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September 18, 2017

United States
Air Force Birthday The United States Air Force Celebrates Its 70th Birthday Today

The United States Air Force (USAF) turns 70 years-old today. On September 18, 1947, Chief Justice Fred Vinson swore in Stuart Symington as the first secretary of the air force, officially founding a …

August 28, 2017

Egypt
EgyptNasser The Tragic Tale of Egypt’s Decline: Is It Also the Story of America’s Future?

Once a diverse, cosmopolitan society, Egypt has descended into corruption, inequality, and bigotry. Sound familiar?

February 4, 2013

China
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (R) and Wang Jiarui, the head of the International Liaison Department of China's Communist Party, walk together for their meeting in Pyongyang on August 2, 2012. Colonel Brian Killough: The Catch-22 of Modern Chinese Foreign Policy

Colonel Brian Killough is the U.S. Air Force Military Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. In Joseph Heller’s famous novel, Catch-22, the bombardier, John Yosserian, is caught in a situationa…

April 24, 2017

Military Operations
bomb How the Pentagon Announces Killing Terrorists Versus Civilians 

This blog post was coauthored with my research associate, Jennifer Wilson.  Last week, the U.S. military announced an accomplishment that has come to define progress in the war on terrorism—the de…

March 29, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Gordhan 032817 Rand Falls as Finance Minister Gordhan is Ordered Home

On March 27, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas were on an investor road show to the United Kingdom and the United States when they were abruptly ordered to ret…

March 27, 2017

SEAL Plane Jump Hacking Defense and Diplomacy in Silicon Valley

Scott Hartley is a venture capitalist and term member at the Council on Foreign Relations. His new book, The Fuzzy and the Techie (Houghton Mifflin), comes out in April. You can follow him @scottehar…

March 27, 2017

United States
BP03272017 Bill Maher Makes Us Dumber: How Ignorance, Fear and Stupid Pop-Culture Clichés Shape Americans’ View of the Middle East

Americans used to be just ignorant about Muslims and the Middle East. Now we're also fearful, stupid and wrong.

February 22, 2017

Asia
U Ko Ni Myanmar Death Arrests in the Death of U Ko Ni

The apparent assassination of an advisor to de facto Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi outside Yangon airport last month has raised disturbing questions about the country’s stability, and about Suu Kyi…

January 25, 2017

Global
Play RTR3EQ2Z_EC.jpg A Conversation With Brian Moynihan

Brian Moynihan discusses U.S. and global markets, the global financial system in 2017, and how the banking industry is helping to drive the real economy.

February 13, 2017

U.S. Foreign Policy
BP02132017 Our Man in the Middle East: The Confusing Worldview of Trump Aide Derek Harvey

Col. Derek Harvey has more mainstream views on Islam than Gen. Michael Flynn—but he still has strange baggage.