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Global Resources, the U.S. Economy, and National Security

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and Conservation International (CI) cosponsored a day-long symposium on March 20, 2013. The symposium, held in CFR's Washington, DC, office, brought together tw…

December 13, 2013

Defense Technology
You Might Have Missed: Drone Strikes, Malaria, and Defense Contractors

Hakim Almasmari, “Yemen says U.S. drone struck a wedding convoy, killing 14,” CNN, December 13, 2013. A U.S. drone mistakenly targeted a wedding convoy in Yemen’s al-Baitha province after intelligen…

Defense Contractors

August 22, 2013

United States
Middle East Matters This Week: Alleged Syrian Chemical Weapons Use, Mubarak Leaves Prison in Egypt

Significant Developments Syria. French foreign minister Laurent Fabius called today for a forceful international response  to reports that the Syrian regime used chemical weapons outside Damascus ye…

A man holds the body of a dead child among bodies of people activists say were killed by nerve gas in the Ghouta region, in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus August 21, 2013 (Khabieh/Courtesy Reuters).

June 6, 2013

United States
Refining the Obama Administration’s Drone Strike Narrative

Last night, NBC News ran an extremely rare story that aptly challenged the veracity of U.S. government claims about the precision of CIA drone strikes in Pakistan. Part of the title used by NBC was m…

Drone

October 31, 2013

United States
This Week: Syria Destroys CW Facilities, Egypt Continues Crackdown, and Washington Hosts Maliki

Significant Developments Syria. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons announced today that Syria had “completed rendering inoperable its chemical weapons production and assembly i…

Workers dressed in protective clothes during a chemical weapons demonstration (Bimmer/Courtesy Reuters).

August 23, 2013

Military Operations
You Might Have Missed: Cyber Defense, Egypt, Drone Strikes in Iraq?

CNN, "Transcript of President Obama’s Interview on ’New Day’," August 23, 2013. What I think the American people also expect me to do as president is to think through what we do from the perspective…

Suez Canal

July 16, 2013

International Organizations
Guest Post: UNSC Debate on the Protection of Journalists in Armed Conflict

Julia Trehu is an intern in the Center for Preventive Action at the Council on Foreign Relations. On Wednesday, July 17, the United States Mission to the United Nations (UN), which holds the UN Secu…

February 22, 2005

Middle East and North Africa
MIDDLE EAST: U.S.-Syrian relations

This publication is now archived. What’s the status of U.S.-Syrian relations?Very strained. They have rarely been good; Washington has long protested Syria’s occupation of Lebanon and accused Damascu…

December 8, 2010

China
Wikileaks, Zhongnanhai-ology, and the Prospect for Political Reform in China

While Kremlinology is no longer in vogue, our understanding of the inner workings of the elite politics in China still benefits a lot from the cables sent by our nosy and diligent diplomats based i…

Wikileaks, Zhongnanhai-ology, and the Prospect for Political Reform in China

September 9, 2009

Media
Edward R. Murrow Press Fellowship 60th Anniversary Event

Wednesday, September 9, 2009 5:30 to 6:00 PM RECEPTION 6:00 to 7:15 PM SESSION ONE Welcome: Richard N. Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations War Zones: The Changing Environment for Foreig…