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June 25, 2019

The Potential U.S. Ambassadors to Nigeria and South Africa

Nigeria and South Africa have been the two African countries of greatest strategic importance to the United States. They are the two largest economies on the continent, and a major venue for U.S. investment. Historically, the United States and Nigeria have cooperated on African issues of mutual concern.

US Representative to the African Union Mary Beth Leonard looks on during a joint press conference with Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs and US ambassador to Ethiopia at the US Embassy in Addis Ababa, on November 30, 2018

March 27, 2017

United States
Bill Maher Makes Us Dumber: How Ignorance, Fear and Stupid Pop-Culture Clichés Shape Americans’ View of the Middle East

Americans used to be just ignorant about Muslims and the Middle East. Now we're also fearful, stupid and wrong.


January 10, 2017

The Women Driving International Development

Voices from the Field features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is authored by Dana J. Hyde, C…


May 25, 2016

Risk-based Approach Essential to Taming Wave of Cybersecurity Regulation

Pamela S. Passman is the president and CEO of the Center for Responsible Enterprise and Trade (CREATe), which recently published Cyber Risk: Navigating the Rising Tide of Cybersecurity Regulation. T…


January 23, 2015

Podcast: The United States, China, and the Asia Pacific

This past week, renowned China scholars Bates Gill and Linda Jakobson from the United States Studies Center at the University of Sydney visited the Council on Foreign Relations to share their views o…

Troops watch U.S. President Barack Obama talk to U.S. Marines and Australian troops at the RAAF Base in Darwin, November 17, 2011. REUTERS/Larry Downing (AUSTRALIA - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY)

July 5, 2012

Military Operations
How the Obama Administration Justifies Targeted Killings

Despite almost ten years of operations and nearly four hundred airstrikes that killed an estimated three thousand people (both militants and civilians), both the Bush and Obama administrations have p…

Holder Northwestern

March 23, 2012

Regional Organizations
The UN Versus Regional Organizations: Who Keeps the Peace?

In January, the South African government of Jacob Zuma threw down a gauntlet. Taking advantage of the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council (UNSC), South Africa introduced a resolution to ti…

South African President Jacob Zuma speaks during a Security Council meeting during on conflict prevention during the 66th United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York

February 25, 2012

United States
You Might Have Missed: Israel, Food Aid, and the Iranian Nuclear Program

International Atomic Energy Agency, Report on the Islamic Republic of Iran (PDF), February 24, 2012. Ehud Eiran, “What Happens After Israel Attacks Iran,” Foreign Affairs, February 23, 2012. …

Homs tank

September 13, 2011

U.S. College Education Blues

A Boston College student at his graduation. (Brian Snyder/courtesy Reuters) Today’s Washington Post has two troubling stories that touch on the future of American competitiveness. One story covers a…

Political science major Paul Fabsik wears a price tag hanging from his mortarboard estimating the cost of his education during commencement ceremonies at Boston College in Newton, Massachusetts on May 24th. The annual undergraduate tuition at Boston College is $29,839, including room and board. (Brian Snyder/courtesy Reuters)

March 16, 2011

Does the United States Have the Leverage to Press China to Become a Full Global Health Donor?

Mexican soldiers unload boxes with medical aid donated by China at the airport in Oaxaca, Mexico on May 5, 2009. (STR New/Courtesy Reuters) On March 11, I had a debate with Ambassador Jack Chow of C…

Mexican soldiers unload boxes with medical aid donated by China at the airport in Oaxaca, Mexico on May 5, 2009.