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December 1, 2012

What’s killing Brazil’s police?

Graham Denyer WillisNew York Times

São Paulo, Latin America’s largest city, continues to descend into a violent blood feud between the police and an organized crime group, the First Command of the Capital, known by its Portuguese initials P.C.C.

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October 4, 2012

The delusion of limited intervention in Syria

Brian T. HaggertyBloomberg

With Turkey’s decision to shell targets in Syria in retaliation for a mortar attack that killed five civilians inside the Turkish border, there are new signs that Syria’s civil war could escalate into a broader conflict. 

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October 4, 2012

The perils of diplomatic disengagement

Ambassador Timothy Carney, Tara MallerForeign Policy

After the recent unrest at embassies in Egypt, Libya, Yemen, and Tunisia and the killing of U.S. ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, there may be mounting pressure in upcoming weeks or months to permanently shut down embassies or rupture diplomatic relations. 

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September 27, 2012

What Netanyahu's meddling in US election means for Obama, Romney, and diplomacy

David WeinbergChristian Science Monitor

Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the United Nations General Assembly today, where he is expected to reiterate his demands that President Obama set 'red lines' for Iran.

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August 23, 2012

Much ado about the Sansha Garrison

M. Taylor Fravel and Dennis J. BlaskoThe Diplomat

Don’t believe the hype: Beijing’s Sansha military garrison is more of an administrative move than an arms buildup in the South China Sea.

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July 12, 2012

Burmese days

Christian CarylNew York Review of Books

In January, Min Ko Naing, one of Burma’s leading dissidents, walked out of prison. 

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March 30, 2012

The lady’s leap of faith