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September 13, 2017

South Africa
Dlamini-Zuma-ANC-Jacob-Leadership-President 'Don't Underestimate Zuma'

For those in South Africa and elsewhere devoted to the rule of law, the supremacy of constitutional institutions over individual personalities, and repelled by corruption, South Africa’s President Ja…

January 25, 2018

Cybersecurity
Library Report Watch Vol. V: Tracking Digital and Cyber Scholarship So You Don’t Have To

In this edition: Iran's cyber threat, integrating AI into foreign policy, and the benefits of multistakeholder governance.

November 13, 2017

Digital Policy
Student in the stacks Report Watch Vol. IV: Tracking Digital and Cyber Scholarship So You Don’t Have To

Alexandra Kilroy is an intern for the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations. For those new to Net Politics, our report-watch series of posts distills the most …

October 10, 2017

Energy and Climate Policy
An oil rig drilling a well at sunrise near Midland, Texas. (REUTERS/Reuters Staff) No, Tax Breaks for U.S. Oil and Gas Companies Probably Don’t Materially Affect Climate Change

Last week, the journal Nature Energy published an article from scholars at the Stockholm Environment Institute arguing that the tax breaks given to oil companies by the U.S. government could lead to …

January 9, 2018

Vietnam War
In New Book, Max Boot Argues One CIA Operative Could Have Changed the Course of the Vietnam War

January 9, 2018—The Vietnam War “might have taken a very different course—one that was less costly and potentially more successful—if the counsel of this CIA operative and Air Force officer had been …

January 19, 2018

Russia
U.S. Must Make Election Meddling More Costly for Russia to Deter Future Attacks, Argue Blackwill and Gordon in Report

January 19, 2018—The United States has failed to elevate Russia’s intervention in U.S. elections to the national priority that it is, and it has neglected to respond to it in a way sufficient to dete…

January 2, 2018

South Korea
U.S. Alliance Remains South Korea’s Strongest Security Guarantee, Argues Scott Snyder in New Book

  January 2, 2018—“South Korea’s only viable strategic option for the foreseeable future is continued cultivation and strengthening of the alliance …

August 14, 2006

United States
I don’t think Stephen Jen can argue that I have been inconsistent.

Wrong, maybe, but not inconsistent.Stephen Jen notes that China is not the only country with an enormous current account surplus that intervenes massively in the foreign exchange market – “If…

June 15, 2017

Intelligence
Testimony of McCabe, Rosenstein, Coats and Rogers on June 7, 2017 Don’t Let the Russia-Trump Investigation Distract From U.S. Intelligence Reform

Section 702 of the Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Act is up for renewal, and it's a controversial program as a result of Edward Snowden's disclosures.

November 9, 2017

Mexico
Putin and Peña Nieto Don't Let Mexico's Elections Become Putin's Next Target

If Russia wants to make life difficult for the U.S., Mexico's big vote next year offers rich opportunities.