The departing head of Central Command was wrong about the surge, argues Max Boot.
Watch J. Michael McConnell, director of national security, discuss the changing role of the national intelligence community in the post Cold War era.
Listen to J. Michael McConnell, director of national security, discuss the changing role of the national intelligence community in the post Cold War era.
Former Secretary of Defense William J. Perry reflects on significant US foreign policy issues of his tenure, including Iran, Iraq, and nation-building.
The Senate overwhelmingly approved the Bush administration’s nominee for defense secretary, Robert M. Gates, who signaled he is open to new approaches in improving conditions in Iraq.
General Tommy Franks speaks on how victory, specifically in Iraq and Afghanistan, should be defined.
Gary G. Sick, a prominent expert on Iran, worked with Robert M. Gates in the White House during the Ford and Carter administrations. He says the nomination of Gates to replace Donald M. Rumsfeld as secretary of defense marks a moment of “real change” for the administration of George W. Bush.
President Bush’s choice of Robert M. Gates to head the Defense Department has raised expectations of a new course on Iraq, or at least a change in tone on how to handle the administration’s security challenges.
Retired Marine Lieut. Gen. Bernard E. Trainor, who has coauthored a book on the planning for the Iraq war, says that departing Secretary of Defense Donald M. Rumsfeld will probably leave a “negative legacy” as a result of his insistence on refusing military requests to plan adequately for the chaos that arose in Iraq.
The first change to follow the Democrats’ midterm victory in Congress is a major one—the resignation of U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
Listen U.S. Air Force General Richard B. Myers speak about his military career and his contribution to U.S. foreign policy Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Watch U.S. Air Force General Richard B. Myers speak about his military career and his contribution to U.S. foreign policy Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
As part of the HBO-sponsored History Makers Series, Richard B. Myers discusses his distinguished military career, ending as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and military advisor to President Bush and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.
Leslie H. Gelb, president emeritus of CFR, and a former Pentagon and State Department official in the Johnson and Carter administrations, says the public criticism of Secretary of Defense Donald M. Rumsfeld by some retired senior military officers is due to their unhappiness "that they didn't speak up earlier, speak up while they were on the job."
In the face of mounting calls for his resignation, the secretary of defense is hanging tough. President Bush reiterates his support for Rumsfeld as the secretary defends his leadership of the Iraq war against attacks from retired senior military commanders.
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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.
Red Team provides an in-depth investigation into the work of red teams, revealing the best practices, most common pitfalls, and most effective applications of these modern-day devil's advocates. More
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
Learn more about CFR’s mission and its work over the past year in the 2015 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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