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October 15, 2019

Turkey
NATO’s Turkey Ties Must Change

The Turkish invasion in northern Syria is the latest example of the country’s disregard for NATO values. It’s time to do something about it.

October 30, 2019

Iraq
The Deadly Protests Shaking Iraq: What to Know

Iraq’s struggling economy and government corruption sparked the protests, in which hundreds have died. The governing elite appears shaky, and the stability of the country is at stake.

September 9, 2019

Afghanistan
Time to Reboot the Mistake-Riddled U.S.-Taliban Peace Talks

President Trump’s announcement to halt peace talks in Afghanistan gives U.S. negotiators a chance to correct three critical mistakes.

November 21, 2019

Nigeria
Abacha, Abiola, and Nigeria’s 1999 Transition to Civilian Rule

The 1999 transition of Nigeria from military to civilian, democratic government, is a defining moment in Nigerian history, representing the beginning of the longest, uninterrupted government since independence in 1960. But what exactly transpired during the period of transition, which began in earnest with the death of military dictator Sani Abacha in1998, is not entirely clear. Max Siollun, in a fascinating study of the period, Nigeria’s Soldiers of Fortune, has done us a service by illuminating some of the behind-the-scenes machinations of that period, and putting to bed some of the rumors that passed for history.

A supporter of Chief Mashood Abiola holds up a newpaper during a demonstration outside the family home July 10 to protest about the suspicious nature of his death.

September 5, 2019

News Release
CFR Welcomes Two New Fellows on Climate Change and Europe

September 5, 2019—The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) welcomes two new fellows to the David Rockefeller Studies Program: Alice C. Hill and Matthias Matthijs. Alice C. Hill joins as senior fello…

August 20, 2019

United States
Back-to-School Reading Special

Every year CFR.org editor Bob McMahon and I record a summer reading episode of CFR’s “The World Next Week” podcast. We usually do it in June as we entertain visions of leisurely summer days yet to co…

Books

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…

January 25, 2018

Vietnam War
Max Boot on Lessons of History and Edward Lansdale

CFR's Max Boot joins James M. Lindsay to discuss his new book, The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam.

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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

January 24, 2019

United States
Federal Cybersecurity Needs Its Own Shutdown

The government shutdown could be disastrous for federal network security. In order to mitigate the risk, federal IT employees should shut down as much federal IT infrastructure as possible.

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management building in Washington