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September 13, 2021

9/11
Town Hall: Reflections on 9/11 and Its Legacy

A town hall discussion featuring CFR board members who served in various capacities in the George W. Bush administration. Speakers reflect on the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the impact on U.S. foreign…

Play A visitor traces the date etched in a marble slab on the Wall of Names at the Flight 93 National Memorial before the 15th Anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, September 11, 2016 in Shanksville, PA. United Airlines Flight 93 crashed into a field outside Shanksville, PA with 40 passengers and 4 hijackers aboard on September 11, 2001.

September 10, 2021

9/11
The World 9/11 Made

Evaluating the legacy of September 11, 2001.

A flower placed over names at the September 11th Memorial on September 9, 2021 in New York City

August 27, 2021

U.S. Foreign Policy
Five Movies Worth Watching About Foreign-Policy Conspiracies

Every summer Friday, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: films about conspiracies in the halls of power. 

Three movie posters in black frames. From left: The Manchurian Candidate (a sketch of a man, a gun, and a queen of hearts card); JFK (a man looks out from a red, white, and blue design); Kill the Messenger (a man with the U.S. Capitol Building reflected in his sunglasses).

August 26, 2021

Nigeria
Nigeria Releases Three Israelis and a Nigerian Jew Accused of Separatism

Nigeria’s State Security Service (SSS) in July arrested three Israeli filmmakers and their Nigerian liaison. Following apparent, unpublicized diplomatic intervention, the three Israelis were released; none were ever charged after eighteen days in jail. Their Nigerian liaison was held an additional eleven days before she was released, also never having been charged.

A map of Nigeria's major ethnic groups.

August 15, 2021

Afghanistan
America’s Withdrawal of Choice

The swift fall of Kabul recalls the ignominious fall of Saigon in 1975. Beyond the local consequences—widespread reprisals, harsh repression of women and girls, and massive refugee flows—America’s st…

A U.S. Army helicopter is seen flying over Kabul

July 26, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
Five Questions With Libyan Women Leaders

The Women and Foreign Policy program interviewed five Libyan peace activists to hear about how Libyan women have contributed to the peace process and how international actors can better support them…

Libyan women participate in a protest in Misrata against the government after not receiving enough support following the deaths of family members due to the conflict.

July 22, 2021

Education
Higher Education Webinar: Campus Sustainability and Climate Change Mitigation

V.S. “Raghu” Raghavan, director of sustainability and associate director of the Miller Worley Center for the Environment at Mount Holyoke College, discusses actions campuses can take toward greater s…

Play Students at a fair club on university campus.

June 30, 2021

Elections and Voting
Virtual Roundtable: The Rise of Political Partisanship

The first session of the Threats to American Democracy Roundtable series focuses on the rise of political partisanship. The founders considered factions a grave threat to the new republic. We are now…

Play Voting booth with U.S. flag in the forefront as a woman walks with her ballot in the background

June 24, 2021

Nigeria
Former President Obasanjo Argues for the Unity of Nigeria

Against a backdrop of growing calls for ethnically based separatism, including in former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s native Yorubaland, the former president in a speech laid out the arguments for maintaining Nigeria’s unity—though not at any cost. Speaking June 9 in the Yoruba heartland city of Abeokuta, where he lives in retirement, Obasanjo argued that Nigerians will fare better staying together: “it is better for Nigeria to remain as one indivisible nation than for each tribe to go its separate way.”

Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo is seen with a large group of reporters holding cameras and microphones.

June 10, 2021

U.S. Foreign Policy
Life Lessons Learned with Michèle Flournoy

Michèle Flournoy discusses her distinguished career in public service including working as former undersecretary of defense for policy.  Visit “How I Got Here: Michèle Flournoy” on the Foreign Aff…

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