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July 11, 2018

Digital Policy
U.S. Supreme Court The Supreme Court Adapts Constitutional Law to Address Technological Change

With Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement, two recent cases shed light on how Chief Justice John Roberts might decide technology cases if he becomes the court's new swing vote. 

July 10, 2018

Europe
Former Secretary of State George C. Marshall urging the prompt ratification of the North Atlantic Military Alliance, speaking on the second anniversary of his address at Harvard University in which he outlined the Marshall Plan for the economic recovery of Europe. Trump’s Misguided Attack on European Unity

Trump's antipathy toward the EU overlooks America’s enduring interest in a united Europe that can serve as one pillar of an open, rule-bound international system.

January 4, 2006

United States
What is the Legality of the NSA Domestic Surveillance Program?

Should the domestic spying of U.S. "persons" be permitted? If it is "critical to saving lives," then yes, argues President Bush. He further says that shortly after the September 11, 2001, attacks Con…

April 24, 2018

Defense and Security
Military Demographics of the U.S. Military

Deployed around the world, the armed forces are a pillar of U.S. power and influence abroad, but many are unfamiliar with its composition. CFR examines the U.S. military by gender, race, geography and other demographic factors.

February 7, 2018

Nuclear Weapons
Ian Dudley/Reuters U.S. Nuclear Weapons Modernization

U.S. strategic and tactical nuclear weapons on land, in the air, and at sea, will undergo costly and extensive modernization in the coming years.

January 30, 2017

United States
President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks at Homeland Security headquarters in Washington, DC. Can Trump Carry Out His Foreign Policy Promises?

President Donald J. Trump has wide latitude to enact the sweeping changes to U.S. foreign policy that he has promised, but his executive authority is constrained by congressional legislation, treaty …

April 10, 2018

Robots and Artificial Intelligence
Play The Work Ahead: Machines, Skills, and U.S. Leadership in the Twenty-First Century The Work Ahead: Machines, Skills, and U.S. Leadership in the Twenty-First Century

The world is in the midst of a transformation in the nature of work, as smart machines, artificial intelligence, new technologies, and global competition remake how people do their jobs and pursue th…

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August 6, 2014

Labor and Employment
Canadian flags line the road around Parliament Hill during the National Day of Honour ceremony in Ottawa Policy Initiative Spotlight: How Canada Lets Local Governments Pick Immigrants

Comprehensive U.S. immigration reform is dead.  More than a year after the U.S. Senate passed its reform bill, the House has not voted on comprehensive reform.  The upcoming mid-term elections will l…

October 15, 2013

Infrastructure
U.S. President Barack Obama walks past a pumpjack on his way to deliver remarks on energy independence in New Mexico, March 21, 2012. (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters) New Energy and U.S. Economic Vulnerability

One of the promises of the fracking revolution that has sharply increased oil and gas production in the United States is that it might help to free this country from the economic ups and downs associ…