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Can a region betrayed once by the USSR and again by Ukraine find stability in autonomy?

Salva Kiir and Hu Jintao

Is the Conflict in South Sudan the opening salvo in the battle for a continent? 

At least six shelters have been hit since the conflict began, killing dozens of civilians.

Kiev’s siege of the Donbass, supported by the Obama administration, is escalating an already perilous crisis. 

Robert Ames in his trademark tinted aviators

In The Good Spy, Kai Bird documents the life of CIA agent Robert Ames, a sincere and unlikely mediator in the Middle East.

Shifa Hospital

“I saw a massacre,” says one survivor, “There were heads off bodies, shoulders half torn, hands gone, chests opened.”

Israel claims that it is merely exercising its right to self-defense and that Gaza is no longer occupied. Here’s what you need to know about these talking points and more.

Shifa Hospital ICU

Two weeks of conflict made crossing borders too difficult to arrange in time. They may have had a chance if they had gotten out.

US Troops in Afghanistan

After 9/11, the US invented a new kind of borderless, pre-emptive warfare, plunging the world into an endless cycle of violence.

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The quagmire of the Vietnam War was built on a “queasy foundation of fact and myth.”

July 31, 2014

In what kind of world is the place where the sick go to heal a military target? 

July 30, 2014

Has the romanticization of American history allowed the resurgence of discriminatory practices in recent episodes of crisis?

July 30, 2014

Passionate American opposition to Israeli policy has rarely been more important.

July 29, 2014

Efforts to kill nuclear talks with Iran are only coming from Republicans. That helps Obama.

July 29, 2014

As the ‘grown-ups’ in Jerusalem and Washington sort out the situation in Gaza, children keep getting killed.

July 29, 2014

Twitter is changing how we “bear witness” to war.

July 28, 2014

"About nothing does the mob forget so quickly as about war."

July 28, 2014

"We are in the worst of times, except that it can get worse."

July 24, 2014

Washington’s armchair generals are salivating at the world’s current turmoil, seeing a chance to rehabilitate themselves.

July 23, 2014