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January 1, 1996

Intelligence
Making Intelligence Smarter

The need for intelligence, and for a capability within the U.S. government to collect, produce, and disseminate it, remains critical. The end of the Cold War will not usher in an age of peace and sec…

February 1, 1998

Trade
Promoting U.S. Economic Relations with Africa

In 1997, Washington paid unprecedented attention to Africa and its continental rebirth. Both then-First Lady Hillary Clinton and then-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright toured the continent. Presi…

January 20, 2006

Humanitarian Intervention
More Than Humanitarianism

This Council-sponsored Independent Task Force Report argues that Africa is becoming steadily more central to the United States and to the rest of the world in ways that transcend humanitarian interes…

December 2, 2005

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Council Task Force Urges New Approach Toward Africa

“Year of Africa” Provides Opportunity to Go Beyond Feel-Good HumanitarianismDecember 4, 2005—2005 was the “year of Africa,” with world summits and rock stars focused on the plight of the continent. B…

May 3, 2007

Democracy
U.S. Must Strengthen Ties with Angola to Protect Strategic Energy and Security Interests

“Few African countries are more important to U.S. interests than Angola. The second-largest oil producer in Africa, Angola’s success or failure in transitioning from nearly thirty years of war toward…

February 18, 2010

Foreign Aid
Beyond Relief: Helping Haiti

Watch experts discuss the political and economic challenges facing Haiti and the role foreign aid can play in the country's recovery and development.

February 18, 2010

Foreign Aid
Beyond Relief: Helping Haiti

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February 21, 2011

TWE Celebrates Presidents’ Day Because It Is the Day of Presidents

President George W. Bush meets with former Presidents and President-elect Obama in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, January 2009. (Kevin Lamarque/courtesy Reuters) Being president o…

 U.S. President George W. Bush meets with former Presidents and President-elect Obama in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, January 2009.

March 7, 2011

Development
Weak Links

In Weak Links Stewart Patrick contends that assumptions about the threats posed by failing states--or "weak links"--are based on anecdotal arguments and challenges the conventional wisdom through sys…

May 18, 2011

Development
Fragile States Do Not Automatically Threaten U.S., Argues Stewart Patrick in New Book

In his new book, Weak Links: Fragile States, Global Threats, and International Security, Stewart Patrick argues that most fragile states are not a threat to the United States.