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July 10, 2020

Wars and Conflict
Five POW Movies Worth Watching

Each Friday this summer, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: films about prisoners of war.

Movie posters clockwise from the top left: Unbroken/Amazon; The Bridge on the River Kwai/Golden Globes; The Deer Hunter/IMDB; The Great Escape/ABC; Stalag 17/History Net; Rescue Dawn/IMP Awards.

July 2, 2020

Belgium
Belgium Begins to Confront Its Brutal Colonial Past in Congo

Following anti-racism protests in Belgium, King Philippe, in a letter to Felix Tshisekedi, president of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), expressed his "regret" over his country’s exploitation of DRC.

Belgian King Philippe sits at a dark wooden table in a black suit, black tie, and white shirt. His hands are folded and his face is somber, with his silver-white hair combed down. To the left is a Belgian flag on a vertical flag pole; to the right are two family framed pictures sitting on a low bookcase.

June 23, 2020

Technology and Innovation
The “Defund the Police” Movement and the Future of Digital Policing

The demand for radical change in law enforcement raises questions about what a transformation of police authority, power, and accountability would mean for the use of digital technologies in policing…

A New York Police Department officer watches video feeds in the Lower Manhattan Security Initiative facility in New York September 1, 2011.

June 9, 2020

Cybersecurity
The Cyberspace Solarium Commission on What the Pandemic Teaches Cybersecurity

Although the Cyberspace Solarium Commission's new white paper outlined many of the cybersecurity challenges generated by the COVID-19 pandemic, it neglected to address other major issues, such as wid…

Sen. Angus King (I-ME)

June 12, 2020

United States
The World Next Week: What to Read, Watch, and Listen to This Summer

Each year CFR.org editor Bob McMahon and I record a special episode of The World Next Week on our summer reading recommendations. Being sticklers for tradition, we did so again this year. We thought,…

Picture of the book "A Burning," with red and yellow flames and a train, a screenshot of an episode of the podcast "More Perfect," and the preview of the documentary The Civil War with a picture of a cannon in front of a sunset.

June 14, 2020

United States
Happy Birthday to the U.S. Army!

The United States Army celebrates its 245th birthday today. If you see an active duty, former, or retired member of the United States Army today, wish their service Happy Birthday. The Army provid…

Army birthday

June 4, 2020

Cybersecurity
Global Health Security Turns to Confront Cyber Threats

On May 19, the World Health Assembly adopted a new resolution calling upon all member states to confront cyber threats to global health. Such a resolution is unprecedented in the history of the World…

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) attends the virtual 73rd World Health Assembly (WHA).

June 10, 2020

Nigeria
Massacre in Northern Nigeria Involves Cattle Rustling, Jihadis, and Vigilantes

According to Nigerian and international media, at least eighty-one people were killed in Gubio LGA. Seven were kidnapped, and hundreds of cattle stolen. Some think it was ISWA.

A heard of mostly dark brown cattle run across an open field of mostly light brown grass with streaks of green. A small river runs nearby, and the landscape into the distance is dotted with green trees with large, round crowns. The landscape is flat.

June 2, 2020

Space
The Artemis Accords and the Next Generation of Outer Space Governance

The United States is pursuing bilateral agreements to shape international space law.

NASA rolls back the the Artemis launch tower from Pad 39B at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida

June 8, 2020

Global Governance
Expanding the G7 Makes Sense. Including Russia Does Not.

Russia's inclusion in an expanded G7 would run contrary to the group's aims and interests.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump points toward a raised hand during a news conference at the G7 summit in Biarritz, France.