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April 23, 2024

Defense and Security
Challenges Facing the U.S. Military, With John Barrientos and Kristen Thompson

John Barrientos, a captain in the U.S. Navy and a visiting military fellow at CFR, and Kristen Thompson, a colonel in the U.S. Air Force and a visiting military fellow at CFR, sit down with James M. …

Podcast The Joint Service Color Guard walks the Seafair Torchlight Parade in Seattle, Washington, on July 30, 2016.

April 10, 2024

Myanmar’s Military is Facing Defeat Amid Civil War

Myanmar’s military faced a significant loss in the town of Myawaddy, bordering Thailand, this week.

Soldiers stand in a ditch wearing fatigues

February 28, 2024

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
American Military Leadership in the Middle East

Former CENTCOM Commanders David Petraeus and Anthony Zinni discuss the military aspect of the Israel-Hamas war and lessons learned from U.S. involvement and operations in the Middle East.

Play Smoke rises over northern Gaza following Israeli air strikes in Dec 2023.

February 26, 2024

The Case Against Military Rule

Nigeria needs a change of direction, not a change of government.  

Three members of Nigeria's defense are seated next to one another in a room that has primarily wooden walls and a wooden desk.

December 21, 2023

Middle East Program
Virtual Media Briefing: Israel's Military Strategy in Gaza

Panelists discuss Israel’s incursion into Southern Gaza, military tactics thus far, and potential exit strategies for the Israeli army.

Play An Israeli flag on a military vehicle at the border with Gaza

November 22, 2023

Israel Seeing Military Progress Against Hamas Amid Mounting Civilian Toll

Israel’s forces have moved to control the northern Gaza Strip but face challenges in tracking Hamas fighters into tunnels. Meanwhile, the costs for Palestinian civilians are intensifying pressure on …

April 17, 2024

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards

Conceived as the principal defenders of the 1979 revolution, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has evolved into an institution with vast political, economic, and military power.

Members of the Revolutionary Guards attend a parliamentary session in Tehran.

April 18, 2024

Palestinian Territories
What Is Hamas?

The Palestinian militant group struggled to govern the Gaza Strip before launching a surprise attack on Israel in 2023. Now facing Israel’s military campaign to destroy it, Hamas’s future is in doubt…

Gun-toting Hamas militants ride a vehicle amid a massive crowd of the group's supporters

February 9, 2024

United States
Campaign Roundup: President Biden Criticizes Israel’s Military Operations in Gaza

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential contenders are saying about foreign policy. This Week: Israel’s war against Hamas is creating policy and political dilemmas for President Biden.

Biden Gaza

December 21, 2023

United States
The Bureaucratic Fix to the Military Recruitment Crisis

Declining recruitment numbers are vexing nearly all branches of the U.S. military. Removing a medical bottleneck could dramatically streamline recruiting for applicants and personnel.