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July 15, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
Burundi: What Went Wrong?

This is a guest post by Claire Wilmot, an intern for the Council on Foreign Relations Africa Program. She is a master of global affairs candidate at the University of Toronto. Over the weekend, 170 …

Burundi Protester

December 11, 2014

United States
This Week: Torture Report Reactions, Failed Yemen Rescue, and a Deadly Palestinian Protest

Significant Developments CIA Torture Report. Official reaction in the Middle East to the release yesterday of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report on torture has been muted so far, wit…

Feinstein 12.11.14 final

December 8, 2014

Global
Ten Elections to Watch in 2015

Millions of people around the world went to the polls this year. Indians and Indonesians elected new leaders, while Brazilians and South Africans voted to keep the ones they had. Turks elevated their…

Goodluck-Jonathan

January 24, 2014

Intelligence
You Might Have Missed: USS Cowpens, French Reapers, and the World Economic Forum

Samuel J. Locklear III, Commander of U.S. Pacific Command, “Department of Defense Press Briefing by Admiral Locklear in the Pentagon Briefing Room,” U.S. Department of Defense, January 23, 2014. Q: …

USS Cowpens

December 30, 2013

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Remembering Ten World Figures Who Died in 2013

Last Thursday, I wrote about ten Americans who died in 2013 who helped shape U.S. foreign policy through their vision, service, intellect, or courage. Below are ten world figures who died in 2013. Ea…

The sun sets over Clifton Beach in Cape Town, South Africa. (Mike Hutchings/Courtesy Reuters)

February 22, 2013

United States
You Might Have Missed: Afghanistan, Mali, and Chinese Drones

Steven Erlanger, “An Unexpected Mission for France’s Defense Minister,” New York Times, February 19, 2013. One of the most shocking lessons for him from Mali, Mr. Le Drian said, was the lack of Fren…

Mali soldiers

October 16, 2012

United States
TWE Remembers: The Executive Committee of the National Security Council (Cuban Missile Crisis)

One of the first decisions that President John F. Kennedy made when he learned of the Soviet missiles in Cuba was to assemble a small group of senior administration officials to give him advice. That…

President John F. Kennedy meets with members of the Executive Committee of the National Security Council (ExCom) regarding the crisis in Cuba on October 29, 1962.  (Cecil Stoughton. White House Photographs. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston)

September 20, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
Burundi’s Ongoing Conflict and African Elections

A woman mourns during the burial of a man killed after gunmen burst into a bar in Gatumba, 15 km (9 miles) west of the Burundian capital Bujumbura, September 19, 2011. (Jean Pierre Harerimana/Courtes…

Burundi’s Ongoing Conflict and African Elections

November 4, 2011

Friday File: Remembering the Iranian Hostage Crisis

Letter from President Jimmy Carter to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini regarding the release of American hostages, dated November 6, 1979. (Courtesy the National Archives) Above the Fold. Thirty-two year…

Letter from Jimmy Carter to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini regarding the Release of the Iranian Hostages, 11/06/1979 (ARC Identifier: 593939); File Unit: Iran: 11/1-14/79; JC-NSA: Records of the Office of the National Security Advisor (Carter Administration), 1977 - 1981; Jimmy Carter Library, Atlanta, GA; National Archives and Records Administration.

May 2, 2011

Technology and Innovation
Security and U.S.-Sino Scientific Collaboration

Space shuttle Discovery lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida on February 24, 2011. Six astronauts were aboard on a mission to the International Space Station. (Pierre Du…

Security and U.S.-Sino Scientific Collaboration