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June 6, 2018

North Korea
Vehicles carry missiles during a military parade in Pyongyang. North Korea’s Military Capabilities

Kim Jong-un has accelerated North Korea’s buildup of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction, while also modernizing its large conventional force.

May 11, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
Souad Abderrahim, a candidate of the Islamist Ennahda party, addresses supporters. Women This Week: Making History in Tunisia

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post, covering May 5 to May 11, was compiled with suppor…

May 4, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
Girls walk past pictures of Lebanese parliament candidates in Beirut. Women this Week: Making History in Lebanon

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post, covering April 27 to May 4, was compiled with supp…

April 24, 2018

Defense and Security
Military Demographics of the U.S. Military

Deployed around the world, the armed forces are a pillar of U.S. power and influence abroad, but many are unfamiliar with its composition. CFR examines the U.S. military by gender, race, geography and other demographic factors.

June 5, 2018

Military Operations
Niger-Senegal-Flintlock-U.S.-Special-Forces-Africa U.S. Military Presence in Sub-Saharan Africa Will Likely Decline

In the context of the “war on terror,” many American friends of sub-Saharan Africa’s have been concerned that Washington has been tilting away from supporting the continent’s economic, social, and po…

April 13, 2018

Syrian Civil War
A girl evacuated from the Damascus suburb of Douma arrives in northern Syria. What Are U.S. Military Options in Syria?

Military threats to deter chemical attacks have so far failed to restrain the Syrian regime, and they risk escalating the horrific conflict even further.

April 25, 2018

Defense and Security
President Barack Obama speaks at a commencement ceremony at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. How Representative Is the All-Volunteer U.S. Military?

The U.S. military’s all-volunteer force has drawn on a shrinking pool of Americans, raising questions about the model’s viability.

September 28, 2015

Russia
Russian military jets The Russian Military

Military power has reemerged as an important component of Russian foreign policy, which some believe aims to reestablish Russian hegemony in the region.

April 13, 2018

China
Djiboutian workers stand at the opening of the Doraleh Multipurpose Port China’s Strategy in Djibouti: Mixing Commercial and Military Interests

With the opening of the first overseas Chinese military base in Djibouti, this tiny Horn of Africa country has become a testing ground for the mixing of China's commercial and military interests abro…