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February 13, 2018

United States
The Marshall Plan Holds Lessons for Present Tensions With Russia, Benn Steil Writes in New Book

February 13, 2018—The Marshall Plan—the costly and ambitious initiative to revive western Europe after World War II—marked the true beginning of the Cold War, argues Benn Steil. Bringing to bear new …

The Marshall Plan by Benn Steil

February 13, 2018

United States
Walking Away From World Order: Weighing Trump’s First Year of Foreign Policy

“Nobody really knew what to expect when Donald Trump became U.S. president. Would he disrupt the status quo or maintain it? Blow himself up or escape unscathed? One year in, the answer is yes,” write…

FA MA 2018 Cover

June 6, 2019

United States
Foreign Affairs Live with George Packer

One of the most celebrated diplomats of his generation, Richard Holbrooke helped normalize U.S. relations with China; served as U.S. ambassador to a newly unified Germany and then to the United Natio…

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January 4, 2018

South Korea
Domestic Dimensions of South Korea’s Foreign Policy

This post is co-authored by Sungtae "Jacky" Park, research associate for Korea Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.  Despite becoming influential on the world scene, South Korea remains a …

Domestic Dimensions of South Korea’s Foreign Policy

September 21, 2006

Afghanistan
Still Ours to Lose: Afghanistan on the Brink

Prepared Testimony for the House Committee on International Relations (September 20, 2006) and the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations (September 21, 2006)“The pyramid of Afghanistan government’s l…

April 10, 2006

Democracy
Afghanistan on “Life Support” Warns Council Report

Stabilization and reconstruction operations in Afghanistan have been overshadowed by developments in Iraq since the 2003 invasion, says the report, Afghanistan’s Uncertain Transition From Turmoil to …

March 17, 2006

Afghanistan
Afghanistan's Uncertain Transition from Turmoil to Normalcy

Overview Afghanistan’s Uncertain Transition argues that Afghanistan is still far from stability. While the country has reestablished basic institutions of government, it has barely started to m…

December 27, 2017

United States
Ten American Foreign Policy Influentials Who Died in 2017

Year’s end is a time for taking stock, counting successes, and assessing failures. It is also time for remembering those who are no longer with us. Here are ten Americans who died in 2017 who through…

American obituaries

May 9, 2019

Politics and Government
Leading Organizational Change for Diversity and Inclusion

ZARATE: Welcome to the Council on Foreign Relations. Great group. What a—what a great crowd. This is the opening plenary of this important conference on leading organizational change for diversity an…

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May 7, 2019

Global Governance
Global Governance in Crisis? A Conversation with Richard Haass and the Council of Councils

Richard Haass, Sunjoy Joshi, and Ferdinando Nelli Feroci discuss the mounting challenges to global governance and international cooperation, and the launch of the Council of Councils (CoC) Report Car…

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