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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 |

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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 |