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The Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Chair in National Security Studies

The endowed chair creates a position for a leading scholar or policymaker whose outlook is consistent with the best of American traditions and mirrors the commitment Kirkpatrick brought to her work in government and academia.

May 6, 2019

Libya
Loving Dictators Is as American as Apple Pie

Trump has embraced yet another strongman, this time in Libya. But it’s not just a personal failing—it’s a national tradition.

U.S. President Donald Trump gestures as he addresses the 148th National Rifle Association (NRA) annual meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S., April 26, 2019.

November 19, 2018

Defense and Security
Women and the Syrian Peace Process: A Conversation with Mariam Jalabi

Mariam Jalabi, co-founder of the Syrian Women’s Political Movement and the Syrian National Council’s representative to the United Nations, reflects on Syria’s future and women's participation in the …

Mariam Jalabi, co-founder of the Syrian Women’s Political Movement and the Syrian National Council’s representative to the United Nations, speaks with CFR's Jamille Bigio.

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Annual Report

The 2019 Annual Report from the Council on Foreign Relations provides a review of the year's meetings, outreach, publications, and events. It also includes highlights from the Corporate Program, Council of Councils, CFR Campus, and Independent Task Force Program.

June 26, 2019

Religion
U.S. Involvement in the Middle East

Steven A. Cook, Bernard A. Haykel, and Ariane M. Tabatabai discuss U.S.-Middle East policy, with Trudy S. Rubin moderating, as part of the 2019 CFR Religion and Foreign Policy Workshop.

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January 9, 2018

Vietnam War
In New Book, Max Boot Argues One CIA Operative Could Have Changed the Course of the Vietnam War

January 9, 2018—The Vietnam War “might have taken a very different course—one that was less costly and potentially more successful—if the counsel of this CIA operative and Air Force officer had b…

April 2, 2019

U.S. Foreign Policy
The Road Not Taken

In chronicling the adventurous life of legendary CIA operative Edward Lansdale, The Road Not Taken definitively reframes our understanding of the Vietnam War.

May 30, 2017

Saudi Arabia
Donald in Arabia: What Did We Learn From Trump's Encounter With the Saudi Monarchy?

While Trump's visit to the famously repressive Saudi kingdom was quite a show, U.S. policy looks awfully familiar.

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February 24, 2017

Politics and Government
The Deep State Comes to America

In Egypt and Turkey, grand government conspiracies are a reality. In the United States, they're little more than fantasy.

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December 18, 2018

Global
What to Worry About in 2019

Panelists discuss potential and ongoing crises that may erupt or escalate in 2019, as well as their global political implications, and explore the results of the 2019 Preventive Priorities Survey, co…

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