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April 14, 2012

United States
TWE Remembers: NSC-68

“United States Objectives and Programs for National Security” is a rather bland title for a report. Especially one that turns out to help drive history. But that’s the formal name given to NSC-68, th…

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November 12, 2008

United States
Presidents and the National Security Council

President-elect Barack Obama assembles his national security team at a time when responsibility for foreign policymaking has shifted increasingly to the White House, says Carnegie Endowment scholar D…

January 5, 2017

United States
Reforming the National Security Council: What's Necessary?

Experts discuss potential reforms to the National Security Council.

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September 24, 2018

International Organizations
The UN Security Council

The UN Security Council is the premier global body for maintaining international peace and security, but it faces steady calls for reform to better meet twenty-first–century challenges.

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December 23, 2019

Lebanon
Is Lebanon Becoming A Real Nation?

Amir Asmar is a Department of Defense analyst and CFR’s national intelligence fellow. Throughout his intelligence career, his primary area of focus has been the Middle East. He held a wide range of a…

Demonstrators stand on a bridge decorated with a national flag during an anti-government protest along a highway in Lebanon, on October 21, 2019.

November 4, 2009

United States
CFR Report Calls for Overhaul of U.S. Conflict Prevention Policy, Urges Stronger NSC Oversight

"The United States has considerable influence and resources at its disposal to carry out various forms of preventive action. What it lacks are effective organizational arrangements to make the most o…

February 1, 2020

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker

The Council on Foreign Relations's Nigeria Security Tracker is an effort to catalog and map political violence based on a weekly survey of Nigerian and international press. The data presented includes violent incidents related to political, economic, and social grievances directed at the state or other affiliative groups (or conversely the state employing violence to respond to those incidents.)

February 7, 2020

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
Coronavirus: Resources From the Council on Foreign Relations and Foreign Affairs

Resources from the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), Foreign Affairs, and CFR’s new Think Global Health website offer background and analysis on the growing threat of the novel coronavirus, includi…

January 24, 2020

Mexico
Mexico’s Security Dilemma

Amid a spate of drug cartel attacks, Mexico is considering whether to increase security cooperation with the United States.

January 8, 2020

Iran
The Iran Crisis: Resources From the Council on Foreign Relations and Foreign Affairs

Resources from the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and Foreign Affairs offer background and analysis on the consequences of the U.S. targeted killing of Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani for U…