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September 18, 2020

United States
The United States Air Force Celebrates Its 73rd Birthday Today

The United States Air Force (USAF) turns 73 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

August 4, 2020

United States
Happy 230th Birthday to the U.S. Coast Guard!

The United States Coast Guard celebrates its 230th birthday today. The Coast Guard was created on August 4, 1790, when the first Congress authorized Secretary of Treasury Alexander Hamilton to constr…

Coast Guard

July 17, 2020

Wars and Conflict
Five Foreign-Policy Comedies Worth Watching

Each Friday this summer, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: comedy movies.

Movie posters clockwise from the top left: To Be or Not to Be/Rotten Tomatoes; Ninotchka/IMDB; Good Morning, Vietnam/Amazon; Stripes/TV Guide; Three Kings/Rotten Tomatoes; The Death of Stalin/Amazon.

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.

June 30, 2020

Syria
U.S. Retrenchment Will Intensify Crisis in Idlib

In order to prevent a humanitarian disaster in Syria and avoid regional instability, the United States should make the outcome of the fight for Idlib a national security concern and exercise the lead…

Two adults and two children walk by a destroyed building on which images of the novel coronavirus have been spray painted in Idlib, Syria.

June 22, 2020

Saudi Arabia
Just How Important Is the Rift Between Qatar and the Saudi Arabia-led Quartet?

Amir Asmar is a Department of Defense analyst and CFR’s national intelligence fellow. Throughout his intelligence career, his primary area of focus has been the Middle East. He held a wide range of a…

Former U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson steps off a plane at an air base in Qatar, on October 24, 2017.

June 19, 2020

United States
Five Foreign-Policy Satires Worth Watching

Each Friday this summer, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: classic satires.

The movie posters from The Great Dictator (yellow with Charlie Chaplin over a globe), Dr. Strangelove (black and white actor smoking a cigarette), In the Loop (two silhouettes, one with U.S. flag the other with the UK flag), MASH (a hand with the peace sign and an army helmet on the finger), Catch-22 (a man walks away from a plane wreckage in the desert), and Wag the Dog (a tape recorder with the presidential seal) arranged in one picture.

June 2, 2020

Space
The Artemis Accords and the Next Generation of Outer Space Governance

The United States is pursuing bilateral agreements to shape international space law.

NASA rolls back the the Artemis launch tower from Pad 39B at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida

May 26, 2020

Coronavirus
Millions at Risk of Gender-Based Violence if COVID-19 Pandemic is Prolonged

Voices from the Field features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development, diplomacy and security challenges. This post is author…

Women keep social distance by holding onto purple ribbons as they protest against domestic violence, amid the spread of COVID-19, in Istanbul, Turkey, May 20, 2020.

May 14, 2020

Coronavirus
The Elements Unfold: A Possible Bottom to Oil Prices

The process of going into lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic has been revealing, especially in regards to oil. There are many elements to the smooth operation of global oil logistics that are n…

Crude oil storage tanks are seen in an aerial photograph at the Cushing oil hub in Cushing, Oklahoma, U.S. April 21, 2020.