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Adapt or Die

National soccer styles still exist. They’re just changing all the time.

Musa Okwonga |

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The Game Is the Same

National soccer styles are disappearing -- good riddance?

Adam Bate |

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A Miscarriage of Justice in Cairo

The sentencing of three Al Jazeera journalists to lengthy prison terms on nonexistent evidence shows how paranoid and degraded the Egyptian regime has become.

Bel Trew |

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C’mon Germany, America Needs a Draw

With all the things the United States has done for Germany, isn’t it time for a little payback?

Daniel Altman |

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Colombia Comes out of Its Shell

Globalization has benefited its economy and its soccer, but at what cost?

John E. Rojas |

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Bosnia Deserved Better

Bosnia and Herzegovina had the hardest road to this World Cup. Their exit was no easier.

Daniel Altman |

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American Outcasts

Why can’t American soccer fans get any respect, even in their own country?

Andrea Canales |

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Russian Soccer's Russian Problem

Are its players getting fat on too much home cooking?

Adam Bate |

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Does Anyone Remember the AMIA?

Iran may have been behind a deadly bombing in Argentina two decades ago. Now the two countries meet on the pitch.

Hernán Iglesias Illa |

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The Two Faces of Ratko Mladic

How Serbia has become indifferent toward the man who lost the war, his honor, and his freedom. 

Slavenka Drakulić |

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Think Again: NATO

Why Europeans can defend themselves, but won't until Washington makes them.

Justin Logan |

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A Democracy Made of Straw

Why did it take two administrations to learn that Baghdad doesn’t work like Washington?

James Traub |

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Underrated by Design

FIFA's system has made Japan and Korea the sleeper teams in this World Cup -- just like last time.

Daniel Altman |

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Iran Is the Problem, Not the Solution

The White House is mulling whether Tehran can help it defeat the jihadi threat in Iraq. But a U.S.-Iran alliance would be a disaster for Washington and the Middle East.

Bernard Haykel |

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No Passage Through the Alps

For Switzerland’s stars, playing in France is a big non-non.

Michael Goodman |

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Keep Calm and Carry Them Elsewhere

An independent Scotland would evict the United Kingdom’s nuclear force. So, then, what would Britain do with its 225 weapons?

Jeffrey Lewis |

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Reading Between the Teleprompter Lines

What Obama was really thinking during his Iraq remarks.

Aaron David Miller |

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Striking Distance

Limited U.S. airstrikes against ISIS would be quick and decisive. They're also a terrible idea.

Daniel Byman |

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Don't Call It a Comeback

After a six-month lull, the CIA's drones are dropping bombs on Pakistan again. But the policy is as misguided as ever.

Chris Woods |

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How Maliki Ruined Iraq

Not long ago, stability and security in Iraq seemed possible. Maliki's corruption shattered any hope of that.

Zaid Al-Ali |

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It's Time to Give Uruguay Some Respect

Uruguay is building an army of talented expats -- and not just in soccer.

Daniel Altman |

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Post-Colonialism on the Pitch

When former colonies face off against their ex-oppressors.

Musa Okwonga |

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Is Playing Soccer in Manaus Worth $800,000 per Minute?

Brazil’s new jungle stadium is days away from becoming a white elephant.

Adam Bate |

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There Is No al-Sham

Militants in Iraq and Syria are trying to re-create a nation that never existed.

Nick Danforth |

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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 |