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Beirut’s Perfect Storm

Can anyone stop Lebanon's descent into chaos?

Patricio Asfura-Heim |

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South Africa, Unequal by Design

How Nelson Mandela's legacy is holding South Africa back.

Mike Albertus |

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Return of the Basket Case

On the eve of a fundamentally flawed election, Bangladesh teeters on the edge of the precipice.

M. Ron Wahid |

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The One-Year Plan

Six major trends to watch in 2014, as China embarks on monumental economic reform.

Damien Ma |

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Reckless Reforms

Why the Obama administration should ignore recommendations from the panel it established to review NSA surveillance.

Joshua Rovner |

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What Comes Around

Just another Yemeni drone strike on an American wedding...

Matt Bors |

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King Snowden and the Fall of Wikileaks

The whistleblower refugee has dominated the media -- and displaced Julian Assange.

Kalev Leetaru |

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The Year of the Horse

Why China's radical economic reforms in 2014 could bring new prosperity to hundreds of millions -- if Xi Jinping can ride out the bumps ahead.

Michael Pettis |

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Silver Lining: The Year 2013 in Human Rights

For human rights advocates, 2013 brought many grim setbacks. Yet there were still some important signs of progress.

Ken Roth |

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One More Last Chance

Is John Kerry quietly on the cusp of a Israel-Palestine peace talks breakthrough?

Aaron David Miller |

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Spirited Away

Why Shinzo Abe's visit to a Tokyo shrine could make his lousy relations with Beijing much worse.

Isaac Stone Fish |

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Iran's Turkish Gold Rush

At the center of Turkey's corruption scandal is a "gas for gold" scheme that the Obama administration dragged its feet on stopping.

Jonathan Schanzer |

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The Panopticon Paradox

When an enemy can be anywhere, the state looks everywhere. So how can it infringe on privacy nowhere?

Emile Simpson |

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Maid in Manhattan

Why isn't anyone focusing on the domestic help in the Indian diplomatic scandal?

Sumit Ganguly |

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America Is Not the Grinch

Sorry, haters, when it comes to foreign aid -- of all sorts -- the United States is far and away the most generous nation on Earth.

John Norris |

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The Future of the Military is Robots Building Robots

Why tomorrow's arsenal can't be created with the tools of the past.

Aaron Martin |

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The End of Erdogan?

Why a power struggle over Turkey's deep state could bring down the government.

John Hannah |

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Who's the Biggest Loser in the Ukraine-Russia Deal?

It's not Putin, Yanukovych, or even the EU. It's the Ukrainian people.

Anders Aslund |

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Is Congo Finally Getting Its Act Together?

After decades of corruption and conflict, the Democratic Republic of Congo edges toward statehood.

James A. Robinson |

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Jerusalem’s Itchy Trigger Finger

Forget sanctions. If there's one thing that should convince Tehran not to go nuclear, it's that Israel might use its own nukes -- first.

Yonatan Touval |

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Boycott Me. Please.

Why the American Studies Association's boycott of Israeli academic institutions -- and my small liberal arts college -- is so utterly ridiculous.

Martin Kramer |

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Misunderestimating Corruption

Why sleaze is so hard to calculate.

Peter Murrell |

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Crude Awakening

How the opening of Mexico's state oil monopoly could spell the end of Keystone XL.

Robert Collier |

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Burma's Senseless Census

Burma's census disregards the complex ethnic identities of its people. Could this breathe new life into sectarian conflict?

Elliott Prasse-Freeman |

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The Red Wedding

A botched drone strike in Yemen shows how America's anti-al Qaeda strategy has gone off the rails.

Adam Baron |

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The Celtic Cougar

Why Ireland's economy only looks good from afar.

Sean Kay |

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Too Much of a Good Thing

Did local democracy help or hinder post-2001 Afghanistan? An MIT study comes up with some surprising insights.

Fotini Christia |

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Israel’s ‘Demographic Time Bomb’ Is a Dud

Sorry, but the real number of Arab Israelis isn't an existential threat to the Jewish state.

Uri Sadot |

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The Long Shadow of Ben Ali

How a decades-old fake coup attempt is taking its toll on Tunisia.

Brian Klaas |

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Ukraine's False Choice

Yanukovych can pick Russia or the European Union. Either way, the economic reforms are coming.

Douglas Rediker |