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May 2, 2022

Japan
After Seventy-Five Years, Will Japan Strengthen Its Military?

Since it went into effect seventy-five years ago, Japan’s constitution has prevented the country from engaging in combat. But China’s growing military power and North Korea’s increasing threats raise…

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April 23, 2019

Japan
Why Japan Is Reassessing Its Military Power

Following World War II, Japan’s U.S.–imposed constitution renounced the use of offensive military force. But a nuclear North Korea and an increasingly assertive China have the Japanese rethinking tha…

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September 8, 2011

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
9/11 Perspectives: The Balance of Power in American Politics

This video is part of a special Council on Foreign Relations series that explores how 9/11 changed international relations and U.S. foreign policy. In this video, James M. Lindsay, Senior Vice Pre…

July 11, 2013

Egypt
Global Reaction to Egypt’s Turmoil: Three Things to Know

The Egyptian military’s seizure of power has prompted support from some wealthy Gulf states, criticism from Turkey, and caution from the United States, notes CFR’s Steven Cook.

April 23, 2021

Ethiopia
What to Know About the Conflict in Ethiopia

Three years ago, Abiy Ahmed came to power with promises of peace. Now, jarring reports of killings and sexual violence have come out of Tigray, Ethiopia’s northernmost region. Here’s what to know abo…

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March 6, 2012

Japan
Lessons Learned: The Firebombing of Tokyo

CFR’s James M. Lindsay remembers the firebombing of Tokyo during World War II and discusses the destructive power of conventional weapons.

January 24, 2012

North Korea
Lessons Learned: The Seizure of the USS Pueblo

CFR’s James M. Lindsay remembers the seizure of the USS Pueblo in 1968 and discusses the idea that raw power does not always ensure success in foreign policy.

March 2, 2018

Renewable Energy
Why Solar Energy Needs Innovation to Reach Its Potential

Solar energy, the world’s cheapest and fastest-growing power source, could one day supply most of the world’s energy needs. But in a new book, “Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and…

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October 4, 2012

Syria
Turkey-Syria Border Tension: Three Things to Know

Following Turkey’s decision to authorize military action against Syria, CFR’s Steven Cook highlights three reasons why tensions are unlikely to escalate to war.

April 10, 2012

United States
Lessons Learned: General MacArthur’s Dismissal

CFR’s James M. Lindsay remembers President Harry Truman’s announcement on April 11, 1951, that he had dismissed General Douglas MacArthur as commanding general of U.S. forces in Korea, and discusses …