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February 1, 2013

Paula Briscoe: Greenland—China’s Foothold in Europe?

Paula Briscoe is the National Intelligence Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. China’s current and planned investments in Greenland raise concerns, not only about Chinese access to more of t…

A lab manager at Activation laboratories prepares samples of mines to check ore grades of minerals in Nuuk, Greenland, on October 15, 2012.

August 28, 2017

The Tragic Tale of Egypt’s Decline: Is It Also the Story of America’s Future?

Once a diverse, cosmopolitan society, Egypt has descended into corruption, inequality, and bigotry. Sound familiar?


May 1, 2017

Russia and the West

Two weeks ago, the Council on Foreign Relations hosted its annual Hauser Symposium. The topic was timely: Russia and the West. The symposium kicked off with a fascinating discussion on the state o…

National flags of Russia and U.S. fly at Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow

June 16, 2016

What’s Worth Reading This Summer?

CFR.org editor Bob McMahon and I recorded our annual summer reading episode of CFR’s  “The World Next Week” podcast. Elizabeth Saunders, who is a Stanton nuclear security fellow this year at CFR and …

A visitor looks at a book while standing in front of a giant bookshelf at the book fair in Frankfurt

March 25, 2016

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2016 Friday Foreign Policy Roundup: Americans Sour on Free Trade

Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have been lambasting U.S. trade agreements in recent weeks. Their attacks look to be taking a toll on American attitudes toward trade. A year ago, nearly six in ten A…


June 24, 2015

United States
Book Review – “The Hillary Doctrine: Sex & American Foreign Policy”

During her confirmation hearing to become secretary of state, Hillary Clinton told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in no uncertain terms, “I want to pledge to you that as secretary of state I …


November 20, 2012

The U.S. Pivot to Asia: Much More Than a Military Rebalance

Dr. Paula Briscoe is National Intelligence Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. President Obama’s trip to Southeast Asia this week brings into sharp relief the challenges facing the administr…

U.S. President Barack Obama smiles as he poses for a photo with (L-R) Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen, China's Premier Wen Jiabao, and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard at the 21st ASEAN and East Asia summits in Phnom Penh on November 19, 2012.

October 5, 2012

Why Young Democracies Fear YouTube

In the Washington Post  yesterday, Craig Timberg and Paula Moura described the recent jailing of a top Google executive in Brazil, and explored the broader trend of so-called democracies’ attempts to…

A man looks at YouTube at an Internet cafe in Yangon, Myanmar.

December 16, 2011

Politics and Government
Friday File: More GOP Iran Tough Talk

Republican presidential candidates participate in a Republican presidential debate in Sioux City, Iowa, on December 15, 2011.(Pool/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. Iran was the obligatory foreign p…

Republican presidential candidates (L-R), former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman participate in a Republican presidential debate in Sioux City, Iowa, December 15, 2011.

September 27, 2011

TWE Mailbag: Suggested CTBT Readings

A mailbox in downtown Paris. (Charles Platiau/courtesy Reuters) Last Saturday I noted that it had been exactly fifteen years since President Bill Clinton signed the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Tr…

A Mailbox is seen downtown Paris, January 13, 2008. REUTERS/Charles Platiau