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Rian Malan

For Rian Malan, seeking atonement doesn’t necessarily mean one will attain it.

Protestors confront police

History suggests that progress in racial justice comes only when American leaders see it as crucial to US geopolitical interests.

oil refinery

How the US is using trade sanctions and other means to curb the oil exports of its foes.

Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping

There could soon be a trade alliance between Beijing, Moscow and Berlin—but you wouldn’t know it from the triumphal tone in Washington.

Raul Castro

The president knows US policy has been a failure. Here’s how he can make a breakthrough, in the little time he has left.

China

Beijing’s carbon-reduction targets are already far more ambitious than Washington’s.

maritime operation

Despite US military efforts, maritime insecurity has been markedly on the rise in the waters off West Africa. 

ISIS strike

Former top UN diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi lays out how decades of naïveté about Arab societies, poor planning and post-conflict miscalculations have fostered a deep mistrust and lack of confidence in the United States.

American soldier

After more than two decades of empty declarations of victory in Iraq, “success,” however defined, is impossible. 

Despite the pretentions of our governing and pundit classes, America has neither the right nor the resources to act as a kind of tutor to burgeoning democracies.

Blogs

When it comes to Ukraine, it’s time for the hawks to stand down.

November 25, 2014

The United States is rapidly shifting toward a more aggressive foreign policy with limited public debate.

November 24, 2014

Instead of encouraging Cuban doctors to defect, the United States should be working with them to stop the spread of Ebola.

November 21, 2014

Religious tensions, remnants of the police state and a broken-down neoliberal economic model imperil Tunisia’s otherwise impressive democratic transition.

November 17, 2014

Mass graves are being found everywhere in Mexico, but none of them contain the missing forty-three student-activists. 

November 17, 2014

As the climate warms and the ice melts, the Arctic could become the next great theater of global cooperation—or a battlefield.

November 14, 2014

United Against Nuclear Iran targets legal trade with Iran as part of its divestment campaign.

November 13, 2014

During his second visit, Obama must confront troubling reports of backsliding reforms, attacks on civilians and evidence of war crimes.

November 13, 2014

Eric on this week's concerts and Reed on how the pundits and politicians have failed us for fourteen Veterans Days straight.

November 11, 2014

With a US-trained military officer now running Burkina Faso, will Washington press for a democratic transition or legitimize a military coup?

November 7, 2014