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Is There a Hidden Message in the Taliban's 2014 Fighting Season Plan?

The forgotten history of the Battle of Khaibar offers some alluring hints.

Jonah Blank |

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The Strategy Killer

Rising global violence threatens more than humanity's collective conscience. In 2014, America should seize two critical opportunities to address it.

Kristin Lord |

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When 9,800 Doesn't Equal 9,800

The dirty secret about Obama’s Afghan plan is that tens of thousands of American civilians will be on the ground long after the troops have left.

Phillip Carter |

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'Playing Straight into the Hands of al-Shabab'

Kenya's counterterrorism approach following the Westgate Mall attack is crude -- and may actually be spawning more violence.

Jacob Kushner |

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A Diplomatic Solution in Syria Is on Life Support

Here are seven pressure points that could revive it.

Maura Connelly |

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Clean Up on Aisle One

Not new, not improved, Obama rehashes his Walmart foreign policy.

David Rothkopf |

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The Brawl in Bogota

A nasty -- and surprising -- election fight is playing out in Colombia. And the recent years of peace and prosperity hang in the balance.

Michael Shifter |

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A Nonviolent Alternative for Ukraine

Ukraine faces a rising tide of violence in the restive east. Here's why nonviolent activism is the best strategy for fighting back.

Erica Chenoweth |

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What Obama Should Say at West Point, But Won't

The president's biggest foreign-policy speech in a year will be showy and ambitious but can't paper over his administration's lack of focus.

Stephen Walt |

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A Tidal Wave of Trauma

From PTSD to depression, the war in Syria has spawned a massive mental health crisis -- and there are neither the doctors nor the money to stem its crushing effects.

Lauren Wolfe |

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How to Do Intervention Without Blowing Stuff Up

It’s time to relearn the good tools of the Cold War.

Ethan B. Kapstein |

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The Bore Room

The election of the European Commission’s president may not be exciting -- but it’s far more important than cranky, skeptical pundits are willing to admit.

Gareth Harding |

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Nigeria's House of Cards

The emerging-market darling is coming apart at the seams. And Boko Haram is just the beginning.

Adrienne Klasa |

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Egypt Must Stop Penalizing the Poor

A future President Sisi urgently needs to reform Egypt's economy. But he has to make sure it's not just the rich who benefit.

Allison Corkery |

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Egypt Isn't Stable

Former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is sure to win the upcoming presidential elections. But a new poll shows that he will be taking the helm of a profoundly divided nation.

Richard Wike |

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Faster, Stronger, Worse

Why Narendra Modi's new foreign policy won't make Washington happy.

James Traub |

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Le Pen-ed In?

It’s not just President Hollande who's under threat from France’s right-wing party. It’s Europe.

Robert Zaretsky |

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Egypt's Also-Ran

Meet the man crazy enough to run for president against the new strongman in Cairo.

Eric Trager |

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The Less Things Change…

It's been a year since Obama’s big speech about reforming the U.S. targeted killing program. Here are 10 things about the forever war that have hardly budged at all.

Micah Zenko |

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Lend Rouhani a Hand

As the hard-liners wage a media war against the reform government of Hassan Rouhani and his nascent nuclear deal, the West has to step up and show it means business.

Akbar Ganji |

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The U.S. Needs to Modi-fy its India Policy

How Washington should engage with India’s new prime minister.

Alyssa Ayres |

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Counterinsurgency for Foxes

The Pentagon's new COIN manual doesn't offer a big, bold vision for fighting wars -- and that's a very good thing. 

Ganesh Sitaraman |

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Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Modi

Does India’s new prime minister actually have a foreign policy?

Dhruva Jaishankar |

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China Has Russia Over a Barrel

When Putin arrives in Shanghai to try and ink a new multibillion-dollar energy deal, it'll be the Chinese -- not the Russians -- who will be laughing all the way to the bank.

Ely Ratner |

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The Age of Imperviousness

A dangerous new crop of dictators is learning that they really can get away with murder. But it's as much Obama's fault as it is Putin's.

Suzanne Nossel |

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The Skeleton in Chile's Closet

Chile has made progress toward democracy. Why do its indigenous people still feel left out?

Mira Galanova |

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I Spy a Frigate … or Two

Pyongyang's military is in decline? Think again. New satellite images show that nukes aren't the only thing on North Korea's mind these days.

Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. |

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Putin and His Judo Cronies

Why the Russian president is turning to his fellow martial artists to staff an efficient and loyal security force.

Mark Galeotti |

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The Peril and Promise of Big Data

The White House report on information overload is underwhelming. But it's a start.

Erin M. Simpson |

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Can Europe's Security Watchdog Survive the Crisis in Ukraine?

The OSCE was designed to ensure peace in Europe. Now the conflict in Ukraine is confronting it with perhaps the greatest crisis in its history.

Spencer Oliver |