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February 17, 2016

United States
Play RTR13AY3_EC.jpg The Legacy of the George H.W. Bush Administration

Experts discuss the legacy of the George H.W. Bush administration.

April 14, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
PEPFAR Bush Former President George W. Bush, advocates for PEPFAR and Africa

Former President George W. Bush’s trip to Botswana and Namibia is a reminder of perhaps his signature achievement in office, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, known as PEPFAR. In an Apr…

November 17, 2005

Russia
Letter to President George W. Bush

Note to the reader: Jack Kemp and John Edwards, co-chairs of the Council on Foreign Relations Independent Task Force on U.S. Policy Toward Russia, sent a letter (attached below) to President Bush on …

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 …

May 13, 2011

U.S. Mideast Envoy George Mitchell in Cairo December 15, 2010. The Resignation of George Mitchell

U.S. Mideast Envoy George Mitchell in Cairo December 15, 2010. (Amr Dalsh/Courtesy Reuters) George Mitchell resigned today as the president’s special envoy for the Middle East. Mitchell was appointe…

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.

November 3, 2017

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
OSCE Taking Stock of the Treaty on Open Skies

A little-known treaty provides transparency for confirming arms control agreements and serves as an important measure of the health of the U.S.-Russia relationship.

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.

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…

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…