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December 7, 2015

CFR Cyber Net Politics Red Team Book Review: Red Team by Micah Zenko

As the details of the hacking of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) became public in 2014 and 2015, the refrain from the press, Congress, and the general public was: how could this happen?…

January 8, 2013

Yemen
President Obama Should Limit Drone Killings, Argues Micah Zenko in New Report

U.S. drone strike policies undermine the nation’s foreign policy objectives and have resulted in the loss of hundreds of innocent civilian lives, according to a report by CFR Douglas Dillon Fellow Mi…

September 15, 2010

Military Operations
Discrete U.S. Military Operations Have Been Ineffective, Argues CFR’s Micah Zenko in New Book

Limited military force—using enough force to resolve a problem while minimizing U.S. military deaths, local civilian casualties, and collateral damage—has increased since the end of the Cold War desp…

August 31, 2017

U.S. Foreign Policy
Bookshelf and model drone in Micah Zenko's office at the Council on Foreign Relations. Signing Off

Today is my last day at the Council on Foreign Relations after eight and one-half fun and fulfilling years. An archive of everything I authored or co-authored remains here. Subsequently, this is the …

June 19, 2017

Defense and Security
Iraq Mosul airstrikes civilians Why Are Civilian Deaths in Iraq and Syria from U.S. Airstrikes Up 60% Under Trump?

Today, I have an op-ed in the New York Times, which they titled: “Why Is the U.S. Killing So Many Civilians in Syria and Iraq?” The piece documents the sudden increase in civilian deaths from the U.S…

March 27, 2017

United States
Yemen Obama’s Worst Foreign Policy Decision, Two Years Later

You probably missed it, but Saturday was the second anniversary of President Barack Obama’s worst and most indefensible foreign policy decision. Late on the evening of March 25, 2015, the White House…

March 2, 2017

Heads of State and Government
RTX2ZZOE The (Not-So) Peaceful Transition of Power: Trump’s Drone Strikes Outpace Obama

[Note: This post was updated to reflect additional strikes in Yemen on March 2, March 3, and March 6.] As a candidate, President Donald Trump was deeply misleading about the sorts of military oper…

August 17, 2017

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
A Bitcoin coin Bitcoin for Bombs

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are gaining traction as a source of funding for terrorist groups, such as the self-proclaimed Islamic State. Counterterrorism policies should respond accordingly.

February 9, 2017

Afghanistan
Afghanistan Being Honest About U.S. Military Strategy in Afghanistan

Today, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, General John “Mic” Nicholson, testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC). Though it remains the longest war in American history, t…

August 9, 2017

Foreign Aid
Shadow on USAID boxes Why Cutting Foreign Aid Benefits Terrorists

President Trump's proposal to cut USAID funding will not help the United States fight terrorism.