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January 8, 2004

Colombia
Andes 2020

Overview The United States spends approximately $700 million per year in the Andean region, but this Commission report concludes that current U.S. policy--focused narrowly on “drugs and thugs” in …

February 9, 2018

Vietnam War
Tet Offensive Lessons From the Tet Offensive

Last month marked the fiftieth anniversary of the start of the Tet Offensive. Yesterday I had the good fortune to discuss the lessons of Tet with three experts on the Vietnam War, Frances FitzGerald,…

February 7, 2018

Nuclear Weapons
Ian Dudley/Reuters U.S. Nuclear Weapons Modernization

U.S. strategic and tactical nuclear weapons on land, in the air, and at sea, will undergo costly and extensive modernization in the coming years.

May 20, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
Increase U.S. Presence in African Peace Operations, Argues Author of New CFR Report

With nearly 110,000 uniformed deployed “blue helmets” worldwide, the number of UN peacekeepers at a record high and most are in Africa. Paul D. Williams argues that increased U.S. involvement and lea…

May 14, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
Enhancing U.S. Support for Peace Operations in Africa

Overview The number of UN peacekeepers is at a record high, with nearly 110,000 uniformed deployed "blue helmets" worldwide, most of them in Africa. But the status quo is "untenable," warns Paul D…

January 26, 2018

United States
Trump State of the Union Ten Facts About the State of the Union Address

President Donald Trump is set to deliver his first official State of the Union address Tuesday night at 9 p.m. The White House has not revealed the details of the speech yet, but it will likely hit m…

January 25, 2018

Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe-Health-Mugabe-Mnangagwa-HIV-AIDS An Opportunity to Improve Health in Post-Mugabe Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is facing considerable challenges, but if Mnangagwa takes reengagement seriously and if global partners continue to engage with the health sector, the country will have the tools to make remarkable progress. 

October 4, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
The African Union's Conflict Management Capabilities

Overview In this Working Paper, Paul D. Williams clarifies how Africa's strategic importance to the United States has increased substantially over the past decade. In particular, the continent is …

December 27, 2017

United States
American obituaries Ten American Foreign Policy Influentials Who Died in 2017

Year’s end is a time for taking stock, counting successes, and assessing failures. It is also time for remembering those who are no longer with us. Here are ten Americans who died in 2017 who through…

December 28, 2017

Nigeria
President Muhammadu Buhari supporters at a solidarity rally in Abuja, Nigeria August 11, 2017. Nigeria Is Not Corrupt, Nigerians Are Corrupt

Changes to law and institutions will come later, but it starts with people. Unless Nigerians choose to stop participating in and enabling corruption, the country will not move forward.