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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

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

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 13, 2018

Military Operations
CFR Welcomes Visiting Fellows

September 11, 2018—The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) welcomes the 2018–19 visiting fellows to the David Rockefeller Studies Program. Selected fellows have the opportunity to broaden their perspe…

August 16, 2018

Cameroon
Anglophone Crisis in Cameroon was Decades in the Making

The Anglophone crisis in southwestern Cameroon is getting worse, and outside observers are beginning to notice. According to Amnesty International, “alarm bells are ringing” in Congress over Cameroon, and on July 31, Karen Pierce, the Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations, tweeted that there is “lots of interest” in the crisis among UN representatives in New York.

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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

July 27, 2018

Syrian Civil War
Global Conflict This Week: Pro-Government Forces Advance in Southwest Syria

Developments in conflicts across the world that you might have missed this week.

Explosion in Syria, from Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

July 25, 2018

Cameroon
Cameroon’s Failure of Politics

Cameroon is a country in crisis. Longstanding tensions between the center and periphery have morphed into brutal conflicts, with government forces confronting Boko Haram in the north and Anglophone separatists in the west. Over one hundred eighty thousand people have been displaced.

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July 19, 2018

Cameroon
President Biya of Cameroon Seeking Reelection Amid Controversy

Biya, at eighty-five years old, is seeking a seventh consecutive term that would extend his thirty-six-year rule as Cameroon's president until 2025.

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July 19, 2018

Somalia
Lessons Learned in Somalia: AMISOM and Contemporary Peace Enforcement

How can a look at AMISOM shed light on the major questions about peace enforcement missions and the international partnerships that underpin them? 

AMISOM peacekeepers in the outskirts of Mogadishu