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December 29, 2020

2020 in Review
Ten World Figures Who Died in 2020

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2020 who shaped U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten world figu…

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen attends a memorial service for late Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui at a chapel of Aletheia University in New Taipei City, Taiwan September 19, 2020.

August 21, 2020

Wars and Conflict
Five Movies About Foreign Intrigue Worth Watching

Each Friday this summer, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: tales of espionage and conspiracy.

Movie posters clockwise from the top left: Bridge of Spies/Amazon; Notorious/ReelGood; The Third Man/FilmSite; Argo/Awards Circuit; The Spy Who Came in from the Cold/YouTube; Three Days of the Condor/FanArt.

December 30, 2019

Global
Ten American Foreign Policy Notables Who Died in 2019

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 2019 who through…

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August 20, 2019

United States
Back-to-School Reading Special

Every year CFR.org editor Bob McMahon and I record a summer reading episode of CFR’s “The World Next Week” podcast. We usually do it in June as we entertain visions of leisurely summer days yet to co…

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March 27, 2018

Sub-Saharan Africa
Africa's Free Trade Deal Signed in Kigali

In Kigali on March 21, more than forty African nations signed a deal to create the African Continental Free Trade Area.

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December 1, 2017

Political History and Theory
Ten Historical Anniversaries of Note in 2018

Anniversaries mark the passage of time, recall our triumphs, and honor our losses. Two thousand seventeen witnessed many significant historical anniversaries: the centennial of the U.S. entry into Wo…

British soldiers marking the anniversary of the armistice that ended WW1.

September 18, 2017

United States
The United States Air Force Celebrates Its 70th Birthday Today

The United States Air Force (USAF) turns 70 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 …

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December 9, 2016

Human Rights
Fighting Corruption by Combating Sexual Extortion

This blog was coauthored with Lauren Hoffman, a former intern with the Women and Foreign Policy program. Today, December 9, is International Anti-Corruption Day, organized by the United Nations De…

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October 24, 2016

Cybersecurity
When Naming Cyber Threat Actors Does More Harm Than Good

Max Smeets is a D.Phil candidate and cyber research affiliate at the University of Oxford. His work analyzes the proliferation of cyber weapons. Cybersecurity firms, despite their increasing promine…

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May 30, 2016

United States
TWE Remembers: Memorial Day

The United States has fought twelve major wars and a countless number of smaller skirmishes in its history. Memorial Day is our way of honoring the soldiers, sailors, airmen, airwomen, and marines wh…

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