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January 15, 2021

United States
A Unique Military Force: The U.S. National Guard

The National Guard is a special part of the U.S. military that answers to both state governors and the president. In some instances, how leaders have used the Guard has generated controversy, particu…

Members of the Connecticut National Guard survey flooded areas in Florida from a helicopter as part of the response to Hurricane Irma.

December 18, 2020

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: How Much Foreign Policy Leverage Is Trump Leaving Biden?

Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: The Biden administration may have less leverage to strike winning deals than he, and …

President-Elect Joe Biden stands behind a podium labelled "Office of the President Elect."

July 30, 2019

Elections and Voting
Pete Buttigieg

CFR invited the presidential candidates challenging President Trump in the 2020 election to articulate their positions on twelve critical foreign policy issues. Candidates’ answers are posted exactly…

Pete Buttigieg

September 18, 2020

United States
The United States Air Force Celebrates Its 73rd Birthday Today

The United States Air Force (USAF) turns 73 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

September 9, 2020

Japan
Beginning the Post-Abe Era

Prime Minister Abe Shinzo will resign on September 16, two days after the LDP elects the next president of the party. His long tenure in office gave Abe the opportunity to leave his mark on his party…

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and former Defence Minister Shigeru Ishiba attend a speech session for the LDP leadership election in Tokyo.

August 19, 2019

Election 2020
Meet Pete Buttigieg, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Update: Pete Buttigieg announced on March 1, 2020, that he was ending his campaign. Fact can be more interesting than fiction. In 2000, a high school senior won the John F. Kennedy Presidential Li…

Pete Buttigieg

August 21, 2020

Wars and Conflict
Five Movies About Foreign Intrigue Worth Watching

Each Friday this summer, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: tales of espionage and conspiracy.

Movie posters clockwise from the top left: Bridge of Spies/Amazon; Notorious/ReelGood; The Third Man/FilmSite; Argo/Awards Circuit; The Spy Who Came in from the Cold/YouTube; Three Days of the Condor/FanArt.

June 5, 2020

United States
Trump’s Threat to Use the Military Against Protesters: What to Know

Amid protests against racial injustice, can President Trump deploy the military to bring “law and order” to American streets?

August 9, 2016

United Kingdom
Scotland After Brexit

As a result of the Brexit vote to leave the European Union, the United Kingdom is likely to see another Scottish independence referendum in its future.

March 11, 2020

Iran
The Only Sensible Iran Strategy Is Containment

The most effective plan against the Islamic Republic has always been the most obvious—and the one nobody in Washington seems willing to try.

Missiles are displayed by Iran's army during the ceremony of the National Army Day parade in Tehran, Iran September 22, 2019.