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December 28, 2020

2020 in Review
Ten Foreign Policy Notables Who Died in 2020

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 2020 who through…

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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.

April 3, 2017

Hacking Defense and Diplomacy in Silicon Valley

Scott Hartley is a venture capitalist and term member at the Council on Foreign Relations. His new book, The Fuzzy and the Techie (Houghton Mifflin), comes out in April. You can follow him @scottehar…

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May 8, 2017

Education
Policy Initiative Spotlight: Adaptive Education

If many technology startups and established education firms have their way, the future of education will more closely resemble a one-on-one private tutor than a traditional schoolhouse classroom with…

A first grade student listens during a computer lesson in school (Courtesy Reuters).

October 26, 2015

Red Team Reading List

In the course of researching and writing my book, Red Team: How to Succeed by Thinking Like the Enemy, over five years, I read (or skimmed) everything I could find about the subject—within the limits…

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February 20, 2015

Intelligence
You Might Have Missed: Drone Exports, Somalia, and JFK’s “Ordinary Mortals”

Department of Defense Press Briefing by Rear Adm. Kirby in the Pentagon Briefing Room, U.S. Department of Defense, February 18, 2015. Rear Adm. Kirby: These are actually proscriptions in place that …

December 5, 2014

You Might Have Missed: Drones, Blowback, and Intelligence Briefings

Department of Defense Press Briefing by Rear Adm. Kirby in the Pentagon Briefing Room, U.S. Department of Defense, December 2, 2014. Q: Will the 9,800 remaining troops have a combat role or not? RE…

December 5, 2012

United States
A Primer on Drones

Whenever I speak about the emergence of drone warfare and how it has been used for U.S. targeted killings, people react with a mix of unease, fascination, and curiosity. They also often ask for sugge…

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March 1, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
South African Preoccupation with Nelson Mandela’s Health

This week, former president Nelson Mandela was briefly hospitalized for "a minor diagnostic procedure" and then released with a clean bill of health. He is staying at his house in Houghton, a suburb …

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