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June 12, 2020

United States
The World Next Week: What to Read, Watch, and Listen to This Summer

Each year CFR.org editor Bob McMahon and I record a special episode of The World Next Week on our summer reading recommendations. Being sticklers for tradition, we did so again this year. We thought,…

Picture of the book "A Burning," with red and yellow flames and a train, a screenshot of an episode of the podcast "More Perfect," and the preview of the documentary The Civil War with a picture of a cannon in front of a sunset.

April 15, 2009

Defense and Security
Afghan Defense Chief Unhappy with Obama Plan

President Obama’s new strategy for winning the war in Afghanistan has drawn praise from U.S. forces and international allies. But Afghan Defense Minister Gen. Adbul Rahim Wardak tells CFR.org that Wa…

May 1, 2020

Iraq
Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Iraq’s Pledge to Cut Oil Production

Iraq faces an uphill battle in meeting its obligations to the historic production cut agreement reached by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and other major producers such as R…

A worker wears a protective mask, following an outbreak of coronavirus, at Nahr Bin Umar oil field, north of Basra, Iraq March 15, 2020.

March 11, 2020

Egypt
The Whole World Got Hosni Mubarak Wrong

The eulogies for Egypt’s fourth president focused on his downfall, but history will remember his overlooked accomplishments while in office.

Supporters of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak hold his photos near the main gate of a cemetery during his burial ceremony, east of Cairo, Egypt February 26, 2020.

March 11, 2020

Taliban
The Taliban in Afghanistan

Since its ouster in 2001, the Taliban has maintained its insurgency against the U.S.-led mission in Afghanistan and the Afghan government. A new U.S.-Taliban deal could pave the way for the group’s r…

Taliban fighters wearing brown camouflage, tennis shoes, and cloths around their faces hold large guns and walk in a line.

February 6, 2020

India
South Asia Reads: February 6, 2020

The annual budget in India and Chinese investments in Pakistan were two major opportunities to reverse declining economic fortunes in South Asia. This week's articles explain how both fell short of e…

Sri Lankan soldiers in independence day parade

January 3, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: The Killing of Qasem Soleimani

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. This week: the U.S. drone strike that killed an Iranian general, the wisdom of Joe Biden’s Iraq vote, and for…

Demonstrators hold a picture of Qassim Suleimani as they protest his assassination by the United States in Tehran, Iran, on January 3. Nazanin Tabatabaee/West Asia News Agency via Reuters.

December 31, 2019

Global
Ten World Figures Who Died in 2019

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2019 who shaped U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten world figu…

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December 20, 2019

North Korea
North Korea’s Military Capabilities

Kim Jong-un has accelerated North Korea’s buildup of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction, while also modernizing its large conventional force.

Vehicles carry missiles during a military parade in Pyongyang.

November 10, 2019

United States
Happy 244th Birthday to the United States Marine Corps!

The U.S. Marine Corps turns 244 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 …

U.S. Marine Corps