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September 25, 2020

France
Art Protests Shine Spotlight on Post-Colonial Restitution Question

Mwazulu Diyabanza, a Congolese-origin activist in France, first attracted social media attention by seeming to steal an artifact from the Quai Branly Museum in Paris to protest slavery, colonialism and the alleged theft of Africa's cultural patrimony.

The outside of the Musee du Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac in Paris. The photograph shows a black wall with white writing, spelling out the name of the institution.

September 18, 2020

United States
The United States Air Force Celebrates Its 73rd Birthday Today

The United States Air Force (USAF) turns 73 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

August 25, 2020

Iran
Lessons From History Series: Screening and Discussion of “Desert One”

Panelists discuss the Iranian hostage crisis and the implications of the failed rescue attempt for U.S.-Iran relations for the next forty years. From two-time Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Barbara…

Play Blindfolded U.S. hostages and their Iranian captors outside the U.S. embassy in Tehran, Iran, 1979.

August 25, 2020

Transnational Crime
Treasures Looted in War

Works of art and cultural heritage sites are common casualties in war. In many cases, the sale of plundered treasures has helped finance ongoing conflict. In this episode, two experts examine the his…

Podcast The face of a broken sculpture on the ground

August 12, 2020

Hong Kong
Virtual Meeting: Hong Kong Update—Autonomy and National Security

Panelists discuss China’s national security law and Hong Kong’s autonomy, the delayed legislative elections, and the state of the pro-democracy movement.

Play Anti-government protesters at a demonstration, protect themselves with umbrellas among tear gas near Central Government Complex in Hong Kong

August 4, 2020

Economics
Virtual Meeting: CFR Master Class Series With Sebastian Mallaby

Sebastian Mallaby discusses the importance of venture capital. Venture capital has been shown to speed the commercialization of science, creating wealth, jobs, and new products for consumers. How imp…

Play Men wearing protective face masks, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, walk past a stock quotation board outside a brokerage in Tokyo, Japan,

July 30, 2020

United States
How Police Compare in Different Democracies

Recent killings by U.S. officers have sparked widespread calls for police reform and an end to systemic racism. Here’s how U.S. policing compares with other countries’ approaches.

A photo from behind of rows of police officers wearing navy blue uniforms and hats in a moodily lit arena.

July 15, 2020

Inequality
The U.S. Inequality Debate

Public policy experts call income and wealth inequality one of the defining challenges of our time. Recent crises have accelerated these divisions, and the coronavirus pandemic looks set to deepen th…

Striking McDonalds workers demanding a $15 minimum wage demonstrate in Las Vegas, Nevada.

June 19, 2020

United States
Five Foreign-Policy Satires Worth Watching

Each Friday this summer, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: classic satires.

The movie posters from The Great Dictator (yellow with Charlie Chaplin over a globe), Dr. Strangelove (black and white actor smoking a cigarette), In the Loop (two silhouettes, one with U.S. flag the other with the UK flag), MASH (a hand with the peace sign and an army helmet on the finger), Catch-22 (a man walks away from a plane wreckage in the desert), and Wag the Dog (a tape recorder with the presidential seal) arranged in one picture.