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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.  

December 14, 2021

Olympics
The Economics of Hosting the Olympic Games

The costs of hosting the Olympics have skyrocketed, while the economic benefits are far from clear. This has led to fewer states interested in playing host and a search for options to lighten the bur…

Lighting the Olympic Torch

February 16, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Editorial Briefing with Robert C. Orr

This publication is now archived. Robert C. OrrRobert C. Orr the director of the Council on Foreign Relations’ Washington program, was a member of a five-person team sent, at the U.S. government’s re…

December 13, 2021

World Trade Organization (WTO)
What’s Next for the WTO?

President Trump’s decision to levy tariffs on China highlights concern about the ongoing role of the WTO and the future of global trade rules.

WTO Meeting, Geneva Switzerland

December 23, 2021

United States
The State of U.S. Strategic Stockpiles

The COVID-19 pandemic has renewed attention on the Strategic National Stockpile, the nation’s emergency reserve of medical supplies. It’s just one of the stockpiles the United States maintains for ec…

Members of the Oklahoma National Guard Oklahoma National Guard walk toward the front of the Strategic National Stockpile Warehouse after unloading medical supplies.

February 26, 2018

Russia
Russia, Trump, and the 2016 U.S. Election

Charges of foreign power interference in the U.S. presidential election have raised grave national security concerns and touched off multiple federal inquiries that could drag on for months.

October 8, 2021

Trade
The Truth About Tariffs

Tariffs have been applied over the years to protect homegrown industries and target competitors who are seen as using unfair trade practices. They impose costs on both importers and exporters and had been in decline until the recent U.S.-China trade war.

A steelworker tests a sample of steel at an Indiana mill in March 2018.

September 20, 2021

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
What’s Next for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)?

Though President Trump withdrew from the TPP, the remaining members of the trade pact have forged ahead with a new version, leaving the U.S. role in the Asia-Pacific in question.

Remaining members of the TPP gather at the signing agreement ceremony in Santiago, Chile, in March 2018.

May 18, 2021

Health
What Does the CDC Do?

The federal agency has a broad mandate to protect Americans’ health and an expansive global reach. But the COVID-19 pandemic has emerged as one of its most daunting challenges.

The CDC’s Emergency Operations Center is reflected in the glass of a room where staff meet to discuss the Ebola crisis in October 2014.

March 21, 2006

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
FBI and Law Enforcement

This publication is now archived. Has the FBI’s mission changed since September 11? Yes. In the aftermath of September 11, the Federal Bureau of Investigation—the investigative arm of the Justi…