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May 13, 2011

The Resignation of George Mitchell

U.S. Mideast Envoy George Mitchell in Cairo December 15, 2010. (Amr Dalsh/Courtesy Reuters) George Mitchell resigned today as the president’s special envoy for the Middle East. Mitchell was appointe…

Apr 2, 2017

Israel
The Trump Administration Settles In on Settlements

Israeli settlement activity has been in the news this past week because the Trump administration is steadily defining its policy. What has emerged is a good policy: sensible, flexible, and realist…

Sep 16, 2016

North Korea
U.S. Should Sharpen Strategy and Enlist China to Counter Threat from North Korea, Says CFR Task Force

A new Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Independent Task Force report, A Sharper Choice on North Korea: Engaging China for a Stable Northeast Asia, finds that the United States’ policy of “strategic…

Jul 11, 2016

Iran
Iran Is Cheating on the Nuclear Deal

The greatest imminent danger in last year’s nuclear deal, the JCPOA, was always that Iran would cheat--taking all the advantages of the deal, but then seeking to move forward more quickly toward a nu…

Aug 24, 2015

Infrastructure
The so called "Great Wall of Louisiana", a 1.8-mile long concrete wall located east of downtown New Orleans, United States, is seen from the air August 19, 2015. This barrier was designed to reduce the risk of storm surge in many parts of the city that were flooded during Hurricane Katrina due to levee or floodwall failures (Carlos Barria/Reuters). Katrina at 10: Reflections on a Human-Made Disaster

The following is a guest post by Stephen E. Flynn, Professor of Political Science, Director of the Center for Resilience Studies, and Co-Director of the George J. Kostas Research Institute at Northea…

Oct 11, 2016

Technology and Innovation
Simulation of charging the Chevrolet Volt’s lithium-ion battery, developed jointly with Argonne National Laboratory (General Motors) Four Things I Learned from Visiting Argonne National Laboratory

For seventy years, Argonne has hosted cutting-edge scientific research. The first national laboratory in the United States, Argonne was created in 1946 as an extension of the Manhattan Project to dev…

Feb 3, 2015

Education
Students applaud as U.S. President Barack Obama arrives to deliver the commencement address at the Worcester Technical High School graduation ceremony in Worcester, Massachusetts June 11, 2014 (Kevin Lamarque/Courtesy Reuters). How to Get More Kids Into and Through College

This is a guest post by Amir Farokhi, CFR Term Member and COO, College Advising Corps. Imagine a leaking pipe is flooding your house. What would you do? You would patch it immediately. Yet, when it …

Dec 20, 2011

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Troubling Trends: Homegrown Radicals and al-Qaeda

A top New York City police official and author of a new book on al-Qaeda, Mitchell Silber, discusses with CFR’s Ed Husain the persistent threat of a homegrown U.S. radical mounting a terrorist attack.

Sep 2016

North Korea
A Sharper Choice on North Korea

A new Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Independent Task Force report, A Sharper Choice on North Korea: Engaging China for a Stable Northeast Asia, finds that the United States’ policy of “strategic…

Oct 16, 2013

Education
Thomas Michel, a professor at Harvard Medical School, waits for the start of the 360th Commencement Exercises at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts May 26, 2011. (Brian Snyder/Courtesy Reuters) What Does Adult Mediocrity Mean for U.S. Competitiveness? It's Complicated

It is old news that average American student performance is mediocre on international tests. With the recent release of the OECD’s first survey of adult skills, we now know that American adults conti…