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Dark Sites and the Bill of Rights

When Uncle Sam projects his power abroad, does the Constitution tag along?

Joshua Fiveson |

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Brazil's Election Illusion

The heated presidential race between Rousseff and Neves conceals the most important fact: There's not much daylight between the candidates.

Michael Shifter |

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A Blunder Down Under

Australia is trying to combat homegrown terrorism. Sending 800 police officers and a helicopter after suburban wannabes isn’t how to do it.

Waleed Aly |

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At the Back of the Class

Is the international community about to censure Hungary for giving up on its young democratic institutions?

Elizabeth Winkler |

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Stan'd if You Do, Stan'd if You Don't

Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan want to drop the pesky Persian suffix that’s been frustrating Central Asia for generations. Here’s why that’s a bad idea.

Ted Trautman |

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Actually, All Pakistanis Don't Hate Malala

How social media went wild over a fraud's nasty comments, and why America's pretty cool about it.

Zaid Jilani |

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France Is Living Fat and Giving the Finger to Germany

Paris isn't even trying to pretend that it cares anymore about hitting the eurozone's debt targets. But now a showdown with Brussels looms.

Nicholas Spiro |

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Don't Give the Pope the Peace Prize

Francis may be a transformational leader, but so was Obama in 2009.

Elias Groll |

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Advice for the Ice King

5 recommendations for America's new Arctic ambassador.

James Stavridis |

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The Iranian Sphere of Influence Expands Into Yemen

Shiite militias are running the show in Yemen and Tehran couldn't be happier.

Amal Mudallali |

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Wanted: A Coalition to Defeat the Islamic State and Assad

Halting the violent fracturing of the Middle East requires the U.S. and regional states to stop talking past each other.  

Manal Omar |

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The Closeted Continent

38 out of 55 African nations have laws punishing sodomy. And things may get worse before they get better.

Suzanne Nossel |

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Fiddling While Kobani Burns

Turkey is talking tough about the Islamic State. But it’s still not ready for war.

Steven A. Cook |

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You Should Still Be Scared of Pyongyang

Five reasons a quiet North Korea is still a deadly North Korea.

Joel S. Wit |

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How the Hong Kong Protesters Can Win

Over a century's worth of data shows that the Umbrella Revolution needs business, satire, and a whole lot of patience.  

Maria J. Stephan |

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Torpedoes Don't Kill People. Hanoi Kills People.

Why we shouldn't be selling arms to Vietnam.

John Sifton |

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Hong Kong Pride

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protest isn’t only about freedom. It’s also about identity.

Peter Rutland |

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The Misunderstanding of Hamid Karzai

Afghanistan's president of 13 years exits the stage, and leaves behind him a slew of missed opportunities.

Bette Dam |

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Leave It to Hillary

The president arrives at a turning point, but it's unclear whether it means a new Obama or a punt to tomorrow.

David Rothkopf |

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Notes on a Turkish Conspiracy

How the looming end of a 100-year-old treaty exposes the existential paranoia at the heart of Erdogan’s foreign policy.

Nicholas Danforth |

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A Way Out of Crisis

Robust reform can seem impossible for governments mired in corruption. But the solution is pretty simple: Focus on policies, not politics.

Kristen Sample |

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We Have Much to Celebrate

Beijing's ambassador to the United States on how a strong and rising China is good for the world.

Cui Tiankai |

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The Pivot to India

Why the U.S.-Indian partnership is at the heart of America's future in Asia.

John McCain |

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Déjà Vu in the West Bank and Gaza

Hamas and Fatah's latest unity agreement is doomed to failure. So why do the Palestinian factions keep trying?

Grant Rumley |

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The Scottish Question Has Not Been Answered

The referendum may have failed, but tens of thousands of people have signed up with pro-yes parties in the week since the vote.    

Peter Geoghegan |

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In the Eye of a Man-Made Storm

As residents of the Gaza Strip try to recover from the worst war in decades, the world -- and Israel -- must understand that the status quo is unsustainable.

Pierre Krähenbühl |

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Fight Club: Israel Nuke Edition

The first rule of Israel's nuclear arsenal is that there is no Israeli nuclear arsenal.

Jeffrey Lewis |

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Is China Still a 'Developing' Country?

A look at Beijing’s favorite rhetorical trick.

Isaac Stone Fish |

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The Virtues of Modesty

Too often reformers treat progress toward democracy as if it were a matter of all or nothing. Here's a plea for the messy approach.

Brian Levy |

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Putin's Cyberphobia

Afraid for his hold on power, Putin is cracking down on Internet freedom with a flurry of new laws.

Emily Parker |