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February 11, 2019

United States
Campaign 2020: Kamala Harris, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Government prosecutors often have political ambitions. The list of prosecutors who became mayor (think Rudy Guiliani) or governor (think Chris Christie) is long. But the last president to have any ex…

Kamala 2020

May 25, 2018

United States
Remembering Those Memorial Day Honors

The United States has fought twelve major wars and a countless number of smaller skirmishes in its history. Memorial Day is how we honor the soldiers, sailors, airmen, airwomen, and marines who did n…

memorial day 2018

September 15, 2017

Rwanda
The Paradox of Rwanda's Paul Kagame

President Paul Kagame, along with many other chiefs of state, will be visiting New York for the opening week of the United Nations General Assembly. President Trump is scheduled to host African heads…

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May 16, 2017

Gender
Women Around the World: This Week

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post, covering from May 6 to May 12, was compiled with s…

#BringBackOurGirls campaign in Nigeria

October 4, 2016

Cybersecurity
Risky Business: When Governments Do Not Attribute State-Sponsored Cyberattacks

Kristen Eichensehr is an Assistant Professor at UCLA School of Law, an affiliate scholar at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, and a term member of the Council on Foreign Rel…

CFR Cyber Net Politics

March 14, 2014

Politics and Government
Helping the Oppressed, not the Oppressors

As protestors from Kiev to Khartoum to Caracas take to the streets against autocracy, a new book from economist William Easterly reminds us that Western aid is too often on the wrong side of the batt…

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December 20, 2013

United States
NSA: These Are the Dots

If there was one consensus conclusion after 9/11, it was that we had failed to “connect the dots.” That phrase had two meanings. First, government agencies should stop the “stove piping” that prevent…

July 30, 2013

Politics and Government
Politics and Development Together Again

The United States has spent about $100 billion rebuilding Afghanistan since 2002 – an enormous amount of money that even a casual observer can tell has fallen far short of its aims. Perhaps the recon…

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April 20, 2012

Education
Policy Initiative Spotlight: Louisiana’s Educational Overhaul

Today's "Policy Initiative Spotlight" focuses on the sweeping education reforms taking place in the state of Louisiana, which is fast becoming a kind of national laboratory for proponents of choice-b…

Teacher Darcy McKinnon teaches math to her seventh grade class at Samuel J. Green Charter School in New Orleans February 22, 2006.(Lee Celano/Courtesy Reuters)

July 26, 2012

United States
National Security Leaks and the White House

Every administration suffers from leaks of classified information. Given the size of the government and the large number of people who have access to information that is not only highly classified bu…