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September 11, 2018

Foreign Aid
Foreign Aid See How Much You Know About U.S. Foreign Aid

Take this quiz to test your knowledge of the purposes, scale, and history of U.S. aid to the rest of the world.

September 18, 2018

Venezuela
Venezuela's Military A U.S. Military Intervention in Venezuela Would Be a Disaster

Calls for U.S. military intervention in Venezuela are growing, most recently from Senator Marco Rubio. Even Secretary General Luis Almagro of the Organization of American States has said he would not…

September 18, 2018

Venezuela
Venezuela's Military A U.S. Military Intervention in Venezuela Would Be a Disaster

The answer to Venezuela’s crisis is not military intervention. The United States and neighboring countries should instead focus on a widespread diplomatic, financial, and humanitarian response.

September 18, 2018

United States
U.S. Housing-Market Trends Suggest Recession Around Election Time, 2020 U.S. Housing-Market Trends Suggest Recession Around Election Time, 2020

Ten years ago, in September 2008, plunging home prices pushed Lehman Brothers into bankruptcy, fueling a financial crisis that sent the United States, and much of the world, into a deep recession…

September 13, 2018

Sub-Saharan Africa
Chadian soldiers take a break during Operation Flintlock, U.S.-led military exercises, in Diffa, Niger. The Risks of Reducing U.S. Special Operations in Africa

The Pentagon plans to withdraw its special operations forces in Africa, but major cutbacks could threaten recent efforts to counter terrorism threats across the region.

September 13, 2018

Trade
U.S. and China Flag U.S. Offer of New China Trade Talks Should Be Taken Seriously

Big obstacles remain but surprise move offers hope.

September 11, 2018

Niger
Reaper-Drone-U.S.-MIlitary The Presence of Lethal U.S. Drones in Niger is Expanding

The CIA is expanding its presence at a recently established drone base at Dirkou, Niger, an oasis town in the Sahara that has a small airport.

September 7, 2018

Niger
Africa-US-Military-Withdrawal-Special-Forces Planning for a U.S. Military Recessional From Africa

According to U.S. media, the Pentagon plan to withdraw nearly all American Special Forces from West Africa is accelerating. The New York Times, citing Pentagon officials, reports that if approved by Secretary of Defense James Mattis, the United States would close military outposts in Tunisia, Cameroon, Libya, and Kenya, and end the operations of seven of eight counterterrorism units operating in Africa. If these plans are approved by the Secretary of Defense, there would remain a “robust” military presence only in Somalia and Nigeria. 

September 10, 2018

Cybersecurity
Paul Nakasone What Do the Trump Administration’s Changes to PPD-20 Mean for U.S. Offensive Cyber Operations?

The White House has reportedly made it easier for U.S. Cyber Command to conduct offensive cyber operations, leading some observers to fret that it will create undue risks of escalation. Those concern…

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 …