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Burkina Faso's Silver Lining

The maneuvers that triggered the military coup may actually have been good for democracy in Africa.

Ken Opalo |

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Is Gen. John Allen in Over His Head?

President Obama’s point man in the fight against the Islamic State faces a ruthless foe. But his detractors at home -- even in the Pentagon -- may be his biggest enemy.

Mark Perry |

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West Africa's Financial Immune Deficiency

Health systems in Africa are ill-equipped to deal with Ebola. And that's partly the fault of IMF policies.

Rick Rowden |

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Lawyers, Guns, and Mujahideen

Inside Syria’s sharia court system.

Maxwell Martin |

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Some of the News That's Fit to Print

Progress on media freedom is backsliding in Myanmar. Will Obama speak up to save his biggest foreign-policy success?

Suzanne Nossel |

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Why Is Bahrain Outsourcing Extremism?

The Bahraini government has been working overtime to crush pro-democracy activists. But what about followers of the Islamic State?

Ala'a Shehabi |

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Beijing, We Have a Problem

Is India surpassing China in Asia's space race?

Kim Wall |

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Stop Playing Cowboy on Ebola

By defying the CDC, U.S. governors imposing unnecessary Ebola quarantines risk making the next global pandemic all the more terrifying.

Gregg Gonsalves |

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Who's Going to Get Rich Fighting the Islamic State?

Obama's small war means big profits -- and little oversight -- for defense contractors and hired guns.

William D. Hartung |

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The Myth of the Big Bad Lone Wolf

Trying to stop lone-wolf terrorists -- much less mentally ill murderers -- is a waste of law enforcement's time and money.

David Gomez |

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Don't Blame CNN for the Ebola Panic

If you crunch the data, the mainstream media has actually been pretty levelheaded.

Kalev Leetaru |

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The Threats We Forget

The Islamic State and Ebola are the crises du jour, but a host of other persistent threats to national security are no less pressing. And combatting them will require unity of effort.

Tim Roemer |

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Chasing Away the Democracy Blues

Why democracy is worth fighting for -- now more than ever.

Larry Diamond |

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Making Bank

Why China’s new infrastructure bank represents a challenge to the global order.

Ely Ratner |

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The Internet Is Not the Enemy

Global efforts to stop the Islamic State should not come at the expense of online freedom. Let the world see the depravity of their ideology.

Jillian C. York |

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Get Ready for Iraq War IV

One of the most influential Army officers of the Iraq theater on why the United States seems destined to repeat the mistakes of the past.

John A. Nagl |

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The Hunt for Black October

The Swedish Navy is desperately trying to find a Russian submarine prowling off the coast of Stockholm. What’s Vladimir Putin up to?

Erik Brattberg |

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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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About Democracy Lab

A partnership between Foreign Policy magazine and the Legatum Institute.

Democracy Lab |

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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 |