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June 2, 2010

Iran
Deterrence Misapplied

Overview Given the nature and structure of its government, is it possible to contain an Iran with nuclear weapons? In this discussion paper, sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Fred…

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May 12, 2020

World Order
The World: A Brief Introduction

Teaching Notes for The World: A Brief Introduction, written by Council on Foreign Relations President Richard N. Haass.

Teaching Notes for The World by Richard N. Haass

April 18, 2019

U.S. Foreign Policy
TPI Replay: The Liberal World Order, With Robert Kagan

Robert Kagan joins Jim Lindsay to discuss the state of the liberal international order. Kagan is the Stephen & Barbara Friedman senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is a contributing column…

Podcast U.S. Marines head inland after landing near Keflavik, Iceland.

November 1, 2018

U.S. Foreign Policy
The Liberal World Order with Robert Kagan

Robert Kagan joins James M. Lindsay to discuss the state of the liberal international order.

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November 6, 2019

Election 2020
The President’s Inbox: Should the United States Do Less Overseas?

The latest episode of The President’s Inbox is now live. The Iowa caucuses, the formal start of the presidential nominating process, are just three months away. Given that elections matter for U.S. f…

An American flag flies on the edge of the Atlantic ocean.

October 9, 2019

Sub-Saharan Africa
The Origins of African States, and Their Names

An article on the origins of the names of African countries was recently published in Quartz. It includes a map of the continent in 1885, shortly after the Berlin Conference. Portuguese and Arabic traders and explorers are the origins of some names, European mispronunciation of tribal names are the origins of others.

A bird flies in front of Mount Kenya on the horizon in Laikipia national park, Kenya.

August 20, 2019

United States
Back-to-School Reading Special

Every year CFR.org editor Bob McMahon and I record a summer reading episode of CFR’s “The World Next Week” podcast. We usually do it in June as we entertain visions of leisurely summer days yet to co…

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February 12, 2009

Russia
Moscow Indicates It Won’t Be Ignored in the ’Near Abroad’

S. Frederick Starr, a longtime expert on the Caucasus and Central Asia, says Russia is using a "carrot and stick" approach to attempt to force the United States out of a crucial air base in Kyrgyzsta…

April 29, 2019

Sub-Saharan Africa
Africa’s ‘Leaders for Life’

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to many of the world’s longest-ruling heads of state, but civil society and regional blocs may be slowing the trend of extending presidential terms in some areas.

A taxi passes an electoral poster for Cameroonian President Paul Biya in a market in Yaounde.

March 9, 2020

United States
Foreign Affairs March/April Issue Launch

Daniel Kurtz-Phelan discusses the March/April 2020 issue of Foreign Affairs magazine with contributors Kathleen Hicks, Stephen Wertheim, and Thomas Wright. The authors discuss the new issue of Foreig…

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