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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 |

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What Woman Was Ever Born to Such Misfortune

For the Syrian refugee cast members of a new theater production of the Euripides classic, "The Women of Troy," insult follows injury.

Cynthia P. Schneider |

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Keep It Black

Egypt's government is preparing to domesticate the country's informal economy. But not everyone is convinced that's a good idea.

Rachel Williamson |

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The Unaffordable Arsenal

The Obama administration is embarking on a multibillion-dollar nuclear spending spree. Problem is, none of it is necessary.

Tom Z. Collina |

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Thank You for Bombing

Why al Qaeda might be the biggest winner of America's airstrikes on the Islamic State.

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross |

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Leave It to the League

The Saudis, Qataris, and others are stepping into the fight against Islamic State. Now it's time for them to take the lead.

Bryan R. Gibson |

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Meet Kim Jong Un's New Nuclear Warriors

What a rising generation of scientists and apparatchiks means for North Korea's nuclear program. 

Michael Madden |

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The Peace Bridge to Nowhere

Changing how peacebuilding organizations measure success could save aid projects that are stuck trying to meet rigid, dated, and increasingly arbitrary goals in conflict zones.

Andrew Blum |

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The Arab War on Terror

Obama's Middle East allies are signing up for the fight against the Islamic State. But it's not for the reason you think.

James Traub |

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How the Islamic State Took Turkey Hostage

The 49 Turkish diplomats captured by the jihadist group in Mosul may now be free, but Ankara still has many reasons to think twice about confronting the extremists on its border.  

Henri J. Barkey |

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From Glasgow to Kashmir

Will Scotland's vote spur separatism in Asia?

Jonah Blank |

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The Fight to Survive

Russia's opposition got crushed in last weekend's local elections. But that didn't exactly come as a surprise.

Natasha Pelevina |

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Bridging the Two Tunisias

So far Tunisia's revolution has managed to bridge the gap between secularists and Islamists. But can that precarious accord make it through election season?

Brian Klaas |

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The Emerging Market Stress Test

The Fed’s new monetary policy could put a big strain on developing economies. But they might be up for it this time.

Nicholas Spiro |

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How We Break 25 Years of Stalemate on Climate Change

We have the tools. We have the talent. Here's how we get the politicians to listen up and do something.

Bill McKibben |

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The Rise and Fall of Hindi Chini Bhai Bhai

The long, tricky frenemyship of Asia’s two biggest powers.

Sergey Radchenko |

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All the Ayatollah's Men

Iraq's Shiite militias are becoming as great a danger as the Islamic State.

Phillip Smyth |

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Why Rouhani Could Walk Away

Iran’s nuclear negotiators have public opinion on their side for now. But if that disintegrates, so could any hope for a deal with the West.

Trita Parsi |

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A Premature Party for Poroshenko

Vladimir Putin is still setting the terms in Ukraine. Why is Washington okay with that?

Leon Aron |

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Mozambique's Moment

With a growing economy and a freshly-signed peace agreement, Mozambique's future looks bright. But it needs to act now to avoid the perils of the resource curse.

Robert Looney |

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The Islamic State Comes to Indonesia

The world's largest Muslim country is a vast recruiting ground for radical jihadists. But the government has done a surprisingly good job of containing the Caliphate -- so far.

Jon Emont |

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Why the Pentagon Should Care About Scotland's Referendum

Scottish independence won't just be bad for the Scots. It will be a disaster for U.S. foreign policy from Syria to the Arctic Circle.

Emma Ashford |

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History Is So Not Over

It's time for a dose of realism when we think about how to build new democracies.

Alina Rocha Menocal |

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Victory Lab Kabul

I was one of Ashraf Ghani’s chief campaign strategists, and no, we did not steal the Afghan election. We won it fair and square -- with Facebook, road rallies, and people power.

Hamdullah Mohib |

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The Islamic State of Sexual Violence

The jihadists' rape campaign in Iraq and Syria is not a women's issue. It is a terror tactic and a crime against humanity. So why won't anyone in Washington talk about it?

Aki Peritz |

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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 |