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April 19, 2012

Defense and Security
TWE Remembers: General Douglas MacArthur’s Speech to Congress

Americans love generals. We have elected twelve of them president. But for a president, generals can be an enormous pain—and a political threat. James K. Polk worried (rightly) that Winfield Scott wa…

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July 1, 2010

China
The River Runs Black

Teaching Notes on The River Runs Black by CFR Senior Fellow Elizabeth C. Economy.

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January 11, 2019

South Africa
Reconciling the South African Military’s Mission With Its Budget

There is mismatch between what the government asks and expects South African National Defense Forces (SANDF) to do and the money allocated to carry out its missions. The SANDF budget declined again for this fiscal year and stands at only around 1 percent of GDP. (By contrast, the budget for education is just under 5 percent of GDP.) 

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January 9, 2019

North Korea
What Does Kim Jong-un Want From China?

Kim’s meetings with Xi are an effort to drive up the price in negotiations with the United States beyond what North Korea would be able to demand on its own.

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January 7, 2019

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
The Ebola Virus

Endemic to the African tropics, the Ebola virus has killed thousands in recent years, putting the World Health Organization and major donor countries in the limelight as they’ve grappled with how to …

A health-care worker stands next to a cross during the funeral of a person suspected of dying of Ebola in Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo.

January 2, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: December 22–28

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger between December 22 to 28.

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December 27, 2018

United States
Ten American Foreign Policy Influentials Who Died in 2018

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 2018 who through…

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April 7, 2004

China
The River Runs Black

Selected by the Globalist as one of the top ten books of 2004, The River Runs Black is the most comprehensive and balanced volume to date on China's growing environmental crisis and its implications …

December 20, 2018

United States
The National Debt Dilemma

With the U.S. national debt already exceeding $15 trillion, President Trump’s tax reform and budget deals with Congress have added to the country’s deficits. CFR explores the origins of the national debt, the risks it presents, and the outlook for change.

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December 17, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: December 8–14

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger between December 8 to 14.

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