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Published: Fri, 09 Dec 2016 22:18:55 -0500

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Spotlight on Cyber VI: Respecting the Digital Rubicon: How the DoD Should Defend The U.S. Homeland

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:40:59 -0500

Rob Knake argues that the DoD must coordinate its role with the civilian agencies responsible for domestic security, not replace them. Its job is to conduct operations in cyberspace to blunt threats to the United States when network defenses are overwhelmed, not to operate those defenses. To do so would take our military service across the Digital Rubicon.


Remembering America's Forgotten Wars

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 10:44:41 -0500

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon questions whether America’s post-9/11 wars in Afghanistan and Iraq will retake center stage with the potential appointment of a military leader to secretary of defense. According to Lemmon, “If confirmed, Mattis…would force Americans to confront these conflicts at a time when the United States has done a good job forgetting to feel like a country at war.”


An Easy Way to Avoid Foreign-Policy Mishaps

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 09:51:44 -0500

Presidential transitions have helped bring disasters from the Bay of Pigs to the Middle East—all because of inadequate intelligence briefings, argues Rebecca Friedman Lissner.


The President's Inbox: Defense

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:10:46 -0500

In this episode of The President's Inbox, CFR's James M. Lindsay, Robert McMahon, and Carla Anne Robbins examine President-Elect Donald Trump's defense priorities. 


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Ending South Sudan's Civil War

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 14:22:44 -0500

Following its independence in 2011, three years of civil war have left South Sudan on the cusp of full-scale genocide, with its sovereignty discredited and undermined by warring elites.


As Trump Waits, So Do U.S. War Fighters, Planners

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 10:39:19 -0500

The truth is nobody from the Pentagon to Baghdad knows yet if Trump will escalate or withdraw from America's ongoing fights around the world, argues Gayle Tzemach Lemmon. 


Creating a Federally Sponsored Cyber Insurance Program

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 09:51:40 -0500

Federally backstopped cyber insurance could be used to address a series of widely recognized and persistent cybersecurity problems.


My Lloyd Cutler Rule of Law Lecture: "Law and the Use of Force: Challenges for the Next President"

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 13:49:19 -0500

CFR’s John Bellinger publishes excerpts of his Sixth Annual Lloyd Cutler Lecture on Rule of Law at the Supreme Court, regarding presidential use of force and the bounds of domestic and international law.


Mending the Broken Dialogue: Military Advice and Presidential Decision-Making

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 13:19:24 -0500

Through improved education, strong executive leadership, and changes to procedure and doctrine, the civil-military dialogue can be mended in order to confront new challenges to national security.


Ending South Sudan’s Civil War

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 14:13:15 -0500

Following its independence in 2011, three years of civil war have left South Sudan on the cusp of full-scale genocide, with its sovereignty discredited and undermined by warring elites.


A Conversation With Penny Pritzker

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 12:45:56 -0500

This symposium will convene policymakers, business executives, and other opinion leaders for a candid analysis of online privacy, with a particular focus on the United States, the U.S.-European Union relationship, and big data.


Risks and Rewards of Big Data

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 11:15:24 -0500

Experts examine risk to privacy in a big data world, whether our notions of privacy should change, and whether the benefits of big data collection outweigh the privacy consequences.


The State of Online Privacy in the United States

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:30:03 -0500

Experts provide an overview of the debate in the United States over online privacy.


Trump Can Make Iran Policy Great Again

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 17:08:12 -0500

Ray Takeyh reviews how the next president can transform Obama's Iran deal into something worthy of the name.


A Conversation With Adam Smith

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 15:49:55 -0500

Representative Adam Smith (D-WA) shares his outlook on Congress and U.S. foreign policy priorities for the next administration.


A Conversation With Secretary Robert A. McDonald

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 15:44:47 -0500

Robert A. McDonald reflects on his time in office as well as his views on the challenges and priorities for veterans affairs under the new U.S. administration.


