Flash Points

Feature

Longform’s Picks of the Week

The best stories from around the world.

Laura Clark |

Argument

Obama’s Empty Words

If you think Israelis doubt the American president's commitment to peace, try talking to some Palestinians.

Dalia Hatuqa |

Argument

Change We Can’t Believe In

For those still confused: No, Kim Jong Un is probably not a reformist after all.

Stephan Haggard |

Feature

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The best stories from around the world.

Laura Clark |

David Barno

Loss Leader

The Army needs to admit it has a problem -- or things will only get worse.

David W. Barno |

Feature

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The best stories from around the world.

Laura Clark |

Argument

Slow Apology

Why did it take so long for Israel to say sorry for the flotilla raid?

Suzanne Nossel |

Argument

The Final Frontier

For savvy investors looking to diversify their portfolios, there’s only one place left to go: sub-Saharan Africa.

Todd Moss |

Feature

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The best stories from around the world.

Laura Clark |

Daniel Altman

Trade Coalitions of the Willing

Forget about the WTO. Here's how Obama is about to change the game on free trade.

Daniel Altman |

Rational Security

The Illogic of Iraq

Explaining one of history's most egregious strategic non sequiturs.

John Arquilla |

Argument

No Books Were Cooked

Mistakes were made in the lead-up to war in Iraq ten years ago. But fabricating intelligence on weapons of mass destruction to serve policy wasn’t one of them.

Charles Duelfer |

Argument

Why the Color Revolutions Failed

Toppling dictators isn't enough. Successful revolutions also embrace the rule of law.

Melinda Haring |

Terms of Engagement

Lost in the Desert

What does the Obama administration make of Egypt's Mohamed Morsy? Not much. But they've still got to figure out how to work with him.

James Traub |

Feature

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The best stories from around the world.

Laura Clark |

Argument

Wayward in Waziristan

How the United States is blowing the war on terror in the most dangerous place in the world.

Akbar Ahmed |

Argument

Wanted: Ph.D.s Who Can Win a Bar Fight

How to reform the Pentagon for "light footprint" interventions.

Fernando M. Luján |

Feature

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The best stories from around the world.

Laura Clark |

Dispatch

Meet China’s New Foreign-Policy Team

Is Beijing using its latest appointments to send a message to Washington?

Willy Lam |

Terms of Engagement

How Not to Repair a Broken Pot

The lesson of Iraq isn't that American intervention only makes things worse; it's that there's a smarter way to do it.

James Traub |

Dispatch

A Tale of Two Chávezes

For those who loved and reviled Venezuela's president in equal measure, El Comandante leaves behind two very different legacies.

Peter Wilson |

Argument

Time Is Running Out on North Korea

Congress needs to make Pyongyang pay a price for its recklessness.

Sen. Robert Menendez |

Argument

A Player, but No Superpower

Why China's military is a threat to its neighbors, but shouldn't concern the United States on its home turf.

Andrew S. Erickson |

Dispatch

The End of an Icon

Venezuelans react to the death of their larger-than-life president.

Peter Wilson |

Argument

Preventing the Next Mali

Why Washington can’t just sit by and let another full-fledged war break out in Sudan.

John Prendergast |

In Box

Life After Death

How the plague made modern Europe.

Joshua E. Keating |

Dispatch

The Fall and Rise of Raila Odinga

In Kenya's contested election, the tortured past of family dynasty is alive but not quite well.

James Verini |

Feature

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The best stories from around the world.

Laura Clark |

Argument

Pilgrims and Idiots

How celebrities should handle visits to authoritarian countries in today's world.

Arch Puddington |

Argument

Give Us the Weapons We Need to Beat Assad

The chief of staff of the opposition Syrian Military Joint Command calls on the United States to provide arms, not just non-lethal aid.

Salim Idris |