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October 13, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
Iran-Backed Militias in Iraq Poised to Expand Influence

Any sharp drawdown of U.S. forces in Iraq grants Iran a golden opportunity to expand its influence there and threatens to inflame sectarian tensions.

August 11, 2020

Iraq
Iraq’s New Government: What to Know

Iraq’s new prime minister has formed a government in the hope of uniting the country’s factions, but challenges in combating corruption, powerful militias, and foreign influence loom.

October 16, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: What to Do About Afghanistan?

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential contenders are saying about foreign policy. This week: how Donald Trump and Joe Biden say the United States should deal with Afghanistan

Soldiers

October 7, 2020

U.S. Foreign Policy
Losing the Long Game

An insider’s perspective on why U.S. policymakers repeatedly underestimate the costs and consequences of intervention to both the United States and the people of the Middle East.

Losing the Long Game by Phil Gordon

October 6, 2020

News Release
Regime Change in the Middle East Is a False Promise, Writes Philip Gordon in New CFR Book

“The iron rule of regime change in the Middle East seems to be that its costs will be higher than expected, unintended consequences will emerge, and results will leave much to be desired.” So warns P…

September 18, 2020

United States
The United States Air Force Celebrates Its 73rd Birthday Today

The United States Air Force (USAF) turns 73 years-old today. On September 18, 1947, Chief Justice Fred Vinson swore in Stuart Symington as the first secretary of the air force, officially founding a …

Air Force

September 16, 2020

United Nations
The UN Security Council

The UN Security Council is the premier global body for maintaining international peace and security, but it faces steady calls for reform to better meet twenty-first-century challenges.

Members of the Security Council sit during a meeting at the UN headquarters in New York.

September 10, 2020

United Nations
The UN’s Unhappy Birthday

The United Nations is turning 75 but there is little to celebrate as the organization has fallen well short of its goals.

United Nations General Assembly Hall

September 9, 2020

United States
The National Debt Dilemma

With the U.S. national debt already exceeding $16 trillion, President Trump’s tax reform and budget deals with Congress have added to the country’s deficits. CFR explores the origins of the national debt, the risks it presents, and the outlook for change.

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September 8, 2020

News Release
CFR Welcomes Visiting Fellows

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) welcomes the 2020–21 visiting fellows to the David Rockefeller Studies Program. Selected fellows have the opportunity to broaden their perspective of foreign af…