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Apply the Rigor of Investing to Foreign Aid

There's a reason Americans are confused about the value of overseas development assistance. And there's also a fix -- if the State Department gets serious about the next QDDR.

Daniel Altman |

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It's Time to Start Giving a Shit About Toilets

Don't snicker: Open defecation is one of the world's most stubborn problems. And the inability to adopt even Victorian-era sanitation is keeping India from being a superpower.

Lauren Bohn |

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I'm Back From Liberia and Under a (Self-Imposed) Quarantine in Brooklyn

Going from Monrovia to Belgium to New York meant enduring power outages, fever checks, Ebola questionnaires, and the hallway from hell.

Laurie Garrett |

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Vladimir Putin Hates the TTIP

Which is exactly why Europe and America need to get it done.

James Stavridis |

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The Consequences of Misunderstanding the Middle East

The Obama administration is conducting a "policy review" on what to do about Syria and Iraq. But rehashing the same strategy could just make a bad situation even worse.

Aaron David Miller |

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The Top 5 Foreign Policy Lessons of the Past 20 Years

From Russia to China to the United States, from hubris to ultimatums to power plays, the good, the bad, and the ugly of (recent) world politics. 

Stephen M. Walt |

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Bashar al-Assad and the Devil's Bargain

A new plan to stop the bleeding in Syria means agreeing to a limited truce with the regime in Damascus. It’s repugnant -- but is it wrong?

James Traub |

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Is Inequality a Bigger Threat than the Islamic State?

In the Age of Fear, the sensational always overtakes the important.

David Rothkopf |

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Embrace the Chaos

U.S. foreign policy is a mess -- a big, aimless mess. But the only way to build a grand strategy is to accept both global disarray and American decline.

Rosa Brooks |

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Trapped in Syria

The number of refugees fleeing Syria has dropped dramatically -- but that's not good news. In fact, it's terrible.

Lauren Wolfe |

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Putin Sends His 'Leopard' to the Battlefield of Eastern Ukraine

Sophisticated Russian weapons have been spotted near Donetsk, signaling a dangerous new phase in the conflict may be underway.

Michael Weiss |

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One Cheer for the Climate Deal

The landmark deal won’t cut China’s emissions for more than a decade, and it’s going to be tough for the U.S. to meet its requirements. But it's a good start.

Kate Galbraith |

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This Is Not Your Father's Stock Market

6 ways that global investing is breaking the rules.

Daniel Altman |

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The Big Counterterrorism Counterfactual

Is the NSA actually making us worse at fighting terrorism? 

Stephen M. Walt |

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Double or Nothing on the Islamic State

In Iraq and Syria, the president is taking the kinds of risks he usually avoids. If he can -- somehow -- get Iran on board, he could leave office with something to be proud of.

James Traub |

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Would Hillary Be Good for the Holy Land?

The 2016 Democratic prospect isn't Bill 2.0, but if anyone could work miracles on the fraught U.S.-Israeli relationship, it might be her.

Aaron David Miller |

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Ebola Was Here

Ebola cases are dropping so rapidly that Liberians are talking about the disease in the past tense. They shouldn’t be.

Laurie Garrett |

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The Myth of the Indispensable Nation

The world doesn’t need the United States nearly as much as we like to think it does.

Micah Zenko |

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#BringBackOurJournalists

The sloppy, pop-humanitarian coverage of the Boko Haram cease-fire-that-wasn't isn't just bad journalism -- it's a missed opportunity.

Lauren Wolfe |

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A President Riding Off Into the Sunset?

Three reasons why President Obama isn't about to be a second-term foreign-policy free-ranger.

Kori Schake |

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The Midterm's Mantra of Fear and Loathing

Don’t kid yourselves; from the Islamic State to Ukraine to Iran, foreign policy mattered in Tuesday's elections.

Gordon Adams |

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This Man Is an Island

Obama stands alone, apart from his party and the world, in the wake of Tuesday’s elections.

David Rothkopf |

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Lame Duck? Shots Fired.

Why a Republican win on Tuesday may push the White House into a more aggressive foreign policy posture.

Bruce Stokes |

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Netanyahu's Not Chickenshit, the White House Is

The administration is a coward for not saying what it really thinks about the special relationship with Israel.

Stephen M. Walt |

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Middle East Meltdown

In a region now crowded with failed states, a murderous terrorist group has gained a foothold, changing the power dynamics and the United States needs to pay attention.

Aaron David Miller |

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The Kremlin’s $220 Million Man

Igor Shuvalov, Russia’s deputy prime minister, is supposed to have the cleanest hands in the Kremlin. So where’d he get a quarter of a billion dollars?

Michael Weiss |

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The Pendulum and the President

An exclusive excerpt from “National Insecurity: American Leadership in an Age of Fear.”

David Rothkopf |

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The Dark Side of Dilma

Why Brazil's election result is nothing but trouble.

Daniel Altman |

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Keep Calm and Carry On, Stephen Harper

Doubling down on counterterrorism at home and abroad won’t make Canada a safer place.

Stephen M. Walt |

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Yoda Has Left the Building

Andy Marshall, 93, has been the Pentagon’s futurist in chief for over 50 years. He hasn’t had a new idea since the 1970s.

Jeffrey Lewis |