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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

October 19, 2021

U.S. Foreign Policy
CFR Fellows' Book Launch Series With Martin Indyk

Martin Indyk discusses his new book, Master of the Game: Henry Kissinger and the Art of Middle East Diplomacy. A perceptive and provocative history of Henry Kissinger’s diplomatic negotiations in the…

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October 18, 2021

United States
Colin Powell: An American Life

Colin Powell’s extraordinary career as a soldier-statesman provides a model for how to live one’s life in the public arena at a time few such models can be found.

Secretary of State Colin Powell listens as President Bush speaks on trade promotion authority at the Department of State.

September 28, 2021

Afghanistan War
Afghanistan, Iraq, Vietnam: How the U.S. Has Resettled Its Wartime Allies

The United States has granted tens of thousands of special visas to Afghans who aided U.S. forces, but many others are still waiting. How does this compare with previous efforts?

September 22, 2021

Iraq
A Conversation With President Barham Salih of Iraq

President Barham Salih discusses Iraq's role in regional conflicts and its relationship with the United States. 

Play Iraqi President Barham Salih gestures as he speaks during a joint press conference at the Presidential Complex in Ankara, on January 3, 2019.

September 15, 2021

Somalia
Somalia’s Ongoing Political Crisis Exposes Fundamental Problem for U.S. Policy

The fragile Somali government is on the brink again, consumed by President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed (also known as Farmaajo) and Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble’s tussle for control of the National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA)—a power struggle sharpened by the murder of Ikran Tahlil. Tahlil, who worked for NISA, disappeared this summer.

Protesters hold up a sign with a red "X" drawn across a picture of the Somali president.

September 10, 2021

9/11
The World 9/11 Made

Evaluating the legacy of September 11, 2001.

A flower placed over names at the September 11th Memorial on September 9, 2021 in New York City

August 27, 2021

U.S. Foreign Policy
Five Movies Worth Watching About Foreign-Policy Conspiracies

Every summer Friday, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: films about conspiracies in the halls of power. 

Three movie posters in black frames. From left: The Manchurian Candidate (a sketch of a man, a gun, and a queen of hearts card); JFK (a man looks out from a red, white, and blue design); Kill the Messenger (a man with the U.S. Capitol Building reflected in his sunglasses).

August 23, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Iraq Is the Middle East’s New Power Broker

After decades of offering only chaos, Baghdad is trying to become a leading force in the region. 

U.S. President Joe Biden Speaks with Iraq's Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi during a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., July 26, 2021.

May 18, 2021

Religion
A Conversation With Richard N. Haass

TIPPETT: Well, it is my pleasure to convene this gathering with a few announcements. First of all, welcome, everyone, to this opening session of the CFR Religion and Foreign Policy Workshop. I am Kri…

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