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September 18, 2018

United States
Air Force Birthday 2018 The United States Air Force Celebrates Its 71st Birthday Today

The United States Air Force (USAF) turns 71 years-old today. On September 18, 1947, Chief Justice Fred Vinson swore in Stuart Symington as the first secretary of the air force, officially founding a …

May 1, 2018

China
Xi’s China Is More Authoritarian at Home and More Assertive Abroad, Argues Elizabeth Economy in New Book

May 1, 2018—“One of the great paradoxes of China today,” writes eminent China scholar Elizabeth C. Economy, “is Xi Jinping’s effort to position himself as a champion of globalization, while at th…

March 28, 2018

Technology and Innovation
iPhone screen/Facebook/WhatsApp Preventing the Balkanization of the Internet

This post is co-authored by Fred Hu, Chairman and Founder of Primavera Capital Group, a China-based global investment firm. With the entire global economy becoming inextricably linked to the Inter…

March 8, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-New-York-One57-Corruption An $80 Million Yacht, a $50 Million Apartment, and Nigeria’s Former Oil Minister

Aluko and others are under investigation in Nigeria, the United Kingdom, and the United States for, among other things, bribing the Nigerian oil minister at the time, Diezani Alison-Madueke for lucrative government contracts.

March 2, 2018

South Korea
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, North Korea’s Kim Yong-nam, and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s sister Kim Yo-jong attend the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Will South Korea’s Olympic Diplomacy Last?

South Korea must capitalize on its diplomatic push to bridge the divide between its longtime ally and its combative neighbor.

October 21, 2009

Israel
Israeli Innovation a Model for United States, Say Senor and Singer in New CFR Book

"The West needs innovation; Israel’s got it," write Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Adjunct Senior Fellow Dan Senor and the Jerusalem Post’s Saul Singer, in Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel’s …

November 1, 2013

Saudi Arabia
The U.S.-Saudi Rift: Three Things to Know

Rising tensions between Saudi Arabia and the United States reflect the differences in the longtime allies’ interests on a range of Middle East priorities, says CFR’s Fred Kaplan.

November 10, 2017

United States
Marine Corps Birthday Happy Birthday to the United States Marine Corps!

The Marine Corps turns 242 years-old today. On November 10, 1775, the Continental Congress adopted a resolution to create a Marine force composed of two battalions. Since then, the Marines have been …

July 21, 2011

Economic Crises
Why the U.S. Needs to Cut the Deficit

While Congress is likely to raise the U.S. debt ceiling ahead of the August 2 deadline, lawmakers will still need to hash out a long-term deficit-reduction package to avoid market disruption and pres…

October 17, 2017

United States
Chinese steel factory The U.S. Trade Deficit: How Much Does It Matter?

President Trump has made reducing the U.S. trade deficit a priority, blaming trade deals like NAFTA, but economists disagree over how policymakers should respond.