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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 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 17, 2018

China
Play Dwight D. Eisenhower sitting in the back of a jeep with General George C. Marshall 'The China Mission: George Marshall’s Unfinished War, 1945–1947'

Daniel Kurtz-Phelan discusses his new book, The China Mission: George Marshall’s Unfinished War, 1945-1947, a narrative history of a hugely consequential, but largely forgotten episode in the history…

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 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 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…

July 19, 2018

North Korea
Pedestrians walk past portraits of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il. North Korea’s Power Structure

In North Korea, all authority flows from Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un. He has reinstated the party as the central hub to consolidate his power and bring elites to heel.

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 …