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December 7, 2015

Book Review: Red Team by Micah Zenko

As the details of the hacking of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) became public in 2014 and 2015, the refrain from the press, Congress, and the general public was: how could this happen?…

CFR Cyber Net Politics Red Team

June 14, 2018

Laos
A Great Place to Have a War

Teaching Notes for A Great Place to Have a War, written by CFR Senior Fellow Joshua Kurlantzick, on the story of the CIA's covert war in Laos during the Vietnam War.

A Great Place to Have a War Teaching Notes

August 31, 2017

U.S. Foreign Policy
Signing Off

Today is my last day at the Council on Foreign Relations after eight and one-half fun and fulfilling years. An archive of everything I authored or co-authored remains here. Subsequently, this is the …

Bookshelf and model drone in Micah Zenko's office at the Council on Foreign Relations.

January 8, 2013

Yemen
President Obama Should Limit Drone Killings, Argues Micah Zenko in New Report

U.S. drone strike policies undermine the nation’s foreign policy objectives and have resulted in the loss of hundreds of innocent civilian lives, according to a report by CFR Douglas Dillon Fellow Mi…

August 17, 2017

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Bitcoin for Bombs

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are gaining traction as a source of funding for terrorist groups, such as the self-proclaimed Islamic State. Counterterrorism policies should respond accordingly.

A Bitcoin coin

August 9, 2017

Foreign Aid
Why Cutting Foreign Aid Benefits Terrorists

President Trump's proposal to cut USAID funding will not help the United States fight terrorism. 

Shadow on USAID boxes

August 2, 2017

Middle East and North Africa
Geopolitical Information Blockades: A New Norm?

The information blockade on Qatar is an example of states increasingly using internet access policies as a tool against foreign adversaries—and being more brazen about it than they have in the past. …

A sign indicating a route to Qatar embassy in Bahrain

June 19, 2017

Defense and Security
Why Are Civilian Deaths in Iraq and Syria from U.S. Airstrikes Up 60% Under Trump?

Today, I have an op-ed in the New York Times, which they titled: “Why Is the U.S. Killing So Many Civilians in Syria and Iraq?” The piece documents the sudden increase in civilian deaths from the U.S…

Iraq Mosul airstrikes civilians

March 27, 2017

United States
Obama’s Worst Foreign Policy Decision, Two Years Later

You probably missed it, but Saturday was the second anniversary of President Barack Obama’s worst and most indefensible foreign policy decision. Late on the evening of March 25, 2015, the White House…

Yemen

May 18, 2017

Iran
Is Iran’s Election a Litmus Test for the Next Supreme Leader?

Iranians are heading to the polls this Friday to decide Iran’s next president: incumbent Hassan Rouhani or his challenger Ebrahim Raisi. A victory for Raisi could mean he is being tested out for a po…

a girl holds a poster of Rouhani