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Soccer's Biggest Headache

Why isn't anyone at the World Cup talking about concussions?

Michael Goodman |

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Can Santos Finally Make Peace in Colombia?

As Juan Manuel Santos rolls to a second term, can he finally put the war with the FARC to bed?

Michael Shifter |

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Rule the Sea, Build Alliances, and Sweat the Small Stuff

Why Tokyo and Beijing are still fighting a war that began in 1894.

Jim Holmes |

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Pivot to Persia

Washington may not want to admit it, but Iran is the most stable country in the Middle East right now.

Trita Parsi |

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Learning from Crimea

Western governments are right to insist on the territorial integrity of Ukraine and Georgia. But that shouldn't stop them from building ties to contested regions.

Lincoln Mitchell |

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The Atlantic Ocean Local Derby

Move over, Putin -- America’s real rival is Ghana.

Kevin Bleyer |

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Sex, Samba, Soccer, and... Sustainability?

Brand Brazil can win this World Cup even if Team Brazil doesn't.

Rana Sarkar |

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The World Cup's Known Unknowns

Even in the Information Age, there are unknown quantities in Brazil.

Michael Goodman |

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Just Another Nigerian Scam?

Corruption, fraud, and match-fixing all go together in Africa’s biggest oil pit.

Kevin Bleyer |

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Is the Screen About to Go Blank for Argentina's Football Godfather?

With bizarre plans for a new league, Julio Grondona is finally showing his age.

Hernán Iglesias Illa |

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Will the World Cup Actually Help Brazil to Solve Its Problems?

If it does, don’t thank FIFA -- thank the protestors.

Shannon O'Neil |

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Why Play the World Cup in a Malaria Zone?

Teams venturing inland in Brazil may have more to contend with than the opposition

Daniel Altman |

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The Little Countries That Could

Belgium and Uruguay are ready to reap the dividends of diversity.

Musa Okwonga |

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Could Colombia's Election Kill Its Peace Process?

Oscar Iván Zuluaga has vowed to axe talks with the FARC if he wins. But can he really follow through?

Virginia Bouvier |

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The Rouhani Paradox

Iran's president came to office promising liberalization and a better relationship with the West. But can he really have both?

Nazila Fathi |

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Shoulder to Shoulder

The Iranian regime may have a new, PR-friendly president, but the plight of its people is not getting any better. And the world needs to stand by them.

John Baird |

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Colombia Calls a Draw in the War on Drugs

After years of bloodshed, Colombia's government is teaming up with its former rebel enemies to beat the drug problem.

Oliver Kaplan |

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The Hillary Paradox

How the former secretary of state pulls off being softer than soft and harder than hard.

James Traub |

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It's Not Just About Talent

West African countries have the players to win the World Cup, but they can’t develop them -- just like their economies.

Mallé Fofana |

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Immigration Reform Is Dead, Precisely When We Need It Most

Eric Cantor's shocking loss comes at a time when the United States is facing a critical challenge on its southern border.

Shannon O'Neil |

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The Real Winner in Afghanistan's Election

Why the Taliban can’t prevent the monumental success that marks this weekend’s ballot.

James Stavridis |

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Necessary Roughness

Enough with Obama's "don't do stupid sh*t" policy. Only U.S. airstrikes can save Iraq from collapse.

James F. Jeffrey |

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Hold Your Horses, Iraq Is Not About to Fall … Yet

The known-unknowns have come home to roost in Iraq.

Douglas Ollivant |

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A Soccer Fan with a Conscience

Are there any teams in Brazil that you can support without holding your nose?

Iain Levine |

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The Anti-Cuba Lobby Has Jumped the Shark

By trading in denunciations, lies, and distortions -- instead of a reasonable discussion about how to open Cuba -- the rabid embargo lobby is starting to sound a lot like Castro himself.

Christopher Sabatini |

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The Return of the Bonapartes

Why France's ascendant National Front is so dangerous.

Robert Zaretsky |

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The Battle for Iraq Is a Saudi War on Iran

Why the ISIS invasion of Iraq is really a war between Shiites and Sunnis for control of the Middle East.

Simon Henderson |

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The Curse of the Plastic Players

Every country wants a Brazilian on its team, but what if he scores against Brazil?

Pedro Cifuentes |

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Sorry, Hillary: I Should Have Voted for You

I once called Clinton the Celine Dion of politics. I’d rather have that now than Obama.

Rosa Brooks |