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May 31, 2017

United States
A Conversation With Robert Kaplan

Robert Kaplan discusses the importance of fiscal policy and structural reform.

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September 28, 2007

Homeland Security
Robert S. Mueller III

Two weeks ago, not far from here, bells tolled at Ground Zero.  We commemorated the sixth anniversary of the September 11th attacks.  And we marked the passage of another year without a terrorist at…

September 6, 2019

Zimbabwe
Good Riddance to Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe

During his thirty-seven years in power in Zimbabwe, he committed virtually every human rights violation there is. His hands were awash in the blood of Zimbabweans. Fanning and exploiting racial and class differences, he destroyed the country’s economy, once on the cusp of being one of Africa’s most developed, driving out commercial white farmers. By the time he died, Zimbabwe was an international pariah, an economic basket case, and many or most of the country’s most educated and productive citizens had left the country.

Robert Mugabe stands in front of a blurred out, saluting soldier.

December 30, 2013

China
Robert S. Spalding III: Being Firm With China

Robert S. Spalding III is a military fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. The Air Defense Identification Zone recently announced by the Chinese was most likely not hastily done. The Chinese d…

Honour guard troops march during a welcoming ceremony for visiting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 6, 2013. (Petar Kujundzic/Courtesy Reuters)

April 4, 2012

Jordan
Guest Post: Jordan’s Reform Calculations

This post is written by Kelley Calkins, a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations. Here she offers her assessment of the Jordanian leadership’s calculations concerning domestic reform …

Jordanian Islamic Front Action supporters shout slogans against Syria's president Bashar al-Assad during a demonstration in Amman on March 9, 2012 (Muhammad Hamed/Courtesy Reuters).

January 17, 2020

Cybersecurity
Top Conflicts to Watch in 2020: A Cyberattack on U.S. Critical Infrastructure

This year, a highly disruptive cyberattack on U.S. critical infrastructure, including electoral systems, was the top tier priority in the Center for Preventive Action’s annual Preventive Priorities S…

DHS election security workers monitor screens in November 2018.

January 9, 2020

Digital Policy
Invisible Workers on the Global Assembly Line

In her newly published book, Behind the Screen: Content Moderation in the Shadows of Social Media, Dr. Sarah T. Roberts discusses the world of content moderation, which increasingly plays a major rol…

Afghan girls at the first Internet cafe for women in Kabul, Afghanistan. March 8, 2012.

February 26, 2013

Egypt
Guest Post: The Politics of Egypt’s Rape Epidemic

This post is written by Allison Nour, a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations. In a powerful scene from the 2010 Egyptian film “678,” a veiled woman boards a crowded public bus on h…

A woman raises a knife against Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi and members of the Brotherhood during a march against sexual harassment and violence against women in Cairo February 6, 2013 (Dalsh/Courtesy Reuters)..

December 5, 2012

Japan
Robert Madsen: Japan Leading the West?

This blog post is part of a series entitled Is Japan in Decline?, in which leading experts analyze Japan’s economy, politics, and society and give their assessment of Japan’s future. In absolute ter…

Buildings are silhouetted against the setting sun in front of Mount Fuji in Tokyo

January 21, 2020

Robots and Artificial Intelligence
We Need a Drastic Rethink on Export Controls for AI

Before export controls for AI are codified, the U.S. government needs to assess its past controls on technology and understand the challenges that AI poses to traditional export control practices. 

The hand of humanoid robot AILA (artificial intelligence lightweight android) operates a switchboard during a demonstration by the German research centre for artificial intelligence at the CeBit computer fair in Hanover