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February 16, 2021

Defense and Security
CFR Fellows' Book Launch Series Guest Event With Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon discusses her new book, The Daughters of Kobani: A Story of Rebellion, Courage, and Justice. In an unlikely showdown in northeastern Syria in 2014, an all-female militia faced of…

Play Sawoushka Ahmed, a Kurdish female fighter stands with a gun in the majority-Kurdish Sheikh Maqsud district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on April 14, 2013. In northern Syria, the Kurdish population has largely observed a careful compromise with regime and rebel forces, fighting alongside neither, in return for security and semi-autonomy over majority Kurdish areas, but there have been reports in recent weeks of Kurdish fighters joining the battle with Syrian rebels in certain areas.

February 17, 2021

News Release
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon Recounts the Untold Story of the Women Who Fought to Defeat ISIS, in New Book

In 2014, a remarkable all-women militia faced off against the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Kobani, a small town in northeastern Syria, which became a turning point in the fight against ISIS. In h…

January 25, 2021

What to Worry About in 2021

Panelists discuss potential and ongoing crises that may erupt or escalate in 2021, as well as their global political implications. This event explored the results of CFR's 2021 Preventive Priorities …

Play Rows of military equipments at a military parade to celebrate the 8th Congress of the Workers' Party in North Korea

January 5, 2021

China
"Road Kill in a Game of Chicken": China, Canada, and the United States

It has been over two years since Chinese officials detained Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor. How the next U.S. administration handles this issue could foreshadow the future of U.S.-Canada…

People hold signs calling for China to release Canadian detainees Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, in Vancouver, Canada on March 6, 2019.

December 23, 2020

Nigeria
Darkness in Northern Nigeria

There are signs that as the Nigerian army and the police continue to fail to meet the security needs of the people, they will turn toward repression. In November, Chief of Army Staff Tukur Buratai called on all troops to put themselves in a "war mode."

Two Nigerian men, one wearing Islamic dress, put up a sign that readds "#BringBackOurBoys Empowered by Coalition of Northern Groups."

December 2, 2020

Southeast Asia
What Will the Biden Administration Mean for Southeast Asia?

Although President Donald Trump has not conceded the United States presidential election and is mounting multiple dubious legal challenges to the results, President-elect Joe Biden is moving ahead wi…

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks to the press next to Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (R) at the Istana presidential palace in Singapore on July 26, 2013.

November 19, 2020

China
A Conversation With House Armed Services Chairman Adam Smith

Adam Smith discusses his role as chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and the need for the United States to address growing competition with China.

Play Adam Smith speaking at a House Armed Services Committee hearing with a U.S. flag behind him

December 8, 2020

Israel
Biden Can Clean Up Trump's Israeli-Palestinian Policy Mess, But Can He Broker Peace?

The president-elect knows only too well the failures of all the presidents who preceded him, and the hardening of positions that's occurred on both sides.

Joe Biden, Benjamin Netanyahu

October 1, 2020

Niger
How to Build Better Militaries in Africa: Lessons from Niger

Niger is a key partner of the U.S. in West Africa. The United States provides a range of assistance to Niger, but the country stands out because strategic-level reforms have been taken seriously by both the United States and the partner country. 

Nigerien soldier, wearing fatigues, sunglasses, a brown hat, and with a gun resting on his shoulder, stands guard.

September 28, 2020

Wars and Conflict
Eruption of Conflict Over Nagorno-Karabakh

Ambassador (Ret.) Carey Cavanaugh is a professor of diplomacy and conflict resolution at the University of Kentucky Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce. Renewed military actio…

People attend a meeting to recruit military volunteers after Armenian authorities declared martial law following clashes with Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh, on September 27, 2020.