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February 16, 2021

Defense and Security
CFR Fellows' Book Launch Series Guest Event With Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon discusses her new book, The Daughters of Kobani: A Story of Rebellion, Courage, and Justice. In an unlikely showdown in northeastern Syria in 2014, an all-female militia faced of…

Play Sawoushka Ahmed, a Kurdish female fighter stands with a gun in the majority-Kurdish Sheikh Maqsud district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on April 14, 2013. In northern Syria, the Kurdish population has largely observed a careful compromise with regime and rebel forces, fighting alongside neither, in return for security and semi-autonomy over majority Kurdish areas, but there have been reports in recent weeks of Kurdish fighters joining the battle with Syrian rebels in certain areas.

December 16, 2020

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
What's Next for the World Health Organization?

Panelists discuss the state of the World Health Organization, including the influence exerted by the United States and China, the organization's ability to coordinate a global vaccine, and its role i…

Play A medical syringe and a vial in front of the World Health Organization (WHO) logo are seen in this creative photo taken on 18 November 2020. Pfizer and Biontech announced its conclude phase 3 study of COVID-19 vaccine candidate with 95% primary efficacy analysis, as media reported on 18 November 2020.

November 10, 2020

CFR Master Class With Sheila Smith

Sheila Smith discusses the importance of the U.S.-Japan alliance in today's global political environment, including insight into shifts in Japanese defense capability since the security pact was sign…

Play A member of Japan Ground Self Defense Force uses a binoculars during a joint exercise with U.S. Marine Corps

October 2, 2020

China
Beijing at 25: Assessing Women's Economic Progress

Following the twenty-fifth anniversary of the landmark Beijing Declaration, which set strategic objectives for the advancement of women and gender equality, panelists discuss women's economic securit…

Play Women holding a stack of Chinese currency at a bank

August 12, 2020

Sub-Saharan Africa
A Conversation with Dr. K.Y. Amoako on the Future of African Development

CFR Senior Fellow for Africa Studies Michelle Gavin interviews Founder and President of the African Center for Economic Transformation Dr. K.Y. Amoako.

Workers of a local factory begin the production of personal protective gear for local frontline health workers as commissioned by the government, during the partial lockdown in Accra to slow the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Accra, Ghana April 10, 2020.

August 5, 2020

Race and Ethnicity
“Viral Convergence”: Interconnected Pandemics as Portal to Racial Justice

In this piece (which is part of a special Just Security “Racing National Security” symposium), Catherine Powell argues that the COVID-19 pandemic has provided a window into the pandemics of policing,…

Black Lives Matter Rally

July 14, 2020

CFR Master Class Series With Rachel Vogelstein

Please join Rachel Vogelstein for a discussion on gender equality in U.S. foreign policy, including a look at the relationship between women's workplace participation and economic growth.   The CF…

Play Women wear pink hats as they participate in the 2017 Women's March.

June 23, 2020

CFR Master Class Series With Alice Hill

Please join Alice Hill for a discussion on climate change and national security, including an assessment of the growing threats to U.S. national security from climate fueled extreme weather events an…

Play American flag flutters in front of a nuclear facility in Pottstown, Pennsylvania.

June 10, 2020

CFR Fellows' Book Launch Series with Mira Rapp-Hooper

Nearly thirty years after the end of the Cold War, amidst China’s rise and Russia’s revanchism, and in a historic moment of crisis, will American policymakers reconceive the role alliances should pla…

Play Cover of Shields of the Republic: The Triumph and Peril of America's Alliances

March 18, 2020

South Korea
Military Considerations for OPCON Transfer on the Korean Peninsula

Military considerations, not political aspirations, should guide the transfer. 

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper and South Korea's National Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo participate in a news conference at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, on February 24, 2020.