How The Next U.S. President Can Contain China In Cyberspace

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 11:13:08 -0400

When transition planning gets underway in earnest this fall, one of the hardest memos to write will be the outbrief from the current National Security Council (NSC) team on what to do about China’s ongoing campaign of cyber espionage targeting the intellectual property of U.S. companies. While long a focus of both the president’s cyber and China teams, there is little chance that in the coming months the issue is going to be brought to any type of resolution. Instead, the next president will inherit a partially implemented plan that has produced positive results in the short term, but its long-term sustainability remains uncertain. He or she would be wise to follow the playbook left by the Obama administration, with a redoubled focus on the investigation and prosecution of cybercrime.


Nuclear North Korea

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 14:00:51 -0400

Adam Mount and Scott A. Snyder discuss the threat of North Korea's accelerating nuclear program and offer policy recommendations for stability in Northeast Asia.


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The Meaning of Mosul

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 09:39:38 -0400

Iraq’s campaign to liberate Mosul from the Islamic State and restore the Iraqi government’s authority requires coordination among numerous armed groups with competing interests, says CFR’s Philip H. Gordon.


Managing the Saudi-Iran Rivalry

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 14:39:49 -0400

The growing rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran will likely shape the Middle East for many years, and possibly even decades, to come


A Conversation With James Clapper

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 11:17:01 -0400

James Clapper reflects on lessons learned over his six years as Director of National Intelligence and discusses critical intelligence concerns facing the next U.S. president.


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U.S. Navy Operations in a Maritime Chokepoint

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:05:32 -0400

A missile attack on a U.S. warship in the Bab al-Mandeb strait, off the coast of Yemen, illustrates how the U.S. Navy responds to an array of threats while patrolling the world’s waterways, says CFR visiting fellow Captain Clint Carroll.


The State of U.S.-Russia Relations

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:13:15 -0400

Experts discuss the current state of relations between the United States and Russia.


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Duterte’s Flip-Flop Into Bed With China Is a Disaster for the United States

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:55:48 -0400

With the Philippine president ditching Washington for Beijing, the contest to control the South China Sea just got a lot more complicated.


Time to Get Real About Russia Cyber War

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 14:52:33 -0400

Our democracy is under attack by Russia, but almost no one is treating the situation with the gravity it deserves. President Obama is loathe to retaliate. Would-be president Donald Trump denies that any attack is happening. And the media are acting as enablers for the attackers.


More Women in Global Security Forces will Raise Effectiveness

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 16:08:58 -0400

Despite evidence that shows that women make unique contributions to peace and security processes, they remain severely underrepresented in military, policy, and peacekeeping forces around the world. Jamille Bigio highlights a new bill led by Senators Barbara Boxer and Jeanne Shaheen that would “require the U.S. State Department to encourage other countries to increase the number of women recruited and promoted in their security forces.” She also argues for better quality training among security forces and conversation of the U.S. National Action Plan on women, peace, and security into legislation.


The U.S. Can't Afford to Forget Its Wars -- or Why It Fights Them

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 15:18:56 -0400

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon highlights the need for renewed attention on the war in Afghanistan. Nearly 10,000 U.S. troops remain in the country and U.S. casualties are close to 2,300, but little about Afghanistan has made headlines in recent years or received mention by political leaders. 


North Korea’s Testing Decade

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 09:44:03 -0400

Ten years after North Korea’s first nuclear test, sanctions and negotiations have done little to quell the regime’s ambition of becoming a nuclear weapons state, writes CFR’s Scott Snyder. 


U.S. Strategy in Asia: Is the Pivot Working?

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 12:18:45 -0400

Experts discuss the Obama administration's "Pivot to Asia" strategy, its successes and failures, and the evolving dynamics of U.S. relations across Asia.


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Human Soldiers Will Always Cause Human Tragedies

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:56:58 -0400

Tragedies keep occurring in war, despite the best intentions of U.S. troops. Micah Zenko provides recommendations to reduce the inevitable human errors in Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq that have led to avoidable civilian casualties.