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July 9, 2012

Trade
Morning Brief: Posner Questions Software Patents

Federal Judge Richard Posner—who recently tossed a major patent case between Apple and Google last month—questions the value of patents in software (Reuters). Posner argues that while innovations in …

Federal Judge Richard Posner poses in his Chambers in Chicago on July 2, 2012 (John Gress/Courtesy Reuters).

September 27, 2018

Economics
The Restructuring of the World

Trade protectionism, together with fears over the national-security implications of technological development, are contributing to a balkanization of the world order. This is not good news for the Un…

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November 15, 2018

United States
Presidents and War Powers

PDF Version. A review of Michael Beschloss, “Presidents of War” (Crown Books, 2018).  *** The U.S. Constitution vests the president with “executive power” and provides that “The President sh…

Lectern with presidential seal

May 11, 2018

Russia
John B. Hurford Memorial Lecture With Michael McFaul

Michael McFaul provides an insider’s perspective on Russia during his time as U.S. ambassador, including his analysis of Russia’s foreign policy from the end of the cold war to the presidency of Vlad…

Play U.S. Ambassador McFaul leaves the Russian Foreign Ministry headquarters in Moscow

November 10, 2018

United States
Happy 243rd Birthday to the United States Marine Corps!

The Marine Corps turns 243 years-old today. On November 10, 1775, the Continental Congress adopted a resolution to create a Marine force composed of two battalions. Since then, the Marines have been …

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September 7, 2007

Defense and Security
A Conversation with Michael V. Hayden

Council on Foreign Relations, New York City, New YorkSeptember 7, 2007STEPHEN FRIEDMAN:  (Off mike) -- line-up for the next 30 days or so of council events:  on September 25th, Stephen Harper, the p…

November 2, 2018

United States
Stephen Kotkin’s “Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929–1941” Wins 2018 CFR Arthur Ross Book Award

November 2, 2018—Professor Stephen Kotkin has won the seventeenth annual Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Arthur Ross Book Award for Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929–1941 (Random House), the second…

November 2, 2018

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: November 2, 2018

This week: another indictment against Chinese actors for cyber-enabled theft of intellectual property, a new U.S. government task force to combat Chinese IP theft, the UK wants to tax Google, and int…

Airplane engine

October 30, 2018

China
Book Review Roundtable: The Third Revolution

China is changing under President Xi Jinping. In my new book, The Third Revolution: Xi Jinping and the New Chinese State, I argue that Xi has taken unprecedented steps to consolidate his authority, h…

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October 31, 2018

Russia
U.S. Cyber Command Targeted Russian Operatives to Deter Election Meddling. Here’s Why.

Although anonymity is generally prized for successful cyber operations, it might not be ideal in all cases, especially if the United States wants to deter an Russia spreading disinformation. 

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