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December 28, 2018

Global
Ten World Figures Who Died in 2018

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2018 who shaped U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten world figu…

Kofi Annan addresses a news conference UN headquarters in New York, 1997. REUTERS/Jeff Christensen.

December 7, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
Five Questions on the U.S. Strategy on International Education

The Five Questions Series is a forum for scholars, government officials, civil society leaders, and foreign policy practitioners to provide timely analysis of new developments related to the advancem…

A first grade girl who attends the "Treinta y Tres Orientales" elementary school in Montevideo, works in the classroom August 22, 2008.

November 15, 2018

Education
U.S. Strategy on International Education: Why Does It Matter?

USAID Administrator Mark Green and a panel of representatives from government agencies discuss the U.S. government strategy on international basic education and the linkage between international educ…

Play U.S. Strategy on International Education: Why Does it Matter?

September 18, 2017

United States
The United States Air Force Celebrates Its 70th Birthday Today

The United States Air Force (USAF) turns 70 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 Birthday

August 26, 2013

Energy and Environment
Responses to Posts on Alternative Development Measures

My recent posts on alternative development measures generated an outpouring of comments. To keep the conversation going, I would like to highlight some responses to the posts and encourage you to sha…

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May 1, 2012

Human Rights
The Trouble With Europe

From time to time come reminders that the disease of anti-Semitism remains deeply embedded and very widespread in Europe. Some of these are predictable, coming from the extreme right or extreme left,…

September 18, 2016

United States
The United States Air Force Celebrates Its 69th Birthday Today

The United States Air Force (USAF) turns 69 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 …

F-16 U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds fly in formation during a media day ahead of the Los Angeles County Air Show in Lancaster

September 22, 2014

International Organizations
ISIS and Foreign Fighters: Cutting off the Global Pipeline

Coauthored with Daniel Chardell, research associate in the International Institutions and Global Governance program. The videos depicting beheadings of Western civilians by the Islamic State of Iraq…

ISIS fighters stand atop a tank during a military parade in Syria's Raqqa province on June 30, 2014. The parade was held to celebrate the group's declaration of a "caliphate" spanning its territory in Syria and Iraq one day earlier.

November 15, 2013

Defense and Security
You Might Have Missed: Nuclear Iran, Drone Markets, and Terrorism

  “Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement and Relevant Provisions of Security Council Resolutions in the Islamic Republic of Iran,” International Atomic Energy Agency, November 14, 2013. Si…

Iran Nuke Talks 11.15.13

March 13, 2013

Defense and Security
Worldwide Threats Briefing Highlights

Yesterday, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) held its annual open hearing on “National Security Threats to the United States.” First started in 1994, the hearing is the rare instance…

Clapper and Brennan