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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.

A Roman theater in Bosra, once the capital of the Roman province of Arabia, 2009

How the destruction of architectural treasures became a weapon in Syria’s ongoing civil war.

American soldier

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

Hear from some of the activists who made up the massive crowd at the largest environmental justice demonstration in history. 

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.

Protest Rally

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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“It is unacceptable that the Defense Department continues to waste massive amounts of money,” Sanders argues.

December 18, 2014

Only Congress can lift the embargo, and prominent Senators have threatened to block any ambassador to Cuba.

December 17, 2014

The two countries have resumed a dialogue after fifty years.

December 17, 2014

The history of US-Cuban relations in the last fifty-five years is the history of the loss of American prestige.

December 17, 2014

Dick Cheney clarifies what he means by American Exceptionalism.

December 17, 2014

The region’s transition out of dictatorship hinged on two words the United States would be wise to heed: “Never again.”

December 12, 2014

Advocates for countries most affected by climate change are outraged.

December 12, 2014

Stephen Cohen reflects on Putin’s “State of Russia” address.

December 11, 2014

Revisting Empire's Workshop.

December 11, 2014

What the CIA found out about its torture program is much different than what officials have said publicly.

December 10, 2014