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The Thomas J. Watson Meetings Program

Established in 1967 by the sons and daughters of Thomas J. Watson, the Thomas J. Watson Meetings Program brings high-ranking U.S. and foreign government officials to CFR. The program funds meetings with U.S. and foreign leaders of cabinet rank or higher.

October 29, 2019

Defense and Security
Through a Gender Lens: The Need for Robust Research into Diversity and Military Effectiveness

Voices from the Field features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development, diplomacy and security challenges. This post is author…

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Sienna De Santis and U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Heidi Dean, both with Female Engagement Team, greet children during a patrol in Sangin Valley, Afghanistan.

March 19, 2019

Censorship and Freedom of Expression
Collateral Freedom: Proceed with Caution

Increasing collateral damage is an effective way of fighting censorship and expanding internet freedom. If we want to keep it that way, we ought to know its limitations

Sina Weibo's booth is pictured at the Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) 2017 in Beijing, China April 28, 2017.

February 1, 2019

South Africa
Zondo Commission Witness Details State Capture in South Africa

In January 2018, Ramaphosa appointed a Judicial Commission of Inquiry into “state capture,” the label commonly used in South Africa for government corruption. The testimony to the Zondo Commission of Angelo Agrizzi details the extravagant bribes paid by companies to the highest level of the governing African National Congress (ANC), mostly in return for highly lucrative contracts.

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September 7, 2018

Cybersecurity
Facebook, Twitter, and the Challenge From Washington

Can the country’s major digital platforms fight disinformation campaigns while facing the Trump administration’s charges of political bias?

Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

October 10, 2017

Women and Women's Rights
New Travel & Refugee Restrictions, Same Bad Impact for Women

President Trump issued new restrictions on travel for refugees and immigrants. The result is much the same as previous restrictions, known colloquially as the "Muslim ban:" for women, the restriction…

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October 9, 2018

Economics
U.S. Economic Policy With Kevin Hassett

Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers Kevin Hassett discusses economic growth, international trade talks, and the impact of the Trump administration’s policies on the U.S. economy.

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May 18, 2015

Development
Moving Beyond Utopia to What’s Possible for 2030: Setting Realistic Sustainable Development Goals

Emerging Voices features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is by Deirdre White, chief executive…

Clinton Rio SDG

June 21, 2018

Religion
Divinely Divided: How Christianity and Islam Coexist in Nigeria

Alexander J. Thurston, Olufemi O. Vaughan, and John Campbell discuss how Christianity and Islam coexist in Nigeria.

Podcast REUTERS / Gaia Squarci

August 7, 2013

Americas
Review of Smuggler Nation

In Smuggler Nation: How Illicit Trade Made America (Oxford University Press, 2013), Peter Andreas, a professor in the Department of Political Science and the Watson Institute for International Studie…

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