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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 …

August 13, 2018

Russia
Did Russia Really Dump Its U.S. Debt? Did Russia Really Dump Its U.S. Debt?

“Russia dumped 84% of its American debt,” blared a July CNN headline. Russian central-bank head Elvira Nabiullina said the sales were just part of “diversifying the entire structure of currencies…

July 30, 2018

International Economic Policy
Gone Fishing

I am planning to take the next few weeks off—no blogging. That at least is the plan, barring a major financial surprise. It thus seems a natural time to look back at the topics I have covered in t…

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.

July 26, 2018

Conflict Prevention
Teaching Notes for Preventive Engagement by Paul B. Stares 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.

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…

July 1, 2018

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
GARY HERSHORN / REUTERS 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…

July 23, 2018

China
China’s Currency Is Back in Play China’s Currency Is Back in Play

China's currency is getting awfully close to some key levels, levels where in the past China has resisted further depreciation. The signals China sends from here on will be critical.

July 19, 2018

Somalia
AMISOM peacekeepers in the outskirts of Mogadishu 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? 

July 18, 2018

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