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October 4, 2017

Kurds
Unraveling the Oil Geopolitics Intertwined in the Kurdish Independence Referendum

For over a decade, U.S. efforts to promote stability across the Middle East have run afoul of many complexities. The recent independence referendum in the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) territory …

Kirkuk Statue Image

March 15, 2017

Cybersecurity
Hacking Charges Against Russian FSB Officers: A Quick Reaction

This post was co-written with Alex Grigsby, assistant director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy program. This morning, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the indictment of four peo…

April 29, 2016

China
Cyber Week in Review: April 29, 2016

Here is a quick round-up of this week’s technology headlines and related stories you may have missed: 1. Bad endpoint security to blame for Bangladeshi central bank heist? News reports surfaced in F…

Net Politics CFR Cyber

April 29, 2016

China
Friday Asia Update: Five Stories From the Week of April 29, 2016

Rachel Brown, Lincoln Davidson, Gabriella Meltzer, Gabriel Walker, and Pei-Yu Wei look at five stories from Asia this week. 1. Afghan female athletes forced to the sidelines. Despite annual donation…

Afghan Women Sports

April 7, 2016

International Organizations
The Race to Be UN Secretary-General: Five Questions for the Candidates

The following is a guest post by Megan Roberts, associate director of the International Institutions and Global Governance program at the Council on Foreign Relations. Next week the United Nations G…

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon waves as he arrives at the donors Conference for Syria in London, Britain February 4, 2016.

April 24, 2015

Cyber Week in Review: April 24, 2015

Here is a quick round-up of this week’s technology headlines and related stories you may have missed: Secretary of Defense Ash Carter released the Pentagon’s updated cyber strategy. According to …

Ash Carter Cyber Net Politics CFR

September 26, 2012

Diplomacy and International Institutions
History Lessons: The Munich Agreement

A new installment of “History Lessons” is now out. This time I examine the signing of the Munich Agreement in the early morning hours of September 30, 1938. (The agreement itself is dated September 2…

February 2, 2012

Defense and Security
The World Next Week: The United Nations Debates Syria

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed the current debate on whether to demand political change in Syria; the forty-eighth Munich International Security Conference; and the tw…

  The United Nations Security Council meets at the U.N. headquarters on January 31, 2012 to discuss Syria. (Mike Segar/courtesy Reuters)

December 12, 2011

International Organizations
Nuggets from the World Policy Conference

Austrian President Heinz Fischer makes a speech at the opening of the World Policy Conference at the historic Hofburg palace in Vienna December 9, 2011. The World Policy Conference is devoted to the …

Nuggets from the World Policy Conference

December 31, 2010

Friday File: Let it Snow

Above the Fold. President Obama had the right idea in heading off to Hawaii. I opted for Boston and was rewarded with 20-plus inches of snow. That would have been great if I liked to ski or shovel …

Friday File: Let it Snow