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This Isn't the Time to Go Wobbly on Slavery

The U.K. government has made a good start on its war on slavery. But it needs to get serious.

Michael Pollitt |

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Mr. Bean to Jihadi John

Western governments are sounding alarm bells about foreign fighters joining the Islamic State. But experts say that these would-be radicals are more often bumbling losers than bin Laden.

David Kenner |

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Congress, What Is It Good For?

When it comes to foreign policy, absolutely nothing.

John Norris |

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Sharks in the Desert

President Obama means well. But the Middle East is where America's good intentions go to die.

Gordon Adams |

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There Goes the Neighborhood

Al Qaeda’s control of Israel’s northern border has Jerusalem nostalgic for the days of Assad.

Andrew Tabler |

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A Pep Talk for the Ages, This Wasn't

Why President Obama's war cry doesn’t quite measure up to his predecessors'.

Suzanne Nossel |

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These Boots Were Made for Fighting

The president is right to be wary of putting troops on the ground in Iraq. But he’s wrong to rule it out.

James F. Jeffrey |

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Ukraine Can't Afford the IMF's 'Shock Therapy'

Economic austerity ruined post-Soviet countries in the 1990s. Why are the same policies being forced on Ukraine today?

Josh Cohen |

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Can Airstrikes Stop the Islamic State?

The United States has been raining bombs on Iraq -- and Syria might be next. But data show it's going to take more than planes to knock the Islamic State off its perch.

Chris Woods |

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How Do You Say 'Kingslayer' in Japanese?

Meet the man who could unseat Shinzo Abe in the next election.

Tobias Harris |

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The Ultimate Ebola-Fighting Force

To defeat the next outbreak, the WHO requires a rapid-response health corps that it can deploy to stop the disease in its tracks.

Jack C. Chow |

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Unhappy Ending

The future is not bright for the leader of Thailand's coup.

Duncan McCargo |

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Want to Help Ukraine? Stop Accepting Its Stolen Cash

Ukraine's new rulers hope to clean up a country that is among the most corrupt in the world. But they don't have a chance if the Western banks keep accepting money stolen from Ukraine.

Oliver Bullough |

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Does South Africa Have a Fascism Problem?

An ascendant populist movement is shining a light on government corruption. In response, the ruling ANC is resorting to slurs to remind voters that it is the party of the people.

Martin Plaut |

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Send in the Guerrillas

In a world where our enemies don't wear uniforms, our allies don't have to, either.

Whitney Kassel |

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It's Time to Stop Putin's Nuclear Arms Buildup

Ukraine isn’t the only place where the White House is letting a belligerent Russia off the hook.

James M. Inhofe |

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We Could Have Stopped This

Public health officials knew Ebola was coming. They know how to defeat it. But they’re blowing it anyway.

Laurie Garrett |

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Pakistan #Fail

Islamabad can't fix its many problems until the government, the opposition, and the military learn to respect the rule of law.

Husain Haqqani |

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Let's Talk About Kashmir

Could Modi, Islamabad, and the U.S. troop drawdown in Afghanistan make the disputed territory the world's next terrorist hotspot? 

Jonah Blank |

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Everything You Know About Israeli Settlements Is Wrong

Israel’s recent annexation of 1,000 acres of land in the West Bank doesn’t change anything on the ground, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has actually been remarkably constrained in settlement construction.

Elliott Abrams |

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Britain's Radical Challenge

The threat of British jihadists can't be an excuse for the country to abandon its foundational principles.

H.A. Hellyer |

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Maryam al-Khawaja, the Inconvenient Activist

The arrest of Bahraini human rights activist Maryam al-Khawaja marks a new low point for the country’s autocracy.

Samia Errazzouki |

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If You Live in Illinois, Do Not Panic About Ebola

Enforcing travel bans, canceling safaris, and subjecting U.S. college students to health checks all show how ridiculous the global response to the outbreak has become.

Kim Yi Dionne |

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A United Front

Only a strong NATO can stop Putin, and only America can rally NATO.

Madeleine Albright |

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Putin's Nuclear Option

Would Russia's president really be willing to start World War III?

Jeffrey Tayler |

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How Not to Help Americans Captured Abroad

A few lines, buried deep in the 2015 appropriations bill, could be a nightmare for American detainees and the State Department.

Richard Grenell |

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Back to the Trenches

After years of pursuing peace and stability, Kenya's political factions are returning to bare-knuckle politics.

Ken Opalo |

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The Pastor's Children

Remembering Leipzig's Christian Führer and the nobility of nonviolence that changed the world.

Michael Moran |