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June 15, 2006

Political History and Theory
HBO History Makers Series: James A. Baker III

EVAN THOMAS:  Welcome to the Council on Foreign Relations evening with James A. Baker.  I’d like to thank, to start out, Richard Plepler and Home Box Office for making this evening possible.  We’re g…

October 1, 2018

United States
How Does the U.S. Spend Its Foreign Aid?

With President Donald J. Trump advocating for deep cuts to U.S. foreign aid, debate has renewed over the role of foreign assistance funds in boosting growth, promoting democracy, and saving lives.

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March 22, 2017

Arctic
U.S. Needs to Plan for Changes in the Arctic

The Arctic holds a grip on the public imagination as a frozen, remote, and inaccessible place – but the Arctic region is rapidly changing, and the United States would do well to take stock of the cha…

An ice-free Northwest Passage is seen in this handout satellite photo from NASA

May 5, 2017

Media
Conference on Diversity in International Affairs

Last week, the Council on Foreign Relations hosted the fifth annual Conference on Diversity in International Affairs in collaboration with the Global Access Pipeline (GAP) and the International Caree…

Calvin Sims and Mira Patel at the Conference on Diversity in International Affairs’ keynote panel.

May 4, 2017

United States
Eleven More Classic Vietnam War Protest Songs

Two years ago, I posted my picks for "The Twenty Best Vietnam Protest Songs." I compiled the list as part of a series of posts commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the first U.S. combat troops a…

Mick Jagger featured in the 1970 documentary, "Gimme Shelter." (Photo : Reuters)

October 9, 2013

Europe and Eurasia
Paul Krugman’s Baltic Bust—Part III

Geo-Graphics posts in July 2010 and 2012 showed that Paul Krugman’s devaluation-driven “Icelandic Miracle” was nothing of the sort – a figment of his having chosen the most favorable possible star…

Paul Krugman’s Baltic Bust—Part III

May 1, 2017

Russia
Russia and the West

Two weeks ago, the Council on Foreign Relations hosted its annual Hauser Symposium. The topic was timely: Russia and the West. The symposium kicked off with a fascinating discussion on the state o…

National flags of Russia and U.S. fly at Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow

April 27, 2017

Venezuela
Facebook Live: The Political and Economic Crisis in Venezuela

I sat down today with my colleague Shannon K. O'Neil to talk about the ongoing political and economic crisis in Venezuela. It was a great conversation about the roots of the crisis and what Venezuela…

Opposition supporters clash with security forces during a rally against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas

April 26, 2017

Wars and Conflict
Lessons from the U.S. Entry Into World War I

Today I had the good luck to talk with three distinguished historians, John Milton Cooper, Jennifer Keene, and Jay Winik about the U.S. decision to enter World War I. All three shared sharp insights …

U.S. soldiers of the 82nd Division stand in formation at Camp Gordon, Georgia in 1917

April 6, 2017

Wars and Conflict
Remembering America’s Entry into the Great War

Today marks the one hundredth anniversary of Congress declaring war on Germany, thereby thrusting the United States into the Great War, or what we know today as World War I. The vote was a major turn…

Architect Joe Weishaar adjusts flags in honor of the fallen Washington area WWI veterans on Veterans Day at DC War Memorial in Washington