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September 14, 2018

Conflict Prevention
Seventeen Years After 9/11 and Still Vulnerable to Strategic Surprise

The United States still does not have an effective strategic foresight system to assess and mitigate geopolitical risks. 

Tribute in Light installation in New York City

April 3, 2018

South Africa
Court Decision Shines Light on Race Relations in South Africa

There has been backlash among white South Africans. Some have argued that she was upset after having just been robbed (this was part of her defense in court as well), while others have complained that black insults and threats to whites—especially by political figures—have gone unpunished.

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July 26, 2018

Conflict Prevention
Preventive Engagement

Teaching Notes for Preventive Engagement, written by CFR Senior Fellow Paul Stares, in which he provides a comprehensive blueprint for how the United States can manage a more turbulent world.

Teaching Notes for Preventive Engagement by Paul B. Stares

September 19, 2017

Rwanda
A Conversation With Paul Kagame of Rwanda

For further reading, please see the Foreign Affairs article “Kagame’s Unrivaled Power” by Tom Gardner, the CFR blog post “Empowering Women in Developing Economies” by Melanne Verveer and Mathilde Muk…

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June 12, 2018

Conflict Prevention
Strength Through Peace: A New Blog From the Center for Preventive Action

A new CFR blog explores how the United States can avoid war, stay strong, and keep the peace. 

U.S. soldier aboard helicopter in Afghanistan

September 21, 2018

China
China Pledges $60 Billion in Financing to an Increasingly Debt-Distressed Africa

On September 3 and 4, leaders of fifty-three African nations gathered in Beijing for the seventh Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), where President Xi Jinping unveiled a new pledge of $60 billion in financing for Africa.

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September 18, 2018

United States
The United States Air Force Celebrates Its 71st Birthday Today

The United States Air Force (USAF) turns 71 years-old today. On September 18, 1947, Chief Justice Fred Vinson swore in Stuart Symington as the first secretary of the air force, officially founding a …

Air Force Birthday 2018

October 16, 2012

Light Blogging

Blogging will be light for the next few weeks. In the meantime, here are some interesting new releases on the Middle East that you may enjoy: The Politics of Nationalism in Modern Iran by Ali Ansar…

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September 7, 2018

India
What Next for U.S.-India Military Ties?

A new agreement between top U.S. and Indian officials will deepen military cooperation and bolster strategic ties between the two countries.

Mattis and Pompeo in India

September 7, 2018

Russia
Putin Is Sneaking Up on Europe From the South

This article was originally published here on ForeignPolicy.com on August 31, 2018. The first big battles between the U.S. military and the Wehrmacht during World War II were not actually in Europ…

Vladimir Putin at Navy Day with Defense Minister and Admiral