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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 …

Air Force Birthday

May 1, 2017

Russia
Russia and the West

Two weeks ago, the Council on Foreign Relations hosted its annual Hauser Symposium. The topic was timely: Russia and the West. The symposium kicked off with a fascinating discussion on the state o…

National flags of Russia and U.S. fly at Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow

December 29, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
After Shift from East to West, Maritime Piracy Remains Threat to U.S. Seafarers and Interests

This is a guest post by Michael Clyne. Michael is an assistant director at Drum Cussac, a global risk management consultancy. When President Obama took office nearly eight years ago, his first natio…

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September 15, 2016

Americas
Managing the Unpredictable Risks in Supply Chains

Global trade and the supply chains that support it are undergoing a period of profound change. Supply chains face threats including a resurgence of protectionism, climate change, decaying infrastruct…

Firefighters extinguish a fire at a food and cigarette packaging factory outside of Dhaka, Bangladesh, September 10, 2016 (Reuters/Mohammad Ponir Hossain).

May 23, 2016

United States
Will Killing Mullah Mansour Work?

On Saturday, the Pentagon released a remarkable statement: “Today, the Department of Defense conducted an airstrike that targeted Taliban leader Mullah Mansur.” Soon after, a tweet from the Office of…

Mullah Mansur

February 29, 2016

United States
Sen. Ted Cruz and the Myth of Carpet Bombing

On December 5, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) while speaking at the FreedomWorks “Rising Tide” Summit in Des Moines, Iowa, made the alarming pledge, “If I am elected president, we will utterly destroy ISIS…We …

Cruz Feb 2016

December 16, 2015

United States
After the Fed

The Federal Reserve today delivered exactly what was expected: a liftoff in interest rates from the zero lower bound, coupled with strong assurances that the future rise in interest rates will be mod…

October 27, 2015

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
A U.S. Budget Deal that Matters

This is what governing looks like. When outgoing speaker John Boehner promised to “clean the barn up a little bit” before leaving, there was understandable skepticism that a large number of must-pas…

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March 3, 2015

Intelligence
Raising the Cost to Chinese Hackers

The Director of National Intelligence released his annual threat assessment last week, and cyberattacks top the list. There were at least three headlines in Clapper’s written and oral statements. Fir…

Unit 61398 Cyber Net Politics CFR China

November 6, 2014

United States
Ten Cold War Films Worth Watching

The Cold War has provided the grist for rich histories, enlightening memoirs, and terrific novels. It has also provided source material for some great movies. Here in alphabetical order are my ten fa…

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