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November 10, 2016

The United States Marine Corps Celebrates Its 241st Birthday Today

The Marine Corps turns 241 years-old today. On November 10, 1775, the Continental Congress adopted a resolution to create a Marine force composed of two battalions. Since then, the Marines have been …

U.S. Marines from Fox Company, 2nd Battalion 1st Marines, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit run for cover during a non-live fire MOUT training at US Marine Corps: Marines Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms

March 10, 2016

Middle East and North Africa
The President Gratuitously Damages American Alliances

American alliances are not in good shape these days, with many countries worrying that President Obama does not value the alliances, their own role in those alliances, or the commitments our alliance…

August 23, 2014

Middle East and North Africa
On Attacking the "Islamic State" in Syria

The threat to the United States and to American interests from the “Islamic State” is now obvious and has been acknowledged by President Obama and his entire administration. The Attorney General and …

March 3, 2014

United States
Obama the Realist?

In the current issue of Politico, Fred Kaplan argues that President Obama is the consummate realist in foreign policy.  Politico asked me to comment, and my response can be found here, entitled "Obam…

May 17, 2011

Pakistan
Should U.S. Continue Aid to Pakistan?

Osama bin Laden’s death has raised pointed questions over the legitimacy of Pakistan’s counterterrorism efforts and the viability of its relationship with the United States. Four experts discuss whet…

June 19, 2013

Middle East and North Africa
Syria and the 700 Sorties

Yesterday the columnist Jeffrey Goldberg reported that Secretary of State Kerry argued, inside the Obama administration, for air strikes on Syrian regime air bases, especially those from which chemic…

November 30, 2017

Monetary Policy
A Conversation with David Malpass

Last month, policymakers at the Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group expressed cautious optimism about the state of the international economy and predicted cont…

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November 3, 2017

Technology and Innovation
The Future of Artificial Intelligence and its Impact on Society

THOMPSON: All right. Hello, everybody. Welcome to the closing session of the Council on Foreign Relations 22nd Annual Term Member Conference with Ray Kurzweil. I’m Nicholas Thompson. I will be pre…

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September 9, 2011

United States
Gates and Netanyahu

While I’ve been out of the country a small tempest has, I see, developed about former Secretary of Defense Gates’s views of Prime Minister Netanyahu. Jeffrey Goldberg reported this: Senior adminis…