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September 10, 2018

Cybersecurity
What Do the Trump Administration’s Changes to PPD-20 Mean for U.S. Offensive Cyber Operations?

The White House has reportedly made it easier for U.S. Cyber Command to conduct offensive cyber operations, leading some observers to fret that it will create undue risks of escalation. Those concern…

Paul Nakasone

September 6, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria: What Everyone Needs to Know

Teaching Notes for Nigeria: What Everyone Needs to Know, written by John Campbell, in which he provides an accessible, one-of-a-kind overview of Nigeria.

Teaching Notes for Nigeria by John Campbell and Matthew T. Page

August 28, 2018

U.S. Foreign Policy
State of U.S. Security: A Conversation with CFR's National Intelligence Fellow

After being away from Washington for a year, CFR's Michael P. Dempsey shares his reflections about the state of U.S. national security and highlights emerging trends and hotspots.

White House Truman Balcony

August 16, 2018

Corruption
Latin America Needs Better Judges

Widespread corruption in Latin America’s judicial systems--such as Supreme Court justices engaging in bribery in Colombia and Peru, lawyers rigging judge appointments in Guatemala, and the attorney general firing an investigator for looking into corruption in Mexico--- requires more than laws to fix. It means building a professional civil service. While a daunting task, Chile and Brazil can point the way.

A gavel is seen after a session held by the Supreme Court of Justice in Colombia on September 27, 2017.

August 15, 2018

Saudi Arabia
Tesla: The Risks of a Foreign Buyout

If Tesla goes private with significant funding from Saudi Arabia or other foreign investors, it would raise national security and ethical questions.  

Tesla tires

April 3, 2012

Syria
Merits of a Syrian Cease-Fire

A deadline for cease-fire in Syria is set, but the international community remains divided on ways forward. CFR’s Ed Husain says many questions remain about opposition unity, leadership transition, a…

June 28, 2018

International Law
The Global Implications of Justice Kennedy’s Retirement

Lost in the avalanche of commentary on Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s retirement from the Supreme Court are its potential ramifications for the U.S. role in the world. Over the past three dec…

Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy speaks during a swearing in ceremony for Judge Neil Gorsuch as an associate justice of the Supreme Court in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, U.S. on April 10, 2017.

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

June 12, 2018

Donald Trump
Signals for the Indo-Pacific From Trump’s Summitry

India, which still views U.S. foreign policy with some skepticism, is essential to the success of the "Free and Open Indo-Pacific" strategy. What will New Delhi conclude from the recent U.S. diplomac…

German Chancellor Angela Merkel looks towards U.S. President Donald J. Trump on the second day of the G7 summit on June 9, 2018 in Quebec City, Canada.

June 11, 2018

Donald Trump
At G7 Summit, Trump Takes a Wrecking Ball to the West

The outcome of the G7 summit suggests Trump is prepared to abandon the transatlantic relationship, and even the concept of “the West,” as pillars of U.S. global engagement.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks to U.S. President Donald J. Trump during the second day of the G7 meeting in Charlevoix, Canada on June 9, 2018.