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November 14, 2017

Stephen C. Freidheim Symposium on Global Economics

This endowed annual symposium was established in 2008 through the generosity of a gift from CFR member Stephen C. Freidheim, chief investment officer and senior managing partner of Cyrus Capital Part…

September 18, 2019

United States
The United States Air Force Celebrates Its 72nd Birthday Today

The United States Air Force (USAF) turns 72 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 …

U.S. Air Force

January 17, 2019

Russia
The Russia Sanctions Test in the U.S. Senate

A move to block sanctions relief has been defeated, averting a likely spike in global aluminum prices but also spotlighting the tough road ahead for Congress in shaping policy on Russia.

Mnuchin

August 26, 2019

International Organizations
The Role of the UN Secretary-General

The United Nations’ top leadership position has broad authority to steer the organization’s agenda, but its impact has varied widely since 1946.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres adjusts his tie.

June 9, 2020

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Shields of the Republic

Is America’s alliance system so quietly effective that politicians and voters fail to appreciate its importance in delivering the security they take for granted?

August 13, 2019

Election 2020
Meet Beto O’Rourke, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Update: Beto O'Rourke announced on November 1, 2019, that he was ending his campaign. When Richard Nixon lost California’s governor’s race in 1962, political pundits declared his dream of becoming…

Beto O’Rourke

October 9, 2006

United States
Stephen Jen, Eternal optimist

Apparently, the US fiscal deficit is set to disappear and the US current account deficit has peaked.  At least it has in Stephen Jen-land.  In his latest email Jen writes: “US’s corporate revenues ar…

August 7, 2019

Election 2020
Meet Kirsten Gillibrand, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Update: Kirsten Gillibrand announced on August 28, 2019, that she was ending her campaign. It has been a while since Americans have elected successive presidents from the same state. Not since Nov…

Kirsten Gillibrand

November 29, 2018

Russia
Trump and Putin at the G20: No More Smiles

The United States and Russia are at odds on so many issues that the upcoming summit could convince their two presidents to give up on better relations and accept estrangement.

Trump Putin