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September 18, 2017

United States
Air Force Birthday The United States Air Force Celebrates Its 70th Birthday Today

The United States Air Force (USAF) turns 70 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 …

April 27, 2017

Zimbabwe
Zimbabwean National Army final The Matabeleland Massacre and Contemporary Zimbabwe

Genocide and other massacres cast a long shadow over contemporary politics. In Africa, the genocide in Rwanda and massacres in Burundi and the eastern Congo come immediately to mind. As Zimbabwe spir…

May 10, 2011

Global Governance
Using Frozen Assets to Aid Libyans

The Obama administration’s plan to seize frozen Libyan assets and use them for Libyan aid is a dramatic, and probably unilateral, exercise of U.S. power that is likely to yield a relatively modest su…

February 8, 2018

Vietnam War
Play Vietnam memorial Fifty Years After the Tet Offensive: Lessons From the Vietnam War

Panelists discuss the fiftieth anniversary of the Tet Offensive, launched in late January 1968, and the lessons learned or forgotten from the Vietnam War for the United States today. 

November 3, 2016

Iran
Kerry Drums Up Business for Iran While Treasury Warns Against It

On October 31, Secretary of State Kerry continued his remarkable campaign to drum up business for Iran. Speaking at Chatham House in London, here is part of what he said: Iran deserves the cre…

March 27, 2014

A woman tries the silver colored version of the new iPhone 5S after Apple Inc's media event in Cupertino, California September 10, 2013 (Stephen Lam/Courtesy Reuters). We Don’t Know If Our Patent System is Working

“Innovation” is a hot buzzword in Washington. In a city gripped by partisanship, being pro-innovation is something everyone can agree on. One of the most direct ways the federal government participat…

May 22, 2013

Corporate Governance
Apple CEO Tim Cook testifies before the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations on May 21, 2013 (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters). Apple and the Taxman: Why Treasury Always Loses

Watching the Senate hearing yesterday with Apple chief executive Tim Cook, I came to the conclusion that there are some things the government should not be trying to do even if the reasons for doing …

July 9, 2012

Development
sridharan_emerging_voices Emerging Voices: Vishnu Sridharan on Cash Transfers and Financial Inclusion

This article is from Vishnu Sridharan, program associate with the Global Assets Project of the New America Foundation. Sridharan analyzes efforts undertaken so far to link cash transfers for low-inco…

April 20, 2013

United States
The-Power-Surge.jpg The Power Surge

Teaching Notes on The Power Surge by CFR Senior Fellow Michael A. Levi.