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December 1, 2021

Robots and Artificial Intelligence
Two Cheers for the Department of Defense’s New Data and Artificial Intelligence Leadership Initiative

The reorganization proposal will face bureaucratic hurdles, but if it succeeds, it could make U.S. data and AI leadership more likely.

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin speaking into a microphone. Behind him is a sign with an image of the Pentagon.

November 3, 2021

Trade
Why Are Supply Chains Blocked?

Because there is relatively little slack built into global supply chains, large deviations from normal patterns produce delayed responses, shortages, backlogs, and bottlenecks, like those today.

Container ships wait off the coast of the congested Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach on October 1, 2021.

September 14, 2021

United States
More Resources Worth Exploring About 9/11

With the twentieth anniversary of 9/11 this past Saturday, we share resources that readers flagged for us or that we otherwise missed about that day and its consequences

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September 8, 2021

United States
Seven Movies Worth Watching About 9/11

With the twentieth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks this Saturday, we recommend sources for better understanding 9/11 and its aftermath. Today: seven movies about 9/11.

Movies

August 27, 2021

U.S. Foreign Policy
Five Movies Worth Watching About Foreign-Policy Conspiracies

Every summer Friday, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: films about conspiracies in the halls of power. 

Three movie posters in black frames. From left: The Manchurian Candidate (a sketch of a man, a gun, and a queen of hearts card); JFK (a man looks out from a red, white, and blue design); Kill the Messenger (a man with the U.S. Capitol Building reflected in his sunglasses).

August 25, 2021

Technology and Innovation
To Protect U.S. Economic and National Security, Biden Should Address Concentration in the Defense Sector

Reforming the defense sector, and exploring alternative pathways for federal investment, should be priorities for the Biden administration.

Workers can be seen on the moving line and forward fuselage assembly areas for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter at Lockheed Martin Corp's factory located in Fort Worth, Texas in this October 13, 2011 handout photo provided by Lockheed Martin.

August 25, 2021

China
A Review of Rush Doshi’s “The Long Game: China’s Grand Strategy to Displace American Order”

Rush Doshi’s landmark new book fills in key gaps in the United States’ understanding of China’s strategy and what it means for U.S. policy.

Warships and fighter jets of Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy take part in a military display in the South China Sea on April 12, 2018.

August 25, 2021

United States
Seven Podcasts Worth Listening to About 9/11

With the twentieth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks approaching, we recommend sources for better understanding 9/11 and its aftermath. This week: seven podcasts worth listenin…

Podcasts

August 20, 2021

Wars and Conflict
Five Foreign-Policy Movies Worth Watching About Being in Combat

Every summer Friday, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: films about the experience of war. 

Three movie posters: Platoon (a helmet lies upside down beneath a line of soldiers); The Thin Red Line (a close up of three soldiers’ faces in grass); 1917 (two soldiers run into a sunrise).

August 13, 2021

Wars and Conflict
Five Foreign-Policy Movies Worth Watching About Real-Life Heroism

Every summer Friday, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: films inspired by actual heroes. 

Three movie posters: "Black Hawk Down" (man sits with a gun); "Gary Cooper Sergeant York" (man in helmet crouches with a gun); "Beneath Hill 60" (a woman and two men look out above the photo of a group of men in mining gear).