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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

April 23, 2013

United States
Media Conference Call:Linda Robinson and Frank Kearney on The Future of U.S. Special Operations Forces

Former CFR adjunct senior fellow Linda Robinson and former deputy combatant commander of U.S. special operations forces Frank Kearney discuss Robinson's Council Special Report, "The Future of U.S. Sp…

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 11, 2019

United States
Happy 244th Birthday to the U.S. Navy!

The U.S. Navy turns 244 years-old this weekend. On October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress commissioned two ships, each with eighty sailors, “for intercepting such transports as may be laden with …

U.S. Navy

August 24, 2012

Afghanistan
Afghan Insider Attacks: Three Things to Know

The rise in attacks on U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan by members of Afghan forces may have serious implications for the overall campaign in Afghanistan, as the endangerment of troops calls …

April 8, 2013

Military Operations
The Future of U.S. Special Operations Forces

Overview U.S. special operations forces are doing more things in more places than ever before. They are now active in some seventy countries and, since 2001, have seen their combined budget nearly…

July 11, 2012

United States
The Future of Special Operations Forces

In her testimony before the House Committee on Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, Linda Robinson details how U.S. Special Operations Forces can be restructured to bette…

December 2, 2011

Afghanistan
How Afghanization Can Work

What is the best way to stabilize Afghanistan at a time when international forces are scaling down commitments? Putting Afghan troops in the lead of their own counterinsurgency efforts, writes CFR’s …

April 19, 2019

Robots and Artificial Intelligence
Cyber Week in Review: April 19, 2019

This week: Facial recognition raises ethical concerns; the EU takes steps to combat terrorism online; the UK regulates child safety online; DNS hijacking in the Middle East North Africa region; Faceb…

Visitors walk past a screen showing a demonstration of facial recognition software at the Security China 2018 exhibition on public safety and security in Beijing, China October 23, 2018