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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…

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.

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

March 2, 2017

Heads of State and Government
The (Not-So) Peaceful Transition of Power: Trump’s Drone Strikes Outpace Obama

[Note: This post was updated to reflect additional strikes in Yemen on March 2, March 3, and March 6.] As a candidate, President Donald Trump was deeply misleading about the sorts of military oper…

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February 9, 2017

Afghanistan
Being Honest About U.S. Military Strategy in Afghanistan

Today, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, General John “Mic” Nicholson, testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC). Though it remains the longest war in American history, t…

Afghanistan

January 31, 2017

United States
Ending the South Sudan Civil War: A Conversation with Kate Almquist Knopf

Kate Almquist Knopf, director of the Africa Center for Strategic Studies at the National Defense University, is the author of a recent Center for Preventive Action report on Ending South Sudan’s Civi…

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