Boris Yeltsin played a pivotal role in the dissolution of the Soviet Union, but his topsy-turvy tenure at the helm of post-Soviet Russia was marked by war, economic debacle, and fleeting freedoms for Russians.
The release of British detainees prompts debate over the direction of Iranian foreign policy and future negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program.
In the wake of the Watergate scandal, Gerald Ford’s brief presidency was marked by the end of the Vietnam War but also left a legacy of bipartisan cooperation.
If Mr. Trump had really wanted to take his cue from Mr. Jackson, here are six lessons the seventh president could have provided.
What are we to make of Fidel Castro's life and the eulogies his death evoked? Elliott Abrams’s answer is in the Weekly Standard.
CFR's James M. Lindsay shares a look ahead to some of the major global anniversaries in the coming year.
Joshua Kurlantzick discusses examples from other states around the world for possibilities of what to expect from a Donald Trump presidency.
CFR's Ray Takeyh reviews Hudson Institute Senior Fellow Michael Doran's new book, Ike's Gamble: America's Rise to Dominance in the Middle East, which sheds new light on the history of President Dwight D. Eisenhower's foreign policy in the Middle East.
Benn Steil discusses the misunderstood role of Bretton Woods in establishing a global monetary order after the second world war and the factors behind the system’s demise.
Robert D. Blackwill reviews The Blood Telegram, by Gary Bass, a text that myopically and selectively pairs the Nixon-Kissinger opening to China with U.S. policy toward the breakup of Pakistan.
Ray Takeyh debunks the myth that the CIA was responsible for Mossadeq's demise and the 1953 Iranian coup.
Benn Steil's article in the June 2013 edition of History Today takes a critical look at John Maynard Keynes's performance as a diplomat during World War II, concluding that Britain had made a mistake sending him to Washington. His temperament and overinvestment in his personal legacy resulted in Britain paying a high political and economic price for American financial assistance.
Ray Takeyh examines examples of foreign policy failures turned success, including "the shift in U.S. containment policy during the early stages of the Truman presidency; the changed U.S. approach to the Vietnam War after Richard Nixon's 1968 election; and George W. Bush's surge in Iraq."
Micah Zenko calls for a historical accounting of U.S. targeted killings.
Matthew C. Waxman argues that international law still plays a powerful role in justifying or delegitimizing the case for military action. Just like in the Cuban missile crisis, the United States needs to present a plausible case for self-defense in order to strike Iran.
Knopf argues that the only remaining path for South Sudan is for an international transitional administration to run the country for a finite period.
The U.S. relationship with Israel is in trouble. Blackwill and Gordon offer six core policy proposals to repair, redefine, and invigorate the partnership.
To ensure the success of Myanmar's historic democratic transition, the United States should revise its outdated and counterproductive sanctions policy.
The definitive account of the secret war in Laos, which forever changed the CIA from a relatively small spying agency into an organization with vast paramilitary powers. More
CFR President Haass argues for an updated global operating system to address challenges from terrorism to climate change. More
Alden provides an enlightening history of the last four decades of U.S. trade policies and a blueprint for how to keep the United States competitive in a globalized economy. More
Learn more about CFR’s mission and its work over the past year in the 2016 Annual Report. The Annual Report spotlights new initiatives, high-profile events, and authoritative scholarship from CFR experts, and includes a message from CFR President Richard N. Haass.
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