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March 13, 2018

U.S. State Department
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson boards his plane to depart at the end of a five-country swing through Africa from Abuja, Nigeria, March 12, 2018. Tillerson, Pompeo, and the State of State

Mike Pompeo inherits a marginalized State Department, undermined by several grievous mistakes from Rex Tillerson. 

April 13, 2018

Iran
A photo distributed by the Houthi Military Media Unit shows the launch by Houthi forces of a ballistic missile aimed at Saudi Arabia March 25, 2018. Pompeo, the Iran Deal, and the Asymmetric Proxy War

U.S. Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo said yesterday at his Senate confirmation hearings that he would actively try to “fix” the Iran deal, working with U.S. allies to “achieve a better outcome…

March 13, 2018

Donald Trump
Podcast 20180313_TPI_Tillerson Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is Fired

CFR's Stephen Sestanovich and Paul Stares join James M. Lindsay to discuss Rex Tillerson's firing and other planned personnel changes within the Trump administration.

October 9, 2007

United States
A Conversation with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice

Please join Secretary Rice for remarks on the administration's policy in the Americas, with an emphasis on trade.  The Secretary’s remarks will be followed by a question-and-answer session.**PLEASE N…

April 11, 2018

Americas
A woman holds a Venezuelan national flag reading 'OAS don't leave us alone in the fight' during a march towards the OAS headquarters in Caracas in 2017 after the 47th OAS General Assembly The Organization of American States

The Organization of American States is an important forum for regional diplomacy, but it has been hesitant to censure member states for violating democratic principles.

January 26, 2018

Indonesia
Mattis-Indonesia-1.22.2018 Secretary of Defense Mattis’s Trip to Southeast Asia: A Few Thoughts

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis traveled to Southeast Asia this past week, and during his first stop in Indonesia signaled a desire to improve strategic aspects of the U.S.-Indonesia relationship inc…

May 25, 2018

Iran
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters after signing a proclamation declaring his intention to withdraw from the JCPOA Iran nuclear agreement in the Diplomatic Room at the White House in Washington, U.S. May 8, 2018. The Complicated Geopolitics of U.S. Oil Sanctions on Iran

U.S.-Iranian conflict resolution is in flux following withdrawal from the nuclear deal, and it remains unclear whether sanctions will be sufficient to force Iran back to the negotiating table. A deeper dive into the energy realpolitik of the matter reveals a host of barriers to improving the status quo in the Middle East.

May 29, 2018

North Korea
Chronology of Events Surrounding the Cancellation and Reconfirmation of the Trump-Kim Summit Chronology of Events Surrounding the Cancellation and Reconfirmation of the Trump-Kim Summit

Following a dizzying on-again, off-again week of no-shows, cancellation threats, high-level summitry, and dramatic announcements, a glide path is emerging in the direction of the Trump-Kim summit to …

June 20, 2018

U.S. Foreign Policy
U.S. President Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping Managing U.S.-China Relations in an Era of Peer Competition

As China continues to strengthen its military and technological capabilities, extend its economic reach, and assert territorial claims - particularly in the South China Sea - the United States should respond by working with allies and reinforcing regional stability.

June 21, 2018

Cybersecurity
War planning What War Games Tell Us About the Use of Cyber Weapons in a Crisis

Recent U.S. war games have shown that decision makers are surprisingly reluctant to use cyber weapons during a crisis scenario that escalates into armed conflict. Why?