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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 …

June 15, 2018

Russia
Reagan and Gorbachev Signing the INF Treaty Can Reagan Show Trump How to Save the INF Treaty?

If the President wants to use an arms build-up to advance arms control, he should take his cues from the Reagan record.

September 6, 2018

Nigeria
Teaching Notes for Nigeria by John Campbell and Matthew T. Page Nigeria: What Everyone Needs to Know

Teaching Notes for Nigeria: What Everyone Needs to Know, written by John Campbell, in which he provides an accessible, one-of-a-kind overview of Nigeria.

August 24, 2018

North Korea
South Korean soldier stands guard. Global Conflict This Week: United States Appoints Special Representative to North Korea

Developments in conflicts across the world that you might have missed this week.

August 15, 2018

Disasters
Loren Elliott/Reuters U.S. Disaster Relief at Home and Abroad

The U.S. government responds to scores of disasters each year, coordinating closely with state, local, and foreign partners. However, more frequent and severe storms, fires, and floods are straining …

August 2, 2018

Refugees and Displaced Persons
Nigeria-IDP-Camp-Maiduguri-Boko Haram The Humanitarian Crisis You Haven’t Heard About

The United Nations Refugee Agency reports that one person is forcibly displaced from their home every two seconds as a result of conflict or persecution. We have seen the photographs of Syrian refugee camps in Turkey and Lebanon, and read about Somali refugees flooding into Yemen. Worldwide, refugees—citizens who flee their own country for another—number more than 20 million. But that number is dwarfed by a more silent and devastating crisis: the over 40 million who are internally displaced. 

May 25, 2018

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
Reagan and Gorbachev shake hands after their talks in Reykjavik. Singapore and Reykjavik: The Perils of Summitry

The 1986 meeting in Iceland between U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev was like none other. It offers helpful context for a potential U.S.-North Korea arms control summi…

July 10, 2018

Europe
Ints Kalnins/Reuters Trump Goes to Europe

President Trump goes to Europe this week. Its leaders are bracing for the impact.

July 5, 2018

Aging, Youth Bulges, and Population
Kenya-Kibera-Slum-Urbanization-Population-Growth Africa's Rapid Urban Population Growth Is Problematic, but Can Be Managed

A rapidly growing population will create a “demographic dividend,” and urbanization will accelerate economic development, or so the “Africa rising” narrative goes. Given Africa’s lack of basic infrastructure, ranging from roads to hospitals to schools, both propositions are dubious.

June 28, 2018

United States
summer reading 2018 What’s Worth Reading This Summer?

CFR.org editor Bob McMahon and I recorded our annual summer reading episode of CFR’s “The World Next Week” podcast. Carlos Lozada, the nonfiction book critic at the Washington Post, joined us for the…