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September 5, 2019

Military Operations
Robert B. McKeon Endowed Series on Military Strategy and Leadership with General Joseph Dunford

General Joseph Dunford discusses U.S. military and defense strategy in conflict areas around the world and the current state of cooperative efforts with U.S. allies.

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August 19, 2019

Military Operations
Sea Power: The U.S. Navy and Foreign Policy

The U.S. Navy’s dominance of the world’s oceans has made it an indispensable foreign policy tool as well as a guarantor of global trade, but a mix of challenges is raising difficult questions about i…

A U.S. cruiser and aircraft carrier during a replenishment-at-sea.

August 13, 2019

Nigeria
Making Military Reform and Civilian Oversight a Reality in Nigeria

Nigeria returned to democracy in 1999, after two long periods of military rule—1966–79 and 1983–98—during which the military wielded executive, legislative, and judicial power. This has left a historical legacy of a powerful military used to doing whatever it wants with no questions asked. On return to democracy, it also left the country with a political class that is wary of military power, and unwilling and unable to impose democratic civilian oversight of the military. 

Three Nigerian soldiers stand in front of a thatch hut and a tank in full fear.

August 2, 2019

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: August 2, 2019

Capital One data breach affects over 100 million customers; Coast Guard reveals details on February cyberattack; demand for cyber insurance grows; confusion on blacklisted Chinese technology; and Fac…

The logo and ticker for Capital One are displayed on a screen on the floor of the NYSE in New York

June 24, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria’s Economic Prospects: A Conversation with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

Nigerian Vice President Osinbajo discusses Nigeria’s economic recovery, investment and growth opportunities, and the recent general elections.

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June 4, 2019

South Africa
Ramaphosa’s Bold Pick for Public Works Minister of South Africa

Last week, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on national television the selection of South Africa’s new cabinet. Although there was no surprise to see the names of such competent officials as Pravan Gordhan, Ephraim Patel, Naledi Pandor, Lindiwe Sisulu, and Tito Mboweni, Ramaphosa’s selection of Patricia de Lille as minister of public works and enterprises really “put the cat among the pigeons.”

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May 24, 2019

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 2019

March 28, 2019

Security Alliances
The Illiberal Turn: Shifting Geopolitical Alignments

Charles A. Kupchan, Barry R. Posen, Kori Schake, and Daniel W. Drezner discuss the illiberal turn and shifting geopolitical alignments as part of CFR's lunch event at the 2019 International Studies Association Annual Convention.

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January 14, 2019

Philippines
Rodrigo Duterte: Fire and Fury in the Philippines: A Review

In the months before Brazil’s elections in October 2018, many experts both within and outside the country dismissed the possibility that Jair Bolsonaro, a former army captain and previously obscure f…

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December 18, 2018

U.S. Foreign Policy
Some Thoughts on President Trump’s Strategy for Africa

On December 13, Ambassador John Bolton, President Donald J. Trump’s national security advisor, delivered the administration’s long-awaited encyclical on Africa before an overflow audience at the Heritage Foundation. In a typically blunt manner, Ambassador Bolton characterized China’s policies toward Africa as rapacious and neo-colonial, expressing concern that China would use its leverage over states heavily indebted to it in return for a monopolistic hold on the continent’s natural resource bounty.

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