Recent Voices

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10 Things World Leaders Are Thankful For

Why Angela Merkel is thinking of France, Khamenei is grateful for Lindsey Graham, and why China isn’t disappointed the United States is back in Iraq.

Stephen M. Walt |

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The Doormat Gets Shown the Door

Chuck Hagel wasn't a genius. But he got a bum rap for being exactly the secretary of defense that Obama wanted -- until he wasn't.

Rosa Brooks |


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Can China's Central Bank Ever Be Independent?

Why Beijing's interest rate cut is a red flag for economists.

Daniel Altman |

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The Iran Nuke Extension Is a Death Sentence

With an angry GOP Congress ready to levy new sanctions and a new generation of Iranian centrifuges spinning up, we can't wait another four months.

Jeffrey Lewis |

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4 Big Reasons the Iranian Nuclear Deal Didn't Happen

Washington would like to believe it has a lot more leverage over Tehran than it really does.

Aaron David Miller |

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The Fall Guy

Getting rid of Hagel is not a cure for what ails Obama's national security team -- it's a symptom of the disease.

David Rothkopf |

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Exaggeration Nation

The threat posed by the Islamic State to the United States is being overblown to a dangerous -- and untruthful -- degree. So why are we letting our government officials get away with it?

Micah Zenko |

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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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Vladimir Putin Hates the TTIP

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

James Stavridis |

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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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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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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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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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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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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 Fiery Fall of Burkina Faso’s ‘Beautiful Blaise’

The leader, who, for decades, avoided the uprisings that dislodged neighboring strongmen from power, finally met his political end.

Leela Jacinto |

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Fair Weather Friends

Seven years on, the United States is still failing the Iraqi and Afghan interpreters it once promised visas. And the rise of the Islamic State makes their plight more urgent than ever.

Whitney Kassel |

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How to Destroy the International Criminal Court From Within

Kenya's president is charged with inciting ethnic violence that killed thousands. He's about to talk his way out of it like it's a parking ticket.

David Bosco |

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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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Brain Food in the Land of Khat-Chewers

Can a book festival mend wounds created by war and perhaps even counter religious extremism in an isolated corner of the Horn of Africa?

Michela Wrong |

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The Great and Magical Gabo

Fame, acclaim, and a notorious friendship with Fidel Castro: The life of writer Gabriel Garcia Márquez was as fantastical and politically charged as his reality-bending novels.

Amy Finnerty |