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January 15, 2020

Technology and Innovation
Robots That Kill

Militaries around the world are designing artificial intelligence–powered weapons that could one day make their own decisions about who to target. The technology could change the scope of warfare, bu…

Podcast Unmanned military drone flying in the sky.

December 4, 2019

Space
Space Jam

Space is getting crowded. The biggest challenge is space junk—the debris that results when satellites break up or get shot down. If we aren’t careful, space junk, and space conflict, could cause a lo…

Podcast Fragments of space junk surround a planet against blackness and a field of stars.

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.

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

July 11, 2017

Trade
What Americans Really Think About Trade: A Conversation with Alexandra Guisinger

Senior Fellow Micah Zenko speaks with Temple University Assistant Professor of Political Science Alexandra Guisinger about her new book, American Opinion on Trade: Preferences Without Politics, and h…

Podcast Trump hands pen to president of the United Steelworkers

June 27, 2017

Middle East and North Africa
Tahrir Square, Six Years Later: A Conversation with Steven A. Cook

Zenko is joined by Steven A. Cook, CFR's Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies. They discuss Cook's latest book, False Dawn, and U.S. policy in the Middle East and North Africa.

Podcast Cover of False Dawn by Steven A. Cook

June 23, 2017

U.S. Foreign Policy
You Might Have Missed: Academic Journals VI

This is the sixth blog post in this series. The previous five were published in February, July, and October 2015, and January and May 2016, and highlight earlier academic findings. This post was coau…

woman looks into a book