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Blame the Foreigner

In soccer, as in politics, plenty of Russians think the root of all evil lies in the West.

Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber |

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A Game Rigged From the Top Down

Match-fixing by soccer players is the least of the sport’s problems.

Michael Goodman |

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The Build-It-Yourself Bombs

Cheap, deadly, and not stopping anytime soon, barrel bombs are the weapon of choice for dictators from Sudan to Syria.

Torie Rose DeGhett |

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We're No. 1 (and We're Going to Stay That Way)

Why the prophets of American decline are wrong.

Tom Donilon |

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Brazilian Soccer Takes a Tumble

Failure in this year’s biggest club competition shows money isn’t everything.

Adam Bate |

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Still in the Closet

Life isn't easy for Malaysian gays. And it may actually be getting worse.

Lim Li Min |

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A Path to Peace in Syria

As President Bashar al-Assad’s officials reach out to contacts in the West, the differences between the regime and the opposition may be smaller than they first appeared.

David W. Lesch |

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Why Is This World Cup So Awesome?

Hint: It’s the goals. But that's not the whole story.

Daniel Altman |

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When Buddhist Monks Wield Kalashnikovs

In Burma, an ultranationalist Buddhist militia is training to "defend the fatherland" against Rohingya Muslims.

David Brenner |

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From Bombay to Jerusalem

With the crisis in Iraq worsening, how involved should India get in the Middle East? 

Dhruva Jaishankar |

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A Foreign Policy for Main Street America

How to convince the heartland that the world matters.

Robert D. Hormats |

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How the Pivot to Asia Could Ruin American Soccer

German-Americans raised on U.S. bases in soccer’s Fatherland have carried the team to the Round of 16. Can our Asian allies really produce the soccer stars of tomorrow?

Kevin Bleyer |

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Welcome to Stanistan

Behold the power of Central Asia's new superstate.

Frank Jacobs |

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Argentina's Soccer Is More Coherent Than Its Politics

Want to find out what an Argentine politician stands for? Ask him about soccer.

Daniel Altman |

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ISIS Is Dead, Long Live the Islamic State

Will the declaration of a new caliphate unite the world’s jihadists -- or tear them apart?

Aaron Y. Zelin |

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A Little Hit and a Big Miss

Don't be fooled by a minor success. America's interceptor missile-defense system is still a failed $40 billion boondoggle.

Tom Z. Collina |

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It’s Okay to Have Mixed Feelings About Luis Suárez

Just like in politics and law, saying otherwise won’t do anyone any good.

Daniel Altman |

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Is Europe Ready to Commit?

Georgians worry that their passion for Europe isn't being reciprocated. And Russia is ready to step in.

Peter Pomerantsev |

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The Iron Tulip and the Louse

Can Louis van Gaal and Miguel Herrera do a remake of “The Odd Couple” after the World Cup? Please?

Andrea Canales |

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Latin America Leads the Way

Africa was supposed to be the next hotbed of world soccer. It’s not.

Adam Bate |

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T-Rex vs. Navy SEAL

Why innovation-driven Chile might be just the team to beat old-school Brazil.

Daniel Altman |

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Build a Party, Beware of Judges, and Never Give Up

Lessons from a lifetime of political activism.

Mohamed Nasheed |

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Group Stage Wrap: The GNOE Returns

Our nothing-to-do-with-soccer World Cup predictor was, ahem, quite profitable.

Daniel Altman |

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Iraq Needs to Stop Trying to Make 'Inclusive' Happen

Overcoming sectarian divisions won’t solve Iraq’s crisis. Embracing them will.

Marina Ottaway |

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Pyongyang Express

Why is North Korea so pissed off about the upcoming Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy caper?

Victor Cha |

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If Japan Wanted to Build a Nuclear Bomb It'd Be Awesome at It

But let's all take a deep breath: Tokyo may be dumb, but it's not stupid.

Jeffrey Lewis |

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Wake Up and Smell the Turkish Coffee

It’s time for NATO to get involved in Syria and Iraq, perhaps even putting limited Special Forces troops on the ground.

James Stavridis |

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Why Moneyball Doesn't Work at the World Cup

Forget big data -- measuring performance during this tournament is a losing battle.

Richard Whittall |

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The Scandal of Ambassador Zeid

Why the new United Nations human rights advocate is the wrong man for the job.

Jacob Mchangama |