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May 24, 2010

Homeland Security
A Conversation with Thomas J. Ridge

Former Homeland Security Secretary Thomas J. Ridge discusses his experiences as the first leader of the Department of Homeland Security, as well as other lessons from his career. This session was pa…

November 15, 2018

United States
Presidents and War Powers

PDF Version. A review of Michael Beschloss, “Presidents of War” (Crown Books, 2018).  *** The U.S. Constitution vests the president with “executive power” and provides that “The President sh…

Lectern with presidential seal

December 21, 2018

Syria
Syria’s Changing Power Grid: What Turkey Wants

The U.S. withdrawal from Syria removes the main obstacle to a Turkish campaign to eradicate Syrian Kurdish forces and could lead to a more dangerous phase of Syria’s civil war.

Kurdish soldier

December 20, 2018

Cambodia
Can Hun Sen Pass Power to His Children?

Charles Dunst is a journalist based in Phnom Penh. He was written for the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Washington Post, the South China Morning Post, and the American Prospect, among other publi…

Hun and Son

October 1, 2018

Health Policy and Initiatives
The World is Getting Healthier in Worrisome Ways, Says Thomas Bollyky in New Book

September 28, 2018—There is a paradox in global health: the…

Bollyky Book Cover image

January 18, 2019

Oil and Petroleum Products
OPEC in a Changing World

Western leaders have long criticized OPEC’s power to raise oil prices, but the bloc’s influence is on the wane as U.S. oil production has soared and alternative energies have come to the fore.

OPEC

July 19, 2018

North Korea
North Korea’s Power Structure

In North Korea, all authority flows from Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un. He has reinstated the party as the central hub to consolidate his power and bring elites to heel.

Pedestrians walk past portraits of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il.

January 17, 2019

Cybersecurity
The Top Conflicts to Watch in 2019: Cyberattack

This year, a cyberattack on U.S. critical infrastructure and networks was included as a top tier priority in the Center for Preventive Action’s annual Preventive Priorities Survey.

Kirstjen Nielsen at the Department of Homeland Security's Election Operations Center and National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center

January 16, 2019

Somalia
Al-Shabab

Al-Shabab remains capable of carrying out massive attacks in Somalia and surrounding countries despite a long-running African Union offensive against the Islamist group. 

Al-Shabab in Somalia

January 16, 2019

United Kingdom
What Brexit Means

Brexit supporters argue that the EU threatens sovereignty and stifles growth, while opponents counter that EU membership strengthens trade, investment, and the UK’s standing in the world.

EU and UK flags fly during a pro-EU march in front of the British Parliament in London.