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Hacks and Hired Guns

Are America’s think tanks in hock to the highest bidder?

Stephen M. Walt |

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This Is What a Leader Looks Like

Why Marina Silva’s message resonates from the Amazon to the Middle East to the White House.

David J. Rothkopf |

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If You Want Peace, You Have to Plan for It

How the world is training the next generation of peacebuilders.

Kristin Lord |

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Mission Improbable

When it comes to fighting terror, America’s leaders have offered nothing but wildly unrealistic strategies destined to fail. And Obama's plan to defeat the Islamic State is no different.

Micah Zenko |

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The Coalition of Convenience

The U.S. needs to take a cold, hard look at the ulterior motives of its partners in the war against the Islamic State.

Aaron David Miller |

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Ghosts of the Maidan

First revolution. Then war. Now what?

Michael Weiss |

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What Economists Don't Understand About Scots

Everyone from Paul Krugman to Joseph Stiglitz is weighing in on Scotland’s risky bet. But they don’t get the feeling of yes.

Daniel Altman |

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Pot, Meet Needle

Execution is as execution does.

Matt Bors |

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Can the U.S. Army Degrade and Destroy Ebola?

Obama is sending 3,000 troops to West Africa to stop the deadly outbreak. But 250,000 people could already be infected by Christmas.

Laurie Garrett |

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The Moral Tragedy of Scottish Independence

The injustice of watching from England as the Scots destroy the United Kingdom.

Emile Simpson |

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Coalitions

Powerful lessons in personnel management from the former supreme allied commander of NATO.

James Stavridis |

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We Don't Want to See Iran's Full Monty

Why forcing Tehran to reveal all about its nuclear past is not only TMI but totally unnecessary and potentially devastating.

Jeffrey Lewis |

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The Blood Brothers of Anbar

Meet Omar: A 43-year-old, well-educated hospital director in Fallujah. Does Iraq have any hope for reconciliation if men like this support the Islamic State?

Lauren Bohn |

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The Way We Were

Just 20 years ago the United States was a beloved superpower with a solid economy and faced virtually no hostile threats. But that’s all gone to hell.

Stephen M. Walt |

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All Your Pivots Are Belong to Us

What America's halfhearted "rebalancing" to Asia must look like in Beijing.

Kori Schake |

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We Don't Need Another Dumb War

But if President Obama follows through on his plan to degrade and destroy the Islamic State, that's exactly what we’re going to get.

Rosa Brooks |

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Obama and the Never-Ending War

By limiting U.S. goals in Iraq and Syria, the president makes less likely the exit he so desperately wants.

David Rothkopf |

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Barack Obama and the 'Wimp Factor'

Americans think the president lacks "toughness." But does showing strength really matter?

Micah Zenko |

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A Boy and His Toys

Yep, Putin just threatened to use his nukes. Now it’s time for Washington to decide on a time-out for the Russian president.

Jeffrey Lewis |

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How to Get Away With Almost Anything

How evildoers benefit from the world's ADD.

Daniel Altman |

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How the Islamic State Could Kill the Two-State Solution

The havoc wrought by the Islamic State extends far beyond Iraq and Syria.

Aaron David Miller |

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NATO Owes Putin a Big Thank-You

Russia's aggression in Ukraine is making it easier for the bloated, aging alliance to pretend that it still matters.

Stephen M. Walt |

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Running Toward the Danger

Sotloff, Foley, and the doctors fighting Ebola are part of a vital breed of first responders demanded by a new global reality.

David Rothkopf |

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The Great Defense Spending Distraction

Why you can’t just throw money at problems like the Islamic State and Ukraine.

Gordon Adams |

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Playing Nostradamus

Big data show that history does indeed repeat itself. What does that mean for foreign policymaking -- and tackling crises from Ukraine to Syria?

Kalev Leetaru |

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The Political Magic of Roads

Is real democracy possible without highways?

Christian Caryl |

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The Top 10 Questions About the World's Biggest Problems

Will anyone ever outfox Putin? Why are we still using old solutions to solve the same old Middle East Problems? And where exactly are we going in Afghanistan?

Stephen M. Walt |

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The U.S.-Israel Relationship Arrives at a Moment of Reckoning

An exclusive talk with former U.S. Special Envoy Martin Indyk on Israel’s new allies, the Gaza blowup, and why Washington shrugged when the peace process collapsed.

David Rothkopf |

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The Islamic State's Home-Field Advantage

5 reasons why an expanded mission to strike James Foley's killers in Syria won't work. And why it's going to happen anyway.

Aaron David Miller |

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Franchise Opportunity: Western Union in Somaliland

The self-declared republic's economy is based on remittances from abroad -- which are good business, too. So why is the money-transfer industry under threat?

Michela Wrong |