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January 5, 2021

Political History and Theory
The Council on Foreign Relations at 100: The History

2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the Council on Foreign Relations. Since its inception in 1921, the Council has been guided by an unwavering set of core principles: independence, nonpartisanship, …

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October 25, 2013

Global
Global Responses to NSA Surveillance: Three Things to Know

The latest revelations about NSA surveillance have caused a growing number of states to focus on issues of privacy, governance, and the free flow of digital information, says CFR’s Karen Kornbluh.

January 30, 2012

Vietnam
Lessons Learned: The Tet Offensive

CFR’s James M. Lindsay recalls the 1968 Tet Offensive in Vietnam and the importance of managing public expectations amid major foreign policy initiatives.

May 2, 2011

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
After bin Laden: What’s Next for Obama

James M. Lindsay, Senior Vice President and Director of Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, discusses how the news that U.S. Special Forces have killed Osama bin Laden will influence U.S. fo…

March 6, 2012

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
From the Archives: Ashton Carter on Defense Strategy for the 21st Century

In a March 2012 meeting, President Obama’s nominee for defense secretary explains how the United States is transforming its military and defense strategy in the face of funding cutbacks.

July 2, 2013

Egypt
Egypt’s Protests: Three Things to Know

Egyptian protestors’ return to the streets signals the public’s discontent with President Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood’s authoritarian tendencies and economic mismanagement, says CFR’s Isobel Col…

September 1, 2011

Homeland Security
9/11 Perspectives: U.S. Disaster Preparedness

Laurie Garrett, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, explores the lasting impact of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and the anthrax attacks that followed …

June 12, 2020

Election 2020
How to Vote During a Pandemic

As countries consider how and when to vote in the coming months, here's what experts recommend for holding safe and secure elections during the coronavirus pandemic.

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April 27, 2015

United States
Cybersecurity Debate: Three Things to Know

The White House and Congress have several differences to reconcile on cybersecurity legislation, explains CFR’s Robert Knake.

July 17, 2015

Iran
Iran’s Nuclear Deal: Three Things to Know

Talks over Iran’s nuclear program have concluded with a deal that will limit Iran’s nuclear capabilities in exchange for relief from economic and financial sanctions. Before the sanctions are lifted,…