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September 18, 2018

United States
The United States Air Force Celebrates Its 71st Birthday Today

The United States Air Force (USAF) turns 71 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 …

Air Force Birthday 2018

August 10, 2017

Pakistan
Weak Link in Afghanistan Strategy: Pakistan, Still Not Serious About Terrorism

Nearly sixteen long years on, the United States still struggles with how to devise a strategy for success in Afghanistan. The Donald J. Trump administration’s ongoing strategic review, according to p…

Saifullah Khalid (2nd L), president of the Milli Muslim League political party, holds a party flag with others during a news conference in Islamabad, Pakistan, August 7, 2017. Faisal Mahmood/Reuters

February 7, 2016

North Korea
U.S. Assessments of North Korean Missile Capabilities Since 2011

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK or North Korea) announced that it successfully launched the Kwangmyongsong-4 satellite at 9:30 am on February 7, 2016. But the United States regards DP…

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April 30, 2015

Vietnam
The Vietnam War in Forty Quotes

Last month, I did a series of posts commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the arrival of U.S. combat troops in Vietnam on March 8, 1965. Today marks another significant date in the Vietnam War: t…

Johnson-Announcement

April 24, 2015

South Korea
You Might Have Missed: Drone Strike Policies, North Korea, and Conflict Prevention

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest, White House, April 23, 2015. John Earnest, White House Spokesperson:  I can tell you that Mr. Gadahn was not specifically targeted.  But in a fashion …

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December 30, 2013

China
Robert S. Spalding III: Being Firm With China

Robert S. Spalding III is a military fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. The Air Defense Identification Zone recently announced by the Chinese was most likely not hastily done. The Chinese d…

Honour guard troops march during a welcoming ceremony for visiting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 6, 2013. (Petar Kujundzic/Courtesy Reuters)

October 10, 2013

Education
Guest Post: Lessons from Abroad for U.S. Education

The following guest post was written by Curtis Valentine, a CFR Term Member and a 2013-2014 International Affairs Fellow (IAF). Curtis will be posted to the U.S. Department of Education's Office of I…

A woman is seen outside the New York Stock Exchange (Shannon Stapleton/Courtesy Reuters).

March 21, 2013

Jordan
Jordan Second

Lost in all the commentary in President Obama’s visit to Israel is the fact that he will also visit Jordan.  The country is often derisively referred to as the “Hashemite Kingdom of Boredom,” but it …

JordanSecond

March 6, 2013

Education
National Security and National Unity: A Case for Compulsory Service

This guest post is by Curtis Valentine, a Term Member with the Council on Foreign Relations and a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (South Africa 2001-2003) The continuous debates over domestic issues …

A student from Boston College volunteers at Ellis Memorial Center (supportunitedway/Flickr).

January 14, 2013

Japan
The Conversation on Japan’s Decline Concludes

This blog post is part of a series entitled Is Japan in Decline?, in which leading experts analyze Japan’s economy, politics, and society and give their assessment of Japan’s future. Last year, as J…

Buildings are silhouetted against the setting sun in front of Mount Fuji in Tokyo