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September 18, 2018

United States
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 …

Air Force Birthday 2018

September 13, 2018

Middle East and North Africa
Ambassador Martin Indyk to Join CFR as Distinguished Fellow

September 13, 2018—Former diplomat and Middle East expert Martin Indyk will join the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) this month as a distinguished fellow and director of executive education, based…

September 7, 2018

Syrian Civil War
Global Conflict This Week: Idlib Offensive Looms

Developments in conflicts across the world that you might have missed this week.

Man looks our from a shelter in Syria

September 7, 2018

Russia
Putin Is Sneaking Up on Europe From the South

This article was originally published here on ForeignPolicy.com on August 31, 2018. The first big battles between the U.S. military and the Wehrmacht during World War II were not actually in Europ…

Vladimir Putin at Navy Day with Defense Minister and Admiral

June 29, 2018

Turkey
What Erdogan's Victory Means for Turkey, the Kurds, and Syria

Henri J. Barkey discusses what Erdogan's victory means for Turkish foreign policy in Syria and, domestically, what it means for Turkey’s Kurds.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan meets with Nationalist Movement Party leader Devlet Bahceli in Ankara, Turkey, on June 27, 2018.

August 28, 2018

United States
Scoop Jackson and John McCain

In the course of my career I've had the great privilege of working for Henry M. "Scoop" Jackson and knowing John McCain, two of the most consequential senators of the last seventy-five years. And the…

August 14, 2018

United States
The Unconstrained Presidency: Checks and Balances Eroded Long Before Trump

This article was originally published in Foreign Affairs.  In the age of Donald Trump, it often feels as though one individual has the power to chart the United States’ course in the world all by …

May 25, 2018

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
Singapore and Reykjavik: The Perils of Summitry

The 1986 meeting in Iceland between U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev was like none other. It offers helpful context for a potential U.S.-North Korea arms control summi…

Reagan and Gorbachev shake hands after their talks in Reykjavik.

April 16, 2018

Syrian Civil War
Can Syria’s Chemical Weapons Be Stopped?

The United States should follow targeted strikes in Syria with intensified global efforts to nullify the regime’s chemical weapons capabilities.

A firefighter works inside the destroyed Scientific Research Center in Damascus.

June 29, 2018

Middle East and North Africa
Turkish Presidential Elections with Henri Barkey and Steven Cook

Henri Barkey, senior fellow for Middle East studies at CFR and former member of the State Department Policy Planning Staff, and Steven Cook, the Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Af…

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