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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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Step Away, Do Nothing, Pat Self on Back

It looks like the Obama administration has found its grand strategy after all.

Kori Schake |

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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 |

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Why Won't Apple Hire Me?

America's best -- and most cash-rich -- companies aren't helping fix the labor gap. But it's not because interest rates are too high.

Daniel Altman |

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Mission Leap

5 signs your "limited" Iraq intervention is spiraling out of control.

Micah Zenko |

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A White Shining Lie

Putin's 'humanitarian' convoy is simply a pretext for the war the Kremlin's been planning for months.

Michael Weiss |

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NATO's Brave New World

With crises brewing in Ukraine and the Middle East, the transatlantic alliance needs a shot of fresh energy.

James Stavridis |

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Would American Money Have Saved James Foley?

European governments pay millions of dollars in ransoms to free their hostages. The White House needs to decide whether it’s willing to sacrifice principle for people.

James Traub |

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Why Are So Many Women Dying From Ebola?

Studies show that infectious disease often affects one gender more than another -- but that knowledge isn't being put into practice. 

Lauren Wolfe |

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Frequent Flyer Diplomacy and the Plane to Pyongyang

Secretary of State John Kerry needs to pay Kim Jong Un a visit. Because North Korea is muscling up and the Obama administration's "strategic patience" isn't working.

Jeffrey Lewis |

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You Are Not Nearly Scared Enough About Ebola

Experimental drugs and airport screenings will do nothing to stop this plague. If Ebola hits Lagos, we're in real trouble.

Laurie Garrett |

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All Heat and No Fire

The U.N. is going to determine if Hamas and Israel committed war crimes in Gaza. Even if they did, what can the U.N. do about it?

David Bosco |

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What Would Nietzsche Do?

After more than a decade of high-cost, low-return investments in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, American support for intervention abroad is waning, drastically. It's time for a little nihilism in America.

Whitney Kassel |

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Suspended Animation in the Strip

For Gaza’s young and ambitious, the ongoing war is just another one of life’s many challenges.

Lauren Bohn |

Argument

Six Lessons America Seems Thoroughly Incapable of Learning

Why the Obama administration keeps making the same mistakes over and over.

Rosa Brooks |

Report

Through Syria, Darkly

Will Assad agree to a political solution? Can ISIS be defeated? A sobering report from the latest PeaceGame.

Kristin Lord |

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Stuffing the Sheep in Kabul

As accusations of voter fraud fly, Afghanistan’s presidential race is ripping the country apart.

Leela Jacinto |

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That’s a Mighty Nice Climate Change Plan, America

But now the question is: Will it survive 2016? 

Kate Galbraith |

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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 |