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December 2, 2008

United States
Robert M. Gates, Defense Secretary

Robert M. Gates, a Cold War veteran selected to remain as defense secretary, has won bipartisan praise for his pragmatism and handling of the Pentagon amid two wars.  

October 6, 2012

Iran
Robert Gates and Israel: There He Goes Again

This past week, former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates told an audience in Norfolk, Virginia that an American or Israeli strike on the Iranian nuclear sites would be "catastrophic" and that America…

June 28, 2006

United States
Global Health and the Gates Foundation

In a short time, the Gates Foundation has established a reputation as an innovative, effective donor to global health causes. A $30 billion gift from Warren Buffett is expected to dramatically expand…

January 20, 2016

United States
Robert M. Gates on Civic Duty and U.S. National Security

Robert Gates discusses civic duty and leadership, and addresses the future of U.S. national security and defense.

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May 12, 2013

Robert Gates on Benghazi, Syria, and America’s Biggest Threat

Former secretary of defense Robert Gates is a self-described foreign policy “realist”—in his last major policy address in office, given at the American Enterprise Institute, he noted, “As I am fond o…

March 2, 2011

United States
Secretary Gates’s Strategic Thinking

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates’s recent West Point speech promoted the need for better strategic thinking by the U.S. military to supplant a current emphasis on counterinsurgency tactics and natio…

November 15, 2018

Democratic Republic of Congo
Population Density and Conflict Drive Ebola Outbreak in Eastern Congo

The current outbreak of Ebola in the eastern Congo province of North Kivu is taking place in a war zone, with rival militias and rebel groups inhibiting health workers responding the crisis. This is the tenth Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since the disease was first discovered in the country in 1976 and has the potential to become the deadliest.

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November 13, 2018

United States
Women this Week: Historic Win for Women in the United States

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post, covering November 3 to November 10, was compiled w…

Democratic congressional candidate Ilhan Omar reacts after appearing at her midterm election night party in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

November 8, 2018

World Order
History Echoes as Trump Heads to Armistice Day Centennial

The turbulent aftermath of World War I informs our troubled times and reminds us of the potency of nationalism, the attraction of authoritarianism, the risks of economic fragmentation, the temptation…

A soldier's helmet hangs on a wooden cross on Armistice Day in Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh, Scotland on November 11, 2006.

November 7, 2018

India
Good News and Not-So-Great News: This Week in Economic Ties With India

Earlier this week Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that India, along with seven other countries, would receive an exemption from the newly-imposed U.S. sanctions on oil imports from Iran. Thi…

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to reporters during a news briefing at the State Department in Washington, DC. Cathal McNaughton/Reuters