Administration cannot wait until the final hours of the withdrawal to address this moral imperative.
CFR expert Daniel Markey, who just returned from a trip to Pakistan and Afghanistan, discusses current U.S. policy toward the region.
Listen to CFR expert Daniel Markey, just returned from a trip to Pakistan and Afghanistan, discuss current U.S. policy toward the region.
This military doctrine was approved by the Russian presidential edict on February 5, 2010. BBC Monitoring translated the doctrine on Februrary 10, 2010. The doctrine is prepartion for the Russian military to prepare its armed defenses. The expansion of NATO near Russian borders is listed as one of the main military dangers faced by Russia.
Listen to Michèle Flournoy, undersecretary of defense for policy, walk through the Department of Defense's review of national defense strategy and priorities.
Watch Michèle Flournoy, undersecretary of defense for policy, walk through the Department of Defense's review of national defense strategy and priorities.
Joseph S. Nye Jr. discusses the U.S. military base in Okinawa and the U.S. alliance with Japan.
Williams argues that the status quo for peace operations in untenable and that greater U.S. involvement is necessary to enhance the quality and success of peacekeeping missions.
The authors argue that the United States has responded inadequately to the rise of Chinese power and recommend placing less strategic emphasis on the goal of integrating China into the international system and more on balancing China's rise.
Campbell evaluates the implications of the Boko Haram insurgency and recommends that the United States support Nigerian efforts to address the drivers of Boko Haram, such as poverty and corruption, and to foster stronger ties with Nigerian civil society.
Ashley's War tells the poignant and gripping story of a groundbreaking team of female American warriors who served alongside Special Operations soldiers in Afghanistan. More
Smith's insightful book explores the policy issues testing the Japanese government as it tries to navigate its relationship with an advancing China. More
This revolutionary new look at volatility and crisis in oil markets explores the conditions in which oil supply fears arise, gain popularity, and eventually wane. More
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