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November 15, 2019

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: November 15, 2019

Angela Merkel urges European Union to reclaim control over data; Suspected Chinese hackers target U.S. manufacturing industry group; Brazil to break ranks with United States on Huawei, says Chinese a…

 A Hikvision surveillance camera is seen on the Drum Tower in downtown Beijing, China June 19, 2019. Picture taken June 19, 2019.

November 4, 2019

U.S. Foreign Policy
What Would "Restraint" Really Mean for U.S. Foreign Policy?

Proponents of restraint need to clarify what the term means, how to implement it, and its implications for U.S. national interests and world order.   

A convoy of U.S. vehicles withdraws from northern Syria.

October 9, 2019

Sub-Saharan Africa
The Origins of African States, and Their Names

An article on the origins of the names of African countries was recently published in Quartz. It includes a map of the continent in 1885, shortly after the Berlin Conference. Portuguese and Arabic traders and explorers are the origins of some names, European mispronunciation of tribal names are the origins of others.

A bird flies in front of Mount Kenya on the horizon in Laikipia national park, Kenya.

September 20, 2019

Global Governance
Five Centuries after Magellan, Globalization Needs to Grow Up—and Fast

On this anniversary of Magellan's first expedition to circumnavigate the globe, we should reflect on the trajectory globalization has taken—and adopt a more cosmopolitan approach to life on our shrin…

17th Century Map

September 18, 2019

United States
The United States Air Force Celebrates Its 72nd Birthday Today

The United States Air Force (USAF) turns 72 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 …

U.S. Air Force

August 10, 2005

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Interview with Major Isaiah Wilson III on Pentagon reform

The Defense Department has developed war plans to thwart terrorist attacks within the United States, raising the possibility that ground troops may be dispatched on U.S. soil in the event of an emerg…

June 19, 2013

Heads of State and Government
Obama’s Broader Message in Berlin

The president’s speech combined lofty idealism and pragmatic realism at the iconic Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on Wednesday, says CFR’s Charles Kupchan.

August 20, 2019

United States
Back-to-School Reading Special

Every year CFR.org editor Bob McMahon and I record a summer reading episode of CFR’s “The World Next Week” podcast. We usually do it in June as we entertain visions of leisurely summer days yet to co…

Books

August 16, 2018

China
New Tariffs Hit Chinese Imports, Putin and Merkel Meet in Berlin

The trade war between the United States and China intensifies, and Vladimir Putin and Angela Merkel meet in Germany.

Podcast Chinese and U.S. flags are set up for a signing ceremony at China's Ministry of Transport in Beijing.

November 4, 2014

United States
The Fall of the Berlin Wall: the Cold War’s Last Days

CFR's Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, Robert D. Blackwill, Vitaly Churkin, permanent representative of the Russian Federation to the Unit…