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Published: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 06:25:45 -0400

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War Goes Viral

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 13:59:48 -0400

Social media has altered the nature of war, argue Emerson T. Brooking and P.W. Singer. The viral propaganda of the self-declared Islamic State, Russian disinformation campaigns, and Chinese cyber-nationalism are all indications of a more fundamental shift in conflict—a revolution that threatens to catch U.S. policymakers and social media companies off guard. 


America Is Turning Into a Confederacy of Dunces

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 13:53:23 -0400

Why is Donald Trump within a whisker of the White House? Two-thirds of the country can’t even name the three branches of government. If we don’t revitalize civics education, we will be entrusting our future to people who know little to nothing of the way our government works. The way we are going, one of these days a Bernie Sanders or, heaven help us, a Donald Trump will not just be a candidate for president. He will actually become president, writes Max Boot.


Republicans Are Paying the Price for Their Addiction to Their Own Media

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 13:34:57 -0400

This election year is memorable for many reasons but among the most important is showing Republicans the cost of their infatuation with “alternative” news sources. The right’s addiction to its own news has become destructive. Whether Trump wins or loses, conservatives need to re-evaluate their infatuation with “alternative” news sources that tell them what they want to hear and join a more mainstream conversation that includes different points of view.


Caring for Creation

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:00:52 -0400

Paul Douglas and Mitchell C. Hescox discuss faith, science, and responsible stewardship of the environment.


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Must Reads of the Week: Siberian Energy, Germany's Refugee Debate, and More

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:31:29 -0400

What Editors are reading the week of September 19–23, 2016.


A Conversation With Nikos Kotzias

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 13:16:54 -0400

Nikos Kotzias discusses the challenges and opportunities facing Greece.


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New Survey Finds Critical Gaps in College-Aged Students’ Global Literacy

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 14:22:27 -0400

The results of a survey commissioned by the Council on Foreign Relations and the National Geographic Society highlight significant gaps in what college-aged students understand about the world and what they need to know in order to contend with a world that is more interconnected than ever.


What College-Aged Students Know About the World: A Survey on Global Literacy

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 08:30:07 -0400

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and National Geographic have commissioned a survey to gauge what young people educated in American colleges and universities know about geography, the environment, demographics, U.S. foreign policy, recent international events, and economics.


Civil War Within Nigerian Islam

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:17:26 -0400

There is a leadership struggle underway within Boko Haram, the violent, extremist movement that has claimed more than 20,000 lives since 2011 and destabilized the secular Nigerian state and its neighbors. The personal struggle between Abubakar Shekau and Abu Musab al-Barnawi reflects in part the rivalry between Boko Haram and a splinter group, “Ansaru,” and are part of a complex, intra-Muslim conflict across the Sahel, including competition between rival al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and the Islamic State.


Must Reads of the Week: Education for Migrants, the Pension Crisis, and More

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:39:32 -0400

What Editors are reading the week of August 22–26, 2016.


The Persecution of Religious Minorities

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 12:00:39 -0400

Thomas J. Reese discusses the persecution of religious minorities around the world.


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Must Reads of the Week: Rio Games, Refugees in Greece, and More

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 09:14:34 -0400

What Editors are reading the week of August 1-5, 2016.


Media Call: The Struggle for Israel

Tue, 28 Jun 2016 16:48:14 -0400

Contributors to Foreign Affairs' July/August issue discuss the profound changes Israel is undergoing, and what they mean for its politics, society, and relationships with the United States and other Middle Eastern countries.


Implications of the 2016 Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church

Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:00:12 -0400

Elizabeth Prodromou and Nathanael Symeonides discuss the June 2016 Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church.


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The Future of Global Supply Chains

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 17:49:14 -0400

CFR hosted a workshop to explore how globalized production patterns are evolving, the risks they face, and how companies and countries can improve compliance and resilience across supply chains through new trade standards, legal regimes, and policies. 


The Reality Anti-Muslim Rhetoric Ignores

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 15:29:58 -0400

In the wake of the horror in Orlando, discussion has once again focused on the idea of placing a 'ban' on all Muslims entering the United States. The idea is to keep Muslims out of America and to go further by banning all entrants from countries with a "proven history of terrorism" against this country.


The End of the Old Israel

Thu, 23 Jun 2016 09:07:26 -0400

Israel—at least the largely secular and progressive version of Israel that once captured the world’s imagination—is over. Although that Israel was always in some ways a fantasy, the myth was at least grounded in reality


Israel Among the Nations

Thu, 23 Jun 2016 09:04:47 -0400

In 1996, Ehud Barak, who was then Israel’s foreign minister and would later serve as prime minister, charac­terized Israel as “a modern and prosperous villa in the middle of the jungle.” Twenty years later, as political turmoil and vio­lence engulf the Middle East, that harsh metaphor captures better than ever the way most Israelis see their country and its place in the region. 


Israel’s Second-Class Citizens

Thu, 23 Jun 2016 09:01:28 -0400

When the world focuses on the Arab-Israeli crisis today, the plight of the 4.6 million Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank gets most of the attention. But another pressing question haunts Israeli politics: the status and future of Israel’s own Arab citizens, who number around 1.7 million and make up around 21 percent of its popu­lation. 


Russia's Perpetual Geopolitics

Tue, 21 Jun 2016 16:00:54 -0400

For half a millennium, Russian foreign policy has been characterized by soaring ambitions that have exceeded the country’s capabilities. Beginning with the reign of Ivan the Terrible in the sixteenth century, Russia managed to expand at an average rate of 50 square miles per day for hundreds of years, eventually covering one-sixth of the earth’s landmass. By 1900, it was the world’s fourth- or fifth-largest industrial power and the largest agricultural producer in Europe.


Responding to the Migrant Crisis in the Middle East

Tue, 21 Jun 2016 13:00:44 -0400

Experts discuss efforts to assist refugees displaced from the migrant crisis in the Middle East.


The Fusion of Civilizations

Tue, 21 Jun 2016 12:29:49 -0400

The mood of much of the world is grim these days. Turmoil in the Middle East, causing hundreds of thousands of deaths and millions of refugees; random terrorist attacks across the globe; geopolitical tensions in eastern Europe and Asia; the end of the commodity supercycle; slowing growth in China; and economic stagnation in many countries—all have combined to feed a deep pessimism about the present and, worse, the future.


Reading Hume in Tehran

Tue, 21 Jun 2016 09:35:48 -0400

When Iran makes headlines, it is usually as a result of its conflicts with other countries. Far less attention is paid to Iran’s conflicts with itself, which are still raging nearly 40 years after the revolution that brought forth the Islamic Republic.


Religion and Refugee Resettlement in the United States

Mon, 20 Jun 2016 13:00:06 -0400

Shaun Casey and Melineh Kano discuss refugee resettlement in the United States.


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The Study-Abroad Solution

Thu, 16 Jun 2016 14:17:11 -0400

In the Internet age, the world feels far smaller than it used to. But many Americans still know little about the rest of the world and may be more detached from it than ever. Such a lack of awareness is, in certain respects, understandable. Once the Cold War ended, some 25 years ago, Congress, perhaps out of a false sense of security, cut the foreign affairs budget, which led to the closing of some U.S. overseas posts. 


A Feminist Foreign Policy

Thu, 16 Jun 2016 13:42:13 -0400

When Hillary Clinton’s career as a lawyer first drew media attention during the 1992 presidential campaign of her husband, Bill Clinton, she mused that she could have skipped law practice to stay at home and bake cookies. The comment led to a now-famous cookie bake-off between Clinton and Barbara Bush, which the upstart Arkansas governor’s wife handily won.


When Congress Gets Mad

Wed, 15 Jun 2016 15:38:48 -0400

The scholar Edward Corwin famously described the separation of powers between the executive and the legislative branches set out in the U.S. Constitution as “an invitation to struggle for the privilege of directing American foreign policy.” With different parties controlling different branches of government, partisan politics tends to intensify this struggle, and the consequences can be ugly. 


A Conversation With Amina Mohammed

Tue, 14 Jun 2016 16:24:35 -0400

Amina Mohammed will join us for a discussion on how to implement the ambitious post-2015 agenda. This roundtable meeting is part of a new high-level series, in collaboration with the UN Foundation, to explore issues related to implementation of the sustainable development agenda.


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The Global Migration and Refugee Crisis

Tue, 14 Jun 2016 14:00:48 -0400

Anne C. Richard discusses the scope of the global migration and refugee crisis.


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A New Framework for Cross-Border Data Flows

Tue, 31 May 2016 14:57:35 -0400

The flow of data across international borders creates jurisdictional challenges and causes international tensions. Increasingly, countries have responded by imposing new requirements to store data locally, threatening cross-border data flows, which generate approximately $2.8 trillion of global gross domestic product each year. CFR Senior Fellow for Digital Policy Karen Kornbluh argues that the United States should take the lead in addressing these tensions.