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August 14, 2020

World War II
Five Movies About World War II Worth Watching

Each Friday this summer, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: films about the second World War.

Movie posters clockwise from the top left: Mrs. Miniver/TMDB; Schindler’s List/Amazon; The Longest Day/Amazon; Hacksaw Ridge/IMDB; Saving Private Ryan/Fathom Events; Twelve O’Clock High/Heritage Auctions.

February 3, 2020

Cybersecurity
Mapping the Known Unknowns of Cybersecurity Education

Many universities are starting to include cybersecurity as a course of study. While there is a high degree of variation between the selected readings of the syllabi of cybersecurity courses across di…

Stanford University students listen while classmates make a presentation

May 26, 2017

United States
Remembering Whom Memorial Day Honors

The United States has fought twelve major wars and numerous smaller skirmishes in its history. Memorial Day is how we honor the soldiers, sailors, airmen, airwomen, and marines who did not return hom…

Memorial Day 2017

July 30, 2012

Rising to the Challenge: The National Academies and Innovation Policy

Congressional leaders united in outrage earlier this month when they learned that the uniforms for the U.S. Olympic team had been made in China. They would have done better to save their breath and i…

The National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC (SwedishCarina/flickr).

January 14, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
Freedom in the World 2011

Tunisians shout slogans as they demonstrate against Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in Tunis on January 14, 2011 (STR New/Courtesy Reuters) Freedom in the world is declining. Given Hillar…

Freedom in the World 2011

June 15, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
Remarks on Morning in South Africa

The following text is the entirety of John Campbell’s speech delivered as part of the Department of State’s Ralph J Bunche Library Series, on June 8, 2016.  From a certain perspective, South Africa …

Table Mountain

August 6, 2015

Fossil Fuels
Guest Post: Cleaning Up the Mess at the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation

This was originally posted by my colleague John Campbell on his Africa in Transition blog. John was formerly U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria and is currently the Ralph Bunche senior fellow at the Council …

Nigeria blog photo

November 25, 2014

Cybersecurity
Net Politics Book Review: Countdown to Zero Day

The first public announcement of what became known as Stuxnet, the malware designed to slow Iran’s nuclear program, could have easily disappeared into the ether. VirusBlokAda, a little-known cybersec…

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visits the Natanz nuclear enrichment facility, 350 km (217 miles) south of Tehran, on April 8, 2008. (Iranian Presidential official website/Courtesy Reuters)

December 19, 2013

North Korea
North Korean Leadership Tremors: Catalyst for U.S.-ROK-China Cooperation?

I participated last Friday morning in a perfectly timed, wide-ranging panel discussion hosted by The Korea Society and named in honor of Robert A. Scalapino, formerly Professor of Political Science a…

park-and-xi-in-beijing-june2013

July 23, 2012

Japan
An Eye to the Future of Japan-South Korea Relations

South Korea’s Democratic United Party (DUP) failed yesterday in its motion to dismiss South Korea’s Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik for the Lee Myung-bak administration’s handling of the General Securit…

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