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April 9, 2018

China
The China Mission 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…

April 25, 2018

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

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.

July 11, 2018

NATO (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. A “Value”-less Summit: What to Expect from Trump’s NATO Summit

Christopher M. Vassallo is an intern at Foreign Affairs and a student at Harvard University. If you want to know how this week’s North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit will likely play o…

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.

July 9, 2018

Russia
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin talk during the family photo session at the APEC Summit in Danang, Vietnam November 11, 2017. Will Energy Be Part of the U.S.-Russia Helsinki Summit?

Navigating the geopolitical domain surrounding energy is always difficult, but in the lead-up to the U.S.-Russia summit in Helsinki, it is particularly complex. While energy is unlikely to be a first…

July 2, 2018

United States
A U.S. Border Patrol agent keeps watch along the fence next to the U.S.-Mexican border in Calexico, California, February 2017. The U.S. Immigration Debate

Comprehensive immigration reform has eluded Congress for years, moving controversial policy decisions into the executive and judicial branches of government.

June 28, 2018

U.S. Foreign Policy
The American People Support Promoting Democracy Overseas

Everyone knows that since the days of George W. Bush’s “Freedom Agenda”, the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and the failures in the “Arab Spring,” Americans no longer support the promotion of democracy a…

June 28, 2018

United States
summer reading 2018 What’s Worth Reading This Summer?

CFR.org editor Bob McMahon and I recorded our annual summer reading episode of CFR’s “The World Next Week” podcast. Carlos Lozada, the nonfiction book critic at the Washington Post, joined us for the…

June 26, 2018

Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe’s Elections – Whose Confidence Counts? Zimbabwe’s Elections: Whose Confidence Counts?

Last month, Zimbabwean Permanent Secretary for Information Media and Broadcasting Services George Charamba told the press that Zimbabwe's upcoming July 30 elections are “an instrument of foreign policy.” This is a strange way to think about a democratic exercise, and it raises serious concerns about Zimbabwe's future.