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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

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…

September 15, 2010

Military Operations
Discrete U.S. Military Operations Have Been Ineffective, Argues CFR’s Micah Zenko in New Book

Limited military force—using enough force to resolve a problem while minimizing U.S. military deaths, local civilian casualties, and collateral damage—has increased since the end of the Cold War desp…

October 15, 2015

Global
Think Like the Enemy, Urges Zenko in New Book on Red Teams

With the U.S. government still dealing with the fallout from the cyber theft of over twenty million personnel records in 2014—one of the largest data breaches in history—a new book from Council on Fo…

September 10, 2021

Noncommunicable Diseases
Noncommunicable Diseases Kill Slowly in Normal Times and Quickly in COVID-19 Times

Why addressing chronic diseases is crucial for future pandemic preparedness

Marcelo Louzada stands in a blue room, holding his cell phone, which features a photo of his brother Valdemar Louzada, thirty-eight, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Valdemar suffered from obesity and died from COVID-19 in May 2020.

November 1, 2015

Global
Red Team: How to Succeed By Thinking Like the Enemy

Teaching Notes for Red Team: How to Succeed By Thinking Like the Enemy by CFR Senior Fellow Micah Zenko.

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May 25, 2017

Afghanistan
Did Killing Mullah Mansour Work?

In May 2016, President Barack Obama authorized a U.S. military drone strike that killed Taliban leader, Mullah Akhtar Mansour. A year later, we can judge whether this leadership “decapitation” strike…

Afghan security forces

March 6, 2014

United States
Guest Post: Conflict Prevention Challenges in 2014

Anna Feuer and Helia Ighani are research associates in the Center for Preventive Action at the Council on Foreign Relations. The Syrian civil war highlights some of the most challenging features of …

Free Syrian Army Fighter

June 2, 2010

Pakistan
Raising the Curtain on U.S. Drone Strikes

Despite recent successes, unmanned drone strikes in Afghanistan and Pakistan remain a controversial tactic. CFR’s Micah Zenko says the Obama administration must shed new details on the "worst kept co…

August 20, 2014

Military Operations
Guest Post: The ISIS Video and Military Strategy in Iraq

Col. Clint Hinote, U.S. Air Force, is a Military Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He holds a PhD in military strategy, and he recently returned from Korea where he commanded a U.S. air bas…

Obama on Foley