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November 21, 2017

Women and Women's Rights
woman in congo It’s Time to End Gender-Based Violence in Conflict

Voices from the Field features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is authored by Ambassador Cath…

March 29, 2017

United States
Hard Power’s Essential Soft Side

President Trump’s proposal to build up the military while slashing funds for diplomacy and foreign assistance misses how “soft power” can advance the national interest, says Joseph S. Nye, who coined…

March 27, 2017

SEAL Plane Jump Hacking Defense and Diplomacy in Silicon Valley

Scott Hartley is a venture capitalist and term member at the Council on Foreign Relations. His new book, The Fuzzy and the Techie (Houghton Mifflin), comes out in April. You can follow him @scottehar…

March 16, 2017

International Organizations
RTX31AR1_B Trump’s Misguided National Security Budget: Every Problem is Not a Nail

President Trump’s unapologetic “hard power” budget reveals an alarming ignorance about the threats to U.S. national security and the instruments needed to advance U.S. global interests. The document …

February 23, 2017

Afghanistan
Better a Stalemate Than Defeat in Afghanistan

Without a major surge in force levels, the best outcome that the United States can hope for in Afghanistan is that the Taliban will tire of fighting and pursue peace, writes CFR’s Max Boot.

April 10, 2018

Robots and Artificial Intelligence
Play The Work Ahead: Machines, Skills, and U.S. Leadership in the Twenty-First Century The Work Ahead: Machines, Skills, and U.S. Leadership in the Twenty-First Century

The world is in the midst of a transformation in the nature of work, as smart machines, artificial intelligence, new technologies, and global competition remake how people do their jobs and pursue th…

March 12, 2018

Afghanistan
Play U.S. troops in Afghanistan U.S. Strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Panelists discuss current U.S. policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan and explore other possible military and diplomatic options to address the ongoing conflict.

February 12, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
Podcast Women carry baskets with food items at a market in Blantyre, Malawi Women’s Economic Opportunity Starts in the Family

Today nearly 90 percent of nations still have laws on the books that block women’s work, including discriminatory laws and customs surrounding family life that perpetuate unequal access to assets and…

September 2, 2015

Putin in Syria

Most Americans are aware of the aggressive Russian actions in recent years in Ukraine (seizing Crimea and participating in efforts to destabilize the rest of the country) and Eastern Europe. What is …

December 12, 2017

Yemen
Play Yemen: A Country in Crisis Yemen: A Country in Crisis

The What to Do About... series highlights a specific issue and features experts who will put forward competing analyses and policy prescriptions in a mock high-level U.S. government meeting.