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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?

September 24, 2009

Afghanistan
Resourcing an Afghan Strategy

U.S. military leaders are calling for more troops to carry out U.S. counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan. Six analysts offer views on how President Barack Obama should respond.

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 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…

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.

December 19, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
NST Tracker 1.10 to 1.16 Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: December 10 – December 16

Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from December 10, 2016 to December 16, 2016. This update also represents violence …

December 13, 2016

Technology and Innovation
Secretary of Energy nominee Rick Perry speaks at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio Reuters/Mike Segar) An Energy Innovation Agenda for the Trump Administration

Democrats and Republicans are girding for battle over energy policy. The two parties are far apart on most issues, like the future of the Clean Power Plan and federal restrictions on oil and gas dril…