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September 16, 2021

United Nations
Biden’s Tricky UN Message to a Troubled World

Biden faces a dual challenge at the UN General Assembly. He must convince the world that the U.S. is committed to multilateralism while persuading the American public that the UN can be an indispensa…

U.S. President Joe Biden gestures with both hands as he delivers a foreign policy address with an American flag in the background as Vice President Kamala Harris listens during a visit to the State Department in Washington, DC, on February 4, 2021.

September 10, 2021

United States
Seven Reflections Worth Reading About 9/11

With the twentieth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks on Saturday, we recommend sources for better understanding 9/11 and its aftermath. Today: seven reflections about 9/11.

Reflections

September 25, 2019

China
The President’s Inbox: Admiral William McRaven on Technology, Innovation, and Special Operations

The latest episode of The President’s Inbox is now up. My guest was Admiral William McRaven (Rtd.), a member of CFR’s Board of Directors and the co-chair of the recent CFR Independent Task Force on I…

Admiral William McRaven (Rtd.) speaks during a Reuters Newsmakers event in New York in May 2019.

March 12, 2021

Senegal
Senegal's Democracy Faces a Crisis of Public Trust

Senegal is easy to admire.  It’s long been one of Africa’s most stable democracies, where vigorous debate and dissent are part of peaceful democratic discourse. It has maintained its security and territorial integrity, managing to avoid being engulfed in

A supporter of opposition leader Ousmane Sonko holds a T-shirt reading "Macky, leave Sonko" during a protest in Dakar, Senegal March 8, 2021.

December 8, 2014

China
Allen Grane: Combating the African Wildlife Trade in China

Allen Grane is a research associate for Africa studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Recently, the Animal Planet aired a documentary entitled “Saving Africa’s Giants with Yao Ming.” The show,…

A herd of elephants confronts a hippopotamus at a watering hole in Hwange National Park October 14, 2014. The watering hole was one of several that were contaminated by poachers with cyanide in 2013, leading to the death of at least 100 animals, according to Zimbabwean authorities. Picture taken October 14, 2014. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo (ZIMBABWE - Tags: ANIMALS CRIME LAW)

September 29, 2011

Admiral Michael Mullen: Farewell and Thank You

U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen testifies at the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill on February 2, 2010 (Jim Young/Courtesy Reuters). Tomorrow, th…

 U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen testifies at the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill on February 2, 2010 (Jim Young/Courtesy Reuters).

March 25, 2015

Cybersecurity
Three Questions about Admiral Rogers’ Testimony on Cyber Deterrence

Last week, Admiral Mike Rogers, commander of U.S. Cyber Command, testified before the Senate Committee on Armed Services. Most of the media attention (see this, this, and this) has focused on Rogers’…

Michael Rogers Cyber NSA Net Politics CFR

August 25, 2021

Technology and Innovation
To Protect U.S. Economic and National Security, Biden Should Address Concentration in the Defense Sector

Reforming the defense sector, and exploring alternative pathways for federal investment, should be priorities for the Biden administration.

Workers can be seen on the moving line and forward fuselage assembly areas for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter at Lockheed Martin Corp's factory located in Fort Worth, Texas in this October 13, 2011 handout photo provided by Lockheed Martin.

August 14, 2014

China
Allen and Karp: Cell Phones - The Future of Rural Health Care in South Asia

This is a guest post by Becky Allen, the women and foreign policy intern at CFR, and Jenna Karp, the global health governance intern at CFR. More people today have access to a mobile phone than a to…

A pregnant woman lies on an examination table during a checkup at a community health center in the remote village of Chharchh, in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, February 2012 (Courtesy Reuters/Vivek Prakash).

December 16, 2011

You Might Have Missed: Drone Sales, Twitter Wars, and Admiral McRaven

U.S. military personnel lower their heads during the ceremony of the encasing of the U.S. Forces in Iraq colors on December 15, 2011 (Courtesy Reuters/Pool). - Adam Entous and Julian E. Barnes, “U.S…

U.S. military personnel lower their heads during the ceremony of the encasing of the U.S. Forces in Iraq colors in Baghdad on December 15, 2011 (Courtesy Reuters/Pool).