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April 25, 2018

Defense and Security
How Representative Is the All-Volunteer U.S. Military?

The U.S. military’s all-volunteer force has drawn on a shrinking pool of Americans, raising questions about the model’s viability.

President Barack Obama speaks at a commencement ceremony at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

August 14, 2018

United States
The Unconstrained Presidency: Checks and Balances Eroded Long Before Trump

This article was originally published in Foreign Affairs.  In the age of Donald Trump, it often feels as though one individual has the power to chart the United States’ course in the world all by …

April 9, 2018

China
THE CHINA MISSION: George Marshall’s Unfinished War, 1945–1947

As the United States courts a trade war with China, a timely new book by Foreign Affairs’ Executive Editor Daniel Kurtz-Phelan illuminates how U.S. policymakers have been vexed by relations with Chin…

The China Mission

July 26, 2018

Conflict Prevention
Preventive Engagement

Teaching Notes for Preventive Engagement, written by CFR Senior Fellow Paul Stares, in which he provides a comprehensive blueprint for how the United States can manage a more turbulent world.

Teaching Notes for Preventive Engagement by Paul B. Stares

July 1, 2018

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
The Long Shadow of 9/11: How Counterterrorism Warps U.S. Foreign Policy

This article was originally published in Foreign Affairs.  When it comes to political orientation, worldview, life experience, and temperament, the past three presidents of the United States could…

GARY HERSHORN / REUTERS

July 19, 2018

NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization)
Trump’s Biggest Gift to Putin

The totality of President Donald Trump’s statements and actions against NATO makes clear that the United States cannot be relied on to come to the defense of its European allies.

President Trump at 2018 NATO Summit

July 19, 2018

Somalia
Lessons Learned in Somalia: AMISOM and Contemporary Peace Enforcement

How can a look at AMISOM shed light on the major questions about peace enforcement missions and the international partnerships that underpin them? 

AMISOM peacekeepers in the outskirts of Mogadishu

July 18, 2018

Human Rights
Violence Against Women in the Inter-American Human Rights System: International Advocacy and Domestic Reforms

Jessica Lenahan (Gonzales) v. United States, the first international human rights case brought by a victim of domestic violence against the United States, advanced women’s rights at the global level …

 Judges of the Inter-American Court on Human Rights (IACHR), attend a hearing in San Jose, Costa Rica September 3, 2015.

July 17, 2018

Nuclear Weapons
‘No First Use’ and Nuclear Weapons

Nearly all nuclear weapon states, as a matter of policy, remain ready to use their weapons without having first suffered a nuclear attack.

Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

July 11, 2018

NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization)
A “Value”-less Summit: What to Expect from Trump’s NATO Summit

The following is a guest post from Christopher M. Vassallo, an intern at Foreign Affairs at the Council on Foreign Relations. If you want to know how this week’s North Atlantic Treaty Organization…

U.S. President Donald Trump gestures as NATO leaders pose for a family photo at the start of the NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium on July 11, 2018.