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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

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.

August 13, 2019

United States
Election 2020: Beto O’Rourke, Democratic Presidential Candidate

When Richard Nixon lost California’s governor’s race in 1962, political pundits declared his dream of becoming president dead. After all, winning presidential candidates usually come off of electoral…

Beto O’Rourke

August 7, 2019

United States
Election 2020: Kirsten Gillibrand, Democratic Presidential Candidate

It has been a while since Americans have elected successive presidents from the same state. Not since November 2, 1880 in fact.* That’s when Republican James A. Garfield of Ohio won the right to succ…

Kirsten Gillibrand

November 2, 2018

United States
Stephen Kotkin’s “Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929–1941” Wins 2018 CFR Arthur Ross Book Award

November 2, 2018—Professor Stephen Kotkin has won the seventeenth annual Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Arthur Ross Book Award for Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929–1941 (Random House), the second…

July 31, 2019

Asia
CFR Welcomes New Fellows on Trade, Asia, and Latin America

July 31, 2019—The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) welcomes three new fellows to the David Rockefeller Studies Program: Jennifer A. Hillman, Mira Rapp-Hooper, and Paul J. Angelo. …

July 18, 2019

Pakistan
Pakistan, Terrorism, and Meeting Trump

Yesterday news broke that Pakistani police had arrested Hafiz Saeed, founder of the UN- and U.S.-designated terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba.

File photo: Supporters shower Hafiz Saeed with flower petals as he walks to court in Lahore, Pakistan, in November 2017. The court released him from house arrest.

July 16, 2019

North Korea
What to Know About Sanctions on North Korea

Kim Jong-un hopes a summit with President Trump will lead to sanctions relief, while experts disagree over whether increased pressure would push Pyongyang toward denuclearization.

A woman works at a textile mill in Pyongyang, North Korea.

July 3, 2019

United States
Why Iran Tensions Are Rekindling the AUMF Debate

A look at the post-9/11 war powers law that the Trump administration could use to justify conflict with Iran.

November 4, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
A Review of Stephen Ellis’ "This Present Darkness"

This is a guest post by Tyler Lycan. Tyler is an intern for the Council on Foreign Relations Africa Studies program, he recently obtained his Masters in International Security Studies from the Univer…

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