Britain Doesn't Know What It Wants — but It Needs to Make a Brexit Decision Soon

In the Chicago Tribune, Council President Ivo Daalder writes that the March 29 Brexit deadline means May is set to make her final stand next week, setting up an ultimatum between her deal for a "hard" Brexit, or an extension to negotiate a different, "softer" Brexit.

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Wait Just a Minute: Sean McFate

In 60 seconds, professor of war and strategy, novelist, and former US paratrooper Sean McFate answers questions on the future of war, the likelihood of another great power war, and the biggest threat to the United States.

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Expert Panel Survey: US Focus on the Denuclearization of North Korea

Despite expectations for the meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, their summit ended early with no agreement toward denuclearization. With that in mind, we asked our panel of foreign policy experts whether the US should continue to focus primarily on denuclearization, or shift to arms control and non-proliferation.

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Video: The Artificial Intelligence Arms Race

In the coming years, artificial intelligence could fuel tensions between the United States and China. How can the White House, Pentagon, and Silicon Valley craft a shared national strategy for AI?

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Global Security

Things Are about to Change: Oil and Gas Have Been Found in the Eastern Mediterranean

The Eastern Mediterranean has long been an economically dynamic and politically important region for the United States and its NATO allies. Tony Chavez writes in The National Interest that it is about to become even more important. Large quantities of oil and natural gas have been discovered in the East Med and the race to extract them has begun.

Global Security

Why is the United States Bombing Somalia?

In recent months, Somalia has seen a surge of US airstrikes as part of an intensifying campaign against al Shabaab, an extremist group affiliated with al Qaeda. Bronwyn Bruton of the Atlantic Council and Paul D. Williams of George Washington University join our Deep Dish podcast to explain what the United States is doing in Somalia and why al Shabaab is a target.

Global Food Security Symposium 2019

March 20-21: Learn how growing an adequate quantity—and quality—of food can feed and nourish a rapidly growing world in the face of increasing water insecurity.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Event: 9:00 am

Thursday, March 21, 2019
Event: 8:30 am

Washington, DC 20004

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Global Food Security Symposium 2019

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