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July 4, 2019

Military Operations
Our Military Deserves Thanks on July 4—But Politicians, Press, and Civilians? Not So Much

Honoring the commitment, sacrifice and courage of our all-volunteer military, especially on the Fourth of July, should never be considered controversial or divisive. The U.S. military pledges its loy…

American flags

May 23, 2019

United States
Trump's Next Fed Nominee Wants a Gold Standard. It's an Idea Past Its Time.

In January 1986, Ronald Reagan marched into a meeting of his economic advisory board and let off steam about inflation. “I used to pay $50 for a suit,” he fumed. “Now $50 will hardly get it cleaned.”…

December 11, 2018

Saudi Arabia
Mohammed bin Salman Is Worse Than a Criminal. He’s a Symbol.

Why is everyone so angry about Saudi Arabia's crown prince? Jamal Khashoggi is only a small part of the story.

A demonstrator wearing a mask of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a protest outside the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul, Turkey October 25, 2018. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

November 8, 2018

U.S. Foreign Policy
Election Will Embolden Trump on Trade

Asia must accept that Democrat House win will not upset America First approach.

US President Trump

October 29, 2018

Donald Trump
Commentary: How Trump Should, but Probably Won't, Confront Saudi Arabia

The latest Saudi explanation of what happened to journalist Jamal Khashoggi — that his murder was premeditated by his assailants — is no more acceptable an explanation than the earlier versions, that…

Khashoggi murder

April 18, 2018

Iran
Five Lessons Trump Can Take From the Iran Deal for the North Korea Summit

With U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement that CIA Director Mike Pompeo’s meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jung Un to prepare for a summit meeting went “very smoothly,” demands for a strate…

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, inspects a Hwasong-12 ballistic missile at an undisclosed location on May 14, 2017. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via Getty Images)

September 14, 2018

Financial Markets
The Dangerous Myth We Still Believe About the Lehman Brothers Bust

The new consensus about the cause of the 2008 financial crisis is seductive — and misleading. Sebastian Mallaby presents an alternative opinion.

A street sign for Wall Street is seen outside the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in Manhattan, New York City.

April 24, 2018

Defense and Security
Demographics of the U.S. Military

Deployed around the world, the armed forces are a pillar of U.S. power and influence abroad, but many are unfamiliar with its composition. CFR examines the U.S. military by gender, race, geography and other demographic factors.

Military

January 19, 2018

Russia
Containing Russia, Again: An Adversary Attacked the United States—It’s Time to Respond

The United States must respond to Russia's interference in the 2016 elections by pursuing a strategy of containment. Without a comprehensive response, Russia's meddling will continue.

Reuters

October 24, 2017

China
Empowering China’s New Miracle Workers

China’s success in the next five years will depend largely on how well the government manages the tensions underlying its complex agenda. In particular, China’s leaders will need to balance a muscula…

China's President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang