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International Day of the Girl: Forging a Different Path

Global Kids | Posted 10.11.2016 | Impact
Global Kids

Tehmeena Khan (at right) with fellow Global Kids students at the Summer Institute at the Council on Foreign Relations "As women, we must speak out, s...

Wanted: One-Handed Economists

Charles Kolb | Posted 06.15.2016 | Politics
Charles Kolb

The current state of the U.S. and global economies is unclear. Wherever you look, the data and trends suggest uncertainty. Will the Federal Reserve raise interest rates next month? Will economic growth ever again exceed 2 percent? Is the stock market overvalued and on the verge of another major dip?

Conscience, Sidelined?

Mark D. W. Edington | Posted 06.03.2016 | Religion
Mark D. W. Edington

Last week the Council on Foreign Relations -- that oldest and, depending on your perspective, most august, or most mysterious, think tank on global af...

America's Pivot to Asia Actually Led to Drop in Security Assistance for Southeast Asia

Council on Foreign Relations | Posted 05.04.2016 | World
Council on Foreign Relations

An analysis of U.S. security assistance to Southeast Asian nations shows that, in nominal dollars, overall security aid to Southeast Asia fell by 19 percent since 2010, the year before the "Pivot to Asia" was launched.

Treasury Secretary: U.S. Retreat From Global Stage Would Be Mistake

Associated Press | Peter Mellgard | Posted 04.12.2016 | World

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Monday that Americans have reaped significant benefits from the international architecture put i...

The Establishment vs. Bernie Sanders

John Sanbonmatsu | Posted 02.22.2016 | Politics
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John Sanbonmatsu

The very ferocity and coordinated nature of the attacks on Sanders makes clear that the Democratic establishment views Sanders not merely as an annoyance, but as an existential threat. And he may be, at that.

Senator Wonders How Much Longer U.S. Will Blindly Support Saudi Arabia

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 02.05.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S.'s relationship with Saudi Arabia has weathered disagreements over how to rein in Iran, regime change across the Middle East and...

Bombs Away: The Disconcerting Common Factors

John B. Alexander, Ph.D. | Posted 02.02.2016 | World
John B. Alexander, Ph.D.

Among a rising bellicose chorus there are common and disturbing themes. First is the propensity to advocate bombing any contentious threat into oblivion. The second vital commonality is a total void in personal combat experience by most of these vocal proponents.

Wake Up America, Russia is Back!

David Paul | Posted 11.25.2016 | Politics
David Paul

Despite all the fury generated on the campaign trail by the ISIS attacks and the failures of American strategy to date, there is little that any of the candidates have suggested that differs much from what we have been doing so far.

Ben Carson Is Wrong, So Are Calls for His Resignation

Parvez Ahmed | Posted 09.23.2016 | Politics
Parvez Ahmed

Carson with his incredibly ignorant statement has undermined the values of the U.S. Constitution, all the while purporting to defend it.

Exclusive: Hillary Clinton State Department Emails, Mexico Energy Reform and the Revolving Door

Steve Horn | Posted 08.09.2016 | Green
Steve Horn

Emails released on July 31 by the U.S. State Department reveal more about the origins of energy reform efforts in Mexico. The State Department released them as part of the once-a-month rolling release schedule for emails generated by former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, now a Democratic presidential candidate.

John Kerry: Iran Nuclear Deal Is Good For Israel's Security

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 07.24.2015 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday continued his aggressive defense of the nuclear agreement recently reached with Iran. Pushing back...

Marco Rubio: Back to the Future

Bob Burnett | Posted 05.21.2016 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Time will tell if Marco Rubio survives the 2016 Republican version of demolition derby. What's clear is that despite his cherubic, youthful demeanor, Rubio is a hard-core conservative, every bit as dangerous as his idol, George W. Bush.

American Think Tanks and Foundations Manipulate German Politics, Claims Whistleblower

Till Bruckner | Posted 06.30.2015 | World
Till Bruckner

As American pundits are discussing the Clinton Cash affair and worrying about possible undue foreign influence on U.S. foreign policy via donations to...

America's China Consensus Slowly Unravels

Hugh White | Posted 06.20.2015 | World
Hugh White

The big risk is that neither side will be willing to make concessions, because each expects the other to blink first. That leads straight to escalating rivalry and an ever-higher risk of war.

Artificial Intelligence Technology Is 'Breaking Out of the Box'

Peter Mellgard | Posted 05.07.2015 | World
Peter Mellgard

"The exponential improvement in the elements of computing is not about to run out of gas. We've got generations more of it to go. Geeks out there are going to take that computational power and that ocean of data and do things that astonish us."

Noncommunicable Disease - An Emerging Global Health Crisis

Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker | Posted 04.06.2015 | Impact
Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker

There is much the United States and its allies can do to help developing countries meet the NCD challenge at relatively modest cost. By placing the cancer crisis far higher on the global health agenda, we have it in our power to spare millions from needless suffering and death.

Put Patients Over Profits: An Open Letter To The Council On Foreign Relations

Jordan Jarvis | Posted 02.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Jordan Jarvis

We applaud the CFR report for drawing attention to NCDs in developing nations, but emphasize that, at this critical time, it neglected to address implications of U.S. trade pressures on the fundamental right of all people to access lifesaving medicines.

At Global Kids, Everyone is Welcome and Everyone Participates

Global Kids | Posted 01.13.2015 | Impact
Global Kids

Fahim Farazi, photo courtesy of Julie Hassett-Sutton/Frantic Studio via Global Kids I went to a zoned school near where I lived. They only cared abou...

Being Part of the Global Discussion

Global Kids | Posted 01.05.2015 | Impact
Global Kids

At Global Kids, the kids didn't judge where you grew up and didn't judge where you were from. They saw a bright future ahead of them, and all of them, in their own way, felt that they could shape it.

WATCH LIVE: A Conversation With Henry Kissinger

Council On Foreign Relations | Posted 11.04.2014 | World

Henry A. Kissinger reflects on his role in the Cold War, as part of the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall Symposium....

Knowing There's Nothing Wrong With Being Smart and Engaged

Global Kids | Posted 12.15.2014 | Impact
Global Kids

Omar Khedr, photo courtesy of Julie Hassett-Sutton/Frantic Studio via Global Kids I got to experience Global Kids in 10th grade through my high schoo...

Kathleen Miles

ISIS Is A Threat To U.S. Interests, Top Official Says. Here's What's Being Done About It

HuffingtonPost.com | Kathleen Miles | Posted 09.10.2014 | World

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Wednesday that the extremist group the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, is a threat to Ame...

A Transformational Trip and a New Global View

Global Kids | Posted 10.26.2014 | Impact
Global Kids

Raiyan Syed, photo courtesy of Julie Hassett-Sutton/Frantic Studio via Global Kids Most of the students at my high school would come to school and im...

Timelines And Maps To Help You Understand The Sunni-Shiite Divide

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 07.27.2014 | Religion

"If we want to understand the Middle East, if we want to understand why conflicts are happening the way they are, and how these conflicts may be resol...