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May 13, 2011

U.S. Mideast Envoy George Mitchell in Cairo December 15, 2010. 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…

September 18, 2017

United States
Air Force Birthday 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 …

June 21, 2017

Intelligence
FBI agents respond to a crime scene. The FBI’s Role in National Security

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has been reoriented toward counterterrorism in recent years, but continues to face charges of overreach.

April 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…

December 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.

June 2, 2010

Iran
A Nuclear-Armed Iran

Overview How would an Iranian acquisition of a nuclear weapons capability affect U.S. policy in the Middle East? In this discussion paper, sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Mitche…

September 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…

July 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…

October 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…