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Ashley's War: The Untold Story of the First All-Female, All-Army Team on the Special Ops Battlefield, by CFR's Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

New York Times best seller, Ashley's War, by CFR Senior Fellow for Women and Foreign Policy Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, gives an inside look at the first-ever all-female, all-Army team to serve on the battlefield alongside Special Operations Forces in Afghanistan—despite the official ban on women in ground-combat units.

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CFR Expert Blake Clayton Proves Oil-Market Anxiety Is Irrational in New Book

CFR Expert Blake Clayton Proves Oil-Market Anxiety Is Irrational in New Book

Over the last hundred years, many experts have fallen prey to fears that the world's oil is dwindling and prices are doomed to rise, yet such predictions have repeatedly proven wrong, writes Blake C. Clayton in a new CFR book. Market Madness: A Century of Oil Panics, Crises, and Crashes offers important lessons for Washington and Wall Street about energy policy and financial markets. Buy the book »

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State Department Needs “Clear Guidelines” on Engaging with Nonstate Armed Groups

Recent data on organized violence shows that conflicts between a state and one or more nonstate armed groups vastly outnumber interstate conflicts. As a result, argues former international affairs fellow Payton L. Knopf in a new CFR Working Paper, the State Department needs clear guidelines as to why, when, and how its diplomats should conduct outreach to these groups.

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U.S. and Mexico Must Increase Cooperation to Confront Drug War, Argues CFR Report

“Mexico is in the midst of a worsening security crisis,” warns David A. Shirk, director of the Trans-Border Institute at the University of San Diego, in a new Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Special Report from the Center for Preventive Action. “Explosive clashes and territorial disputes among powerful drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) have killed more than thirty-five thousand people since President Felipe Calderón took office in December 2006.” Estimates place the profits from the drug industry at $30 billion per year—about 3 to 4 percent of Mexico's GDP.

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