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September 13, 2018

Sub-Saharan Africa
The Risks of Reducing U.S. Special Operations in Africa

The Pentagon plans to withdraw its special operations forces in Africa, but major cutbacks could threaten recent efforts to counter terrorism threats across the region.

Chadian soldiers take a break during Operation Flintlock, U.S.-led military exercises, in Diffa, Niger.

October 12, 2018

United States
Happy 243rd Birthday to the U.S. Navy!

The U.S. Navy turns 243 years-old tomorrow. On October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress commissioned two ships, each with eighty sailors, “for intercepting such transports as may be laden with warl…

Navy Birthday 2018

October 11, 2018

China
Religion in China

As religious observance in China grows, the Chinese Communist Party continues to toughen oversight, increase religious persecution, and attempt to coopt state-sanctioned religious organizations.

Uighur men leave a mosque following the Eid prayers in Kashgar.

August 14, 2018

United States
The Unconstrained Presidency: Checks and Balances Eroded Long Before Trump

This article was originally published in Foreign Affairs.  In the age of Donald Trump, it often feels as though one individual has the power to chart the United States’ course in the world all by …

May 25, 2018

United States
Remembering Those Memorial Day Honors

The United States has fought twelve major wars and a countless number of smaller skirmishes in its history. Memorial Day is how we honor the soldiers, sailors, airmen, airwomen, and marines who did n…

memorial day 2018

March 13, 2017

Yemen
The Futility of Force in Yemen

An escalation in U.S. counterterrorism strikes is unlikely to degrade the country’s al-Qaeda affiliate and a two-year-long Saudi-led air campaign is no closer to defeating Houthi rebels, says Ambassa…

October 7, 2014

Hong Kong
Protests in Hong Kong: Three Things to Know

Pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong feel Beijing has reneged on its guarantees of greater autonomy for the former British colony, says CFR’s Barbara Demick.

February 16, 2018

Liberia
Liberia’s Johnson-Sirleaf Awarded the Mo Ibrahim Prize for African Leadership

The foundation’s prize committee stated that Sirleaf had shown exceptional leadership, and noted that Liberia was the only African country out of fifty-four to improve in every category of its Index of African Governance.

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December 15, 2011

Defense and Security
Guest Post: Linda Robinson on the End of the Iraq War

Members of the U.S. Air Force board a plane at al-Asad air base in Iraq before flying to the United States. (Mohammed Ameen/courtesy Reuters) I woke up this morning to an email inbox full of news al…

Members of the U.S. Air Force board a plane before flying to the U.S., at al-Asad air base in Iraq’s western province of Anbar November 1, 2011. U.S. President Barack Obama announced on Oct. 21 that American troops would fully withdraw from Iraq by year-end, as scheduled under a 2008 security pact between the two countries. Picture taken November 1, 2011. REUTERS/Mohammed Ameen