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The bracing campaign for independence gave Scots a vision of a real political alternative.

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.

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Because our leaders didn’t listen, or listened too late, the end came in Vietnam as a total catastrophe. It’s not too late to avoid a repeat in Syria.

The crisis in Iraq and Syria demands a political solution. Here are the key diplomatic steps needed to get there.

Talking heads like former General Jack Keane are all over the news media fanning fears of IS. Shouldn’t the public know about their links to Pentagon contractors?

Children in Varanasi, India, wearing masks of Narendra Modi, April 24, 2014

Why India’s boom years have been a bust.

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Now, across a vast and growing swath of the planet, the main force at work seems not to be the concentration of power, but its fragmentation.

Ebola victim's body removed.

Decades of corruption have left Liberians suspicious of their government.

Hong Kong is one of the most unequal developed economies in the world. Now the mainland government wants to keep a tight grip on the territory’s political system too.

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Scotland was closely divided on the issue of independence. But media cast a loud “no” vote.

September 19, 2014

A century and a half of writing on the always-possibly-imminent break-up of the United Kingdom.

September 18, 2014

If Scotland wakes up on Friday still bound to England, it will not be because solidarity or shared vision prevailed but rather fears of job loss, higher prices and higher taxes.

September 18, 2014

Thursday’s independence referendum in Scotland offers a lesson on how to run a high-stakes, high-turnout election.

September 18, 2014

Amid rising anti-government sentiment and a series of natural disasters, Bosnia-Herzegovina's fractured ethnic communities are drawing strength from an unlikely source: each other.

September 17, 2014

Cambodia’s garment workers are fighting for something they’ve never had before: a living wage.

September 17, 2014

Fox News becomes a caricature of itself, again.

September 16, 2014

More than two-dozen groups are calling on lawmakers to address serious gaps and inconsistencies in the president’s strategy.

September 16, 2014

US military officials outlined several scenarios ground troops could end up fighting in Iraq and said Obama hasn’t closed the door.

September 16, 2014

The United States can’t create peace by military force. We can only add to the destruction.

September 16, 2014