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March 6, 2012

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
From the Archives: Ashton Carter on Defense Strategy for the 21st Century

In a March 2012 meeting, President Obama’s nominee for defense secretary explains how the United States is transforming its military and defense strategy in the face of funding cutbacks.

April 21, 2011

Elections and Voting
CFR’s Campbell: Nigeria Elections May Challenge Country’s Stability

Nigeria’s upcoming presidential elections will upset the country’s power sharing system. CFR’s Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies cautions that campaign appeals to ethnicity and religion coupled…

April 21, 2011

Civil Society
CFR’s Campbell: Nigerian Civil Society Plays Crucial "Name and Shame" Role

CFR’s Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies highlights examples of Nigerian civil society organizations. These organizations, Campbell says, have a significant "name and shame" role to play in impe…

December 19, 2012

Conflict Prevention
Conflict Prevention Priorities: Three Things to Know

CFR’s Paul Stares highlights three of the top conflict prevention priorities for 2013.

February 15, 2013

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
North Korea’s Nuclear Test: Three Things to Know

North Korea’s third successful nuclear test has been widely condemned by the international community. CFR’s Paul Stares highlights three things to know about the test and its implications for nuclear…

July 25, 2013

Israel
Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations: Three Things to Know

Peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians have relaunched, ensuring major new challenges for both parties and the United States, says CFR’s Robert Danin.

April 17, 2012

Cuba
Lessons Learned: Bay of Pigs Invasion

CFR’s James M. Lindsay remembers the Bay of Pigs invasion, which began on April 17, 1961, and discusses the importance of preparing for failure and planning accordingly.

September 6, 2013

Global
Syria & U.S.-Russian Relations: Three Things to Know

U.S.-Russian disagreement over how to respond to the conflict in Syria is spurring further deterioration in the relationship between Moscow and Washington, says CFR’s Stephen Sestanovich.

May 10, 2013

Syria
Intervention in Syria: Three Things to Know

Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States will hold the Syrian government accountable for the use of chemical weapons on civilians. CFR’s Matthew C. Waxman highlights three sets of conside…

April 21, 2011

Nigeria
CFR’s Campbell: Sounding the Alarm on Boko Haram

CFR’s John Campbell says deteriorating economic and social conditions in Northern Nigeria are behind the recurring upsurge in Boko Haram’s activity. Campbell cautions that the circumstances enabling …