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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

May 2, 2017

Why Hollywood Needs More Than Just “Chinese Ingredients”

Larry Hong is an intern in the Asia program at the Council on Foreign Relations and a senior at Columbia University. This is the second post in his three-part series on the relationship between Holly…

Actor Jackie Chan reacts as he accepts his honorary award as actor Chris Tucker (C) looks on at the 8th Annual Governors Awards in Los Angeles, California on U.S., November 12, 2016. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)

April 5, 2017

Some Reasons for New Tensions Over Cambodia’s Debt

In recent months, the issue of Cambodia’s Indochina War-era debt to the United States, for which the U.S. government still demands repayment, has resurfaced once again. A recent lengthy New York Time…


March 17, 2014

The Global Politics of Universal Health Care

This guest post is from Yanzhong Huang, senior fellow for Global Health at the Council on Foreign Relations, and CFR Research Associate Jay T. Chittooran. Global momentum is building for universal h…

A Public Heath Ministry official tests a child for malaria, Kanchanaburi Province, Thailand, October 2012 (Courtesy Reuters/Sukree Sukplang).

December 23, 2013

Middle East and North Africa
The Killings in Aleppo

The city of Aleppo in Syria is under air attack by Bashar al-Assad’s air force. As al-Arabiya reported, The Syrian air force on Sunday bombed a neighborhood in the northern city of Aleppo killing a…

May 13, 2013

The U.S. Demographic “Advantage” Reconsidered

In the litany of Washington debates about current and future U.S. economic competitiveness, demographics is consistently placed on the advantage side of the U.S. competitiveness ledger. A broad view …

President Obama holds up a baby after speaking in Las Vegas (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters).

November 13, 2013

Are Iran Sanctions a "March to War?"

White House spokesman Jay Carney yesterday called any effort to adopt additional sanctions against Iran "a march to war."  Here, from The Cable, is the quote: It is important to understand that if p…

February 21, 2013

Are Iran Sanctions Working?

It’s a commonplace to say that sanctions against Iran are tighter than ever and are working. Here’s an example from White House spokesman Jay Carney last Fall: "We have diplomatic isolation and inter…

October 21, 2012

United States
How Not to Help Lebanon

A bombing today in Beirut assassinated the head of the Intelligence Bureau of that country’s Internal Security Forces, Wissam Hassan, a Sunni officer who was a leading foe of the Assad regime and of …

July 29, 2012

United States
Romney and Obama on Israel Policy

Because Mitt Romney has repeatedly said he would not criticize President Obama or U.S. foreign policy while abroad, it has been unclear what he would say in Israel to separate himself from current po…