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May 23, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Robert Mugabe on a panel at the World Economic Forum. Health Watch: Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe

South African media is reporting that Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, 93, has “worsening health problems.” Apparently, his wife Grace “is in a quandary: she has to deal with Mugabe’s health challen…

March 4, 2016

Global
Play RTX14AX2_EC.jpg A Conversation With Robert J. Shiller

Robert J. Shiller discusses the importance of economic irrationality, crowd behavior, and other elements of behavioral finance in understanding the global economy and making effective economic policy…

July 1, 2018

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
GARY HERSHORN / REUTERS The Long Shadow of 9/11: How Counterterrorism Warps U.S. Foreign Policy

This article was originally published in Foreign Affairs.  When it comes to political orientation, worldview, life experience, and temperament, the past three presidents of the United States could…

August 6, 2018

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Trump Abbas 2 Reading The Trump Administration in Ramallah

Does the United States seek relations with Hamas in Gaza and to undermine the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) leadership in the West Bank? Palestinians officials and insiders asked me this qu…

April 25, 2018

Defense and Security
President Barack Obama speaks at a commencement ceremony at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. How Representative Is the All-Volunteer U.S. Military?

The U.S. military’s all-volunteer force has drawn on a shrinking pool of Americans, raising questions about the model’s viability.

September 18, 2018

United States
Air Force Birthday 2018 The United States Air Force Celebrates Its 71st Birthday Today

The United States Air Force (USAF) turns 71 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 …

April 9, 2018

China
The China Mission THE CHINA MISSION: George Marshall’s Unfinished War, 1945–1947

As the United States courts a trade war with China, a timely new book by Foreign Affairs’ Executive Editor Daniel Kurtz-Phelan illuminates how U.S. policymakers have been vexed by relations with Chin…

June 28, 2018

Libya
HNEC attack Rushing Libya’s Elections Will Lead to Disaster

The following is a guest post by Alexander Decina, research associate for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. For more than two years, the UN-backed Government of National …

September 14, 2018

Conflict Prevention
Tribute in Light installation in New York City Seventeen Years After 9/11 and Still Vulnerable to Strategic Surprise

The United States still does not have an effective strategic foresight system to assess and mitigate geopolitical risks. 

September 14, 2018

Renewable Energy
Workers install photovoltaic solar panels at the Gujarat solar park under construction in Charanka village, in Patan district of the western Indian state of Gujarat, India, April 14, 2012. Why We Still Need Innovation in Successful Clean Energy Technologies

Today is my last day at CFR. I’m joining ReNew Power, India’s largest renewable energy firm, as their CTO. I’m excited for a new adventure but sad to leave the Council, which has given me support and…