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June 22, 2016

United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Reconfiguring USAID for State-Building

Nation-building abroad has become a neuralgic term in American politics. Opposition to nation-building abroad is one of the few things that President Barack Obama and Donald Trump can agree on. And y…

August 2, 2018

Energy and Climate Policy
What States, Cities, and Corporations can do in the Face of Federal Resistance to the Clean Transportation Transition

Stefan Koester is an intern with the Energy Security and Climate Change program at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a graduate student at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts Univ…

A motorist drives past a parking lot full of new Tesla electric vehicles in Richmond, California, U.S. June 22, 2018.

March 13, 2018

Energy and Climate Policy
Why Fuel Economy Standards Matter to U.S. Energy Dominance

During last week’s international energy industry gathering in Houston, CERA Week, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry introduced a new buzzword for the Trump administration’s energy policy: “energy r…

U.S. President Donald Trump talks with Energy Secretary Rick Perry after delivering remarks during an "Unleashing American Energy" event at the Department of Energy in Washington, U.S., June 29, 2017.

August 28, 2018

U.S. Foreign Policy
State of U.S. Security: A Conversation with CFR's National Intelligence Fellow

After being away from Washington for a year, CFR's Michael P. Dempsey shares his reflections about the state of U.S. national security and highlights emerging trends and hotspots.

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September 7, 2018

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Planning for a U.S. Military Recessional From Africa

According to U.S. media, the Pentagon plan to withdraw nearly all American Special Forces from West Africa is accelerating. The New York Times, citing Pentagon officials, reports that if approved by Secretary of Defense James Mattis, the United States would close military outposts in Tunisia, Cameroon, Libya, and Kenya, and end the operations of seven of eight counterterrorism units operating in Africa. If these plans are approved by the Secretary of Defense, there would remain a “robust” military presence only in Somalia and Nigeria. 

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September 10, 2018

Cybersecurity
What Do the Trump Administration’s Changes to PPD-20 Mean for U.S. Offensive Cyber Operations?

The White House has reportedly made it easier for U.S. Cyber Command to conduct offensive cyber operations, leading some observers to fret that it will create undue risks of escalation. Those concern…

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September 21, 2018

India
Global Conflict This Week: Meetings to Watch at UNGA Next Week

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

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August 30, 2018

Energy and Climate Policy
The Trump Affordable Clean Energy Policy: Deciphering Emissions Math

This post is co-written by Daniel Scheitrum, an assistant professor at the University of Arizona’s Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. In the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency do…

An empty podium awaits the arrival of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler to address staff at EPA headquarters in Washington, U.S., July 11, 2018.

August 24, 2018

North Korea
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.

South Korean soldier stands guard.

August 28, 2018

United States
Foreign Investment and U.S. National Security

The United States and other Western countries are reevaluating their foreign investment regulations amid an uptick in Chinese interest in strategic sectors.

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