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March 15, 2018

Russia
UK Skripal Poisoning Crime Scene Are Cold War Spy-Craft Norms Fading?

The poisoning of former double agent Sergei V. Skripal in the UK indicates that Russia may have abandoned some unspoken rules of espionage. CIA veteran Jack Devine examines the history and current state of spy-craft.

April 10, 2018

Labor and Employment
The Work Ahead: Machines, Skills, and U.S. Leadership in the Twenty-First Century U.S. Must Better Prepare Its Workforce for the Promise and Perils of Technology, Asserts CFR Task Force

April 10, 2018—“The world is in the midst of a profound transformation in the nature of work, as smart machines and other new technologies remake how people do their jobs and pursue their careers,” s…

September 29, 2017

Military Operations
Play Jack Reed A Conversation with Senator Jack Reed

Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) discusses the president's approach to dealing with North Korea and Russia; Iran's compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA); and the U.S. military's stat…

January 9, 2018

Somaliland
Somaliland-President-Musa-Bihi-Abdi-Elections-Democracy Somaliland Peacefully Elects and Swears In Another President

Recognition is on top of the agenda for the de facto independent state of Somaliland's new president, Muse Bihi Abdi. He is the third peacefully elected president since 2003.

January 2, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-Independence-Day-Lagos Lord Lugard Created Nigeria 104 Years Ago

Lord Frederick Lugard, in a bid to simplify his colonial duties and subsidize his northern territory with his south territory, signed a piece of paper on January 1, 1914 and created the political space that is Nigeria.

November 20, 2017

China
China, Credit, and the Current Account China, Credit, and the Current Account

Arguing China’s credit growth is too high in effect is arguing that the post-crisis fall in China’s external surplus isn’t sustainable.

November 2, 2017

United States
Trump and Asia: Resources from CFR and Foreign Affairs

On Friday, President Donald J. Trump will start a two week trip that includes visits to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines. Recent resources from the Council on Foreign Relations…

June 15, 2017

Religion
Counter-protesters at anti-Sharia rally The Rise of Ethnonationalism and the Future of Liberal Democracy

I recently moderated a panel for the 2017 CFR Religion and Foreign Policy Workshop. The panel featured Jocelyne Cesari, Jack A. Goldstone, and Pankaj Mishra, and together we discussed the rise of eth…

June 6, 2017

China
ZTE Huawei Logos Beijing's Silk Road Goes Digital

Rachel Brown is a research associate in Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. The pageantry at last month’s Belt and Road Forum in Beijing highlighted the two major prongs of China’s B…

May 11, 2018

Economics
Play A woman welds a table at Xuan Hoa furniture factory in Xuan Hoa town World Economic Update

The World Economic Update highlights the quarter’s most important and emerging trends.