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October 7, 2021

United States
The U.S. War in Afghanistan Twenty Years On: Public Opinion Then and Now

Two decades after the start of Operation Enduring Freedom, Americans view the war very differently.

Afghanistan flag

July 20, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Generation X’s Short Arc of History

Ben Rhodes’s new book about global politics reveals the limits of the Obama administration’s worldview.

U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes speaks about Obama's upcoming visit to Cuba at the White House in Washington February 18, 2016. U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday announced a historic visit to Cuba next month, speeding up the thaw in relations between the two Cold War former foes but igniting opposition from Republicans at home.

September 2, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Yemen’s Tragedy: War, Stalemate, and Suffering

Yemen’s internal divisions and a Saudi-led military intervention have spawned an intractable political, military, and humanitarian crisis.

Five Houthis ride atop a military vehicle.

September 9, 2021

Iraq War
Foreign Affairs September/October 2021 Issue Launch: Who Won the War on Terror?

As the twentieth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks approaches, Foreign Affairs Executive Editor Justin Vogt discusses who won the war on terror and what it means for the United States…

Play A displaced Iraqi family walks along a Mosul street of rubble and broken building

July 28, 2021

Pharmaceuticals and Vaccines
The COVID-19 Vaccination Challenge: Lessons From History

Vaccines are a major public health success story, but the COVID-19 pandemic underscores the many challenges involved in getting a vaccine to everyone who needs it.

October 21, 2021

United States
Colin Powell's American Life

Alone among US President George W. Bush’s senior advisers, Colin Powell did not push for the costly, ill-advised Iraq War, and it would be misreading history to hold him responsible for it. He remain…

Former U.S. Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell speaks at the presentation of the Above and Beyond Citizen Awards March 25, 2008 at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia

September 27, 2021

Afghanistan War
The U.S. War in Afghanistan

The Taliban surged back to power two decades after U.S.-led forces toppled its regime in what led to the United States’ longest war.

June 11, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
End the ‘Forever War’ Cliché

The war in Afghanistan needed to wind down. But Washington is learning the wrong lesson.

Senators Mike Lee (R-UT), Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) speak after the senate voted on a resolution ending U.S. military support for the war in Yemen on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., December 13, 2018.

April 8, 2021

News Release
New Book Traces CFR’s 100-Year History

America’s preeminent organization devoted to international relations and U.S. foreign policy has released a new book assessing its first century: the events that led to its founding in 1921, the many…

August 24, 2021

Wars and Conflict
Ethiopia’s Civil War, With Michelle Gavin

Michelle Gavin, senior fellow for Africa Studies at CFR, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the fighting in northern Ethiopia between federal government forces and regional Tigrayan forces.

Podcast Participants shout slogans during a rally against The Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) in Addis Ababa on July 22, 2021.