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December 13, 2010

Wars and Conflict
The ’Conditions-Based’ Afghan Loophole

U.S. strategy in Afghanistan should be in line with the Obama administration’s political goals of defeating al-Qaeda rather than devoting resources to long-term nation building, says CFR’s Gian Genti…

March 2, 2011

United States
Secretary Gates’s Strategic Thinking

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates’s recent West Point speech promoted the need for better strategic thinking by the U.S. military to supplant a current emphasis on counterinsurgency tactics and natio…

June 22, 2011

Ten Whats With...Col. Gian Gentile

Colonel Gian Gentile. Courtesy of the Council on Foreign Relations. This is the first installment of an occasional series for Politics, Power, and Preventive Action (3PA): “Ten Whats With….”  In ea…

Ten Whats With...Col. Gian Gentile

September 18, 2018

United States
The United States Air Force Celebrates Its 71st Birthday Today

The United States Air Force (USAF) turns 71 years-old today. On September 18, 1947, Chief Justice Fred Vinson swore in Stuart Symington as the first secretary of the air force, officially founding a …

Air Force Birthday 2018

September 13, 2018

Military Operations
CFR Welcomes Visiting Fellows

September 11, 2018—The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) welcomes the 2018–19 visiting fellows to the David Rockefeller Studies Program. Selected fellows have the opportunity to broaden their perspe…

August 17, 2010

Afghanistan
Conflicting Objectives for U.S. in Afghanistan

President Obama’s political objectives for Afghanistan are limited and feasible, says military historian Gian Gentile, but the military’s counterinsurgency strategy and "maximalist approach of nation…

August 2, 2018

Refugees and Displaced Persons
The Humanitarian Crisis You Haven’t Heard About

The United Nations Refugee Agency reports that one person is forcibly displaced from their home every two seconds as a result of conflict or persecution. We have seen the photographs of Syrian refugee camps in Turkey and Lebanon, and read about Somali refugees flooding into Yemen. Worldwide, refugees—citizens who flee their own country for another—number more than 20 million. But that number is dwarfed by a more silent and devastating crisis: the over 40 million who are internally displaced. 

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June 27, 2018

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
The PCUSA Against Israel

In the year 2000 the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) had 2.5 million members. Now it is down to 1.4 million. and the number is still falling. The age profile of members, according to a Pew study, sug…

June 16, 2018

North Korea
The Singapore Summit’s Uncertain Legacy

The Singapore summit lessened the chances of conflict in the short term, but the ultimate legacy of the summit could still be a march toward war.

Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

June 14, 2018

United States
Happy Birthday to the U.S. Army!

The United States Army celebrates its 243nd birthday today. If you see an active duty, former, or retired member of the United States Army today, wish their service Happy Birthday. The Army websit…

Army Birthday 2018