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September 14, 2018

Financial Markets
The Dangerous Myth We Still Believe About the Lehman Brothers Bust

The new consensus about the cause of the 2008 financial crisis is seductive — and misleading. Sebastian Mallaby presents an alternative opinion.

A street sign for Wall Street is seen outside the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in Manhattan, New York City.

July 11, 2018

U.S. Foreign Policy
The Road Not Taken

Teaching Notes for The Road Not Taken, written by CFR Senior Fellow Max Boot, on the biography of Edward Lansdale that reframes our understanding of the Vietnam War.

The Road Not Taken Teaching Notes by Max Boot

June 18, 2018

Conflict Prevention
More, Better Assessments Can Help Prevent Conflict

The United States could do more to effectively help prevent violent conflicts around the world.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

November 17, 2010

Economic Crises
A Conversation with Lawrence H. Summers

Lawrence H. Summers, director of the National Economic Council, remarks on volatile currency exchange rates, unstable European markets, and the negative effects of financial policy on organic economi…

May 15, 2018

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
What Is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)?

Though President Trump withdrew from the TPP, the remaining members of the trade pact have forged ahead with a new version, leaving the U.S. role in the Asia-Pacific in question.

CPTPP signing

May 7, 2018

Political History and Theory
The Marshall Plan

Teaching Notes for The Marshall Plan, written by CFR Senior Fellow Benn Steil

Marshall Plan Teaching Notes

March 19, 2008

United States
HBO History Makers Series: Lawrence Summers

LS: I didn't share many of the policy preferences of that administration, I found the experience to be one that was very interesting. I think from that point forward I hoped I would have a chance to …

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…

December 27, 2017

United States
Ten American Foreign Policy Influentials Who Died in 2017

Year’s end is a time for taking stock, counting successes, and assessing failures. It is also time for remembering those who are no longer with us. Here are ten Americans who died in 2017 who through…

American obituaries

December 20, 2017

Global Governance
Desperately Seeking Sherpas: Ten Global Summits to Watch in 2018

The Trump administration’s approach to ten critical global summits in the year ahead will show whether its pullback from multilateralism in 2017 was an aberration or the start of a new normal.

Jonathan Ernst/Reuters