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July 10, 2020

Wars and Conflict
Five POW Movies Worth Watching

Each Friday this summer, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: films about prisoners of war.

Movie posters clockwise from the top left: Unbroken/Amazon; The Bridge on the River Kwai/Golden Globes; The Deer Hunter/IMDB; The Great Escape/ABC; Stalag 17/History Net; Rescue Dawn/IMP Awards.

June 26, 2020

United States
Five Foreign-Policy Movies with Women in the Lead

Each Friday this summer, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: films that feature women at the helm. 

Movies clockwise from the top left: Carve Her Name with Pride/IMDB; Eye in the Sky/Bleecker Street; Paradise Road/SBS; Atomic Blonde/Script; Zero Dark Thirty/Empire; A Private War/IMDB.

June 24, 2020

U.S. Congress
FISA’s Current Controversies and Room for Improvement (Part Two)

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) has become almost impossibly political. In part two of our two-part series on FISA, former General Counsel of the National Security Agency Glenn Gerst…

U.S. Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz arrives to testify before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing "Examining the Inspector General's report on alleged abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)."

June 23, 2020

Technology and Innovation
The “Defund the Police” Movement and the Future of Digital Policing

The demand for radical change in law enforcement raises questions about what a transformation of police authority, power, and accountability would mean for the use of digital technologies in policing…

A New York Police Department officer watches video feeds in the Lower Manhattan Security Initiative facility in New York September 1, 2011.

June 23, 2020

Corruption
Why Governance Matters in the Time of COVID-19

Transparency, accountability, and trust matter now more than ever.

Demonstrators take part in a protest against Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro as they maintain social distance in front of the National Congress, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Brasilia, Brazil.

June 18, 2020

Zimbabwe
The Authoritarian Politics of COVID-19 in Zimbabwe

In the United States and around the world, societies are struggling to balance the sometimes draconian social controls needed to combat a highly contagious infectious disease with limits on government powers and protection for civil liberties. 

Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa arrives for the presentation of the 2020 National Budget at Parliament Building in Harare, Zimbabwe, November 14, 2019

June 14, 2020

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

The United States Army celebrates its 245th 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 provid…

Army birthday

June 12, 2020

United States
The World Next Week: What to Read, Watch, and Listen to This Summer

Each year CFR.org editor Bob McMahon and I record a special episode of The World Next Week on our summer reading recommendations. Being sticklers for tradition, we did so again this year. We thought,…

Picture of the book "A Burning," with red and yellow flames and a train, a screenshot of an episode of the podcast "More Perfect," and the preview of the documentary The Civil War with a picture of a cannon in front of a sunset.

June 11, 2020

Burundi
Pierre Nkurunziza's Death and the Future of Burundi

The startling death of Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza earlier this week raises new questions about the future direction of his country. Nkurunziza’s legacy is not a happy one. After taking …

Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza signs the new constitution at the presidential palace in Gitega Province, Burundi June 7, 2018

June 8, 2020

China
Traditional Chinese Medicine: A Cure for China’s Soft Power Woes?

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chinese government has ramped up investment in promoting traditional Chinese medicine abroad while cracking down on critics at home. 

A medical worker in protective suit prepares traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for patients of the novel coronavirus with an intelligent dispensing equipment at a pharmacy in Wuhan, China on March 2, 2020.