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The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) membership list of over 5,000 of some of the most prominent leaders in the foreign policy arena, including top government officials, renowned scholars, business executives, acclaimed journalists, prominent lawyers, and distinguished nonprofit professionals. The membership is divided almost equally among those living in New York, Washington, DC, and across the country and abroad.

February 5, 2015

Australia
Tony Abbott Has To Go

Important: The views expressed on this blog are my own. The Council on Foreign Relations takes no positions on matters of policy or politics.  Is Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott the most incom…

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November 14, 2013

India
Framing Indian Power and Foreign Policy: State vs. Center? Or Rights vs. Realism?

On Friday, November 15, the biennial Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) convenes in Sri Lanka. This year’s gathering of fifty-three Commonwealth members has been anything but routine, h…

A man paints the logo of CHOGM 2013, ahead of the upcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2013, in Colombo

July 26, 2013

Military Operations
You Might Have Missed: CIA in Pakistan, Syria, Special Ops in Trans-Sahara

Kathy Gannon and Sebastian Abbot, Criticism Alters US Drone Program in Pakistan, ABC News, July 25, 2013. The CIA has been instructed to be more cautious with its attacks, limiting them to high-valu…

December 7, 2012

Japan
David P. Janes: Japan, Beyond Tomorrow

This blog post is part of a series entitled Is Japan in Decline?, in which leading experts analyze Japan’s economy, politics, and society and give their assessment of Japan’s future. During a recent…

Buildings are silhouetted against the setting sun in front of Mount Fuji in Tokyo

March 2, 2012

United States
You Might Have Missed: Israel, Iran, and Drone Strikes in Pakistan and Somalia

Jeffrey Gettleman, “Africa’s Dirty Wars,” The New York Review of Books, March 2012. I saw how hollow such leadership can be when I attended an expensive Darfur peace conference in Sirte, Libya,…

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March 30, 2012

Defense and Security
Friday File: Obama’s Open Mic Gaffe

Above the Fold. President Obama got himself into hot water this week when he was overhead telling Russian president Dmitri Medvedev he would have “more flexibility” on issues like missile defense aft…

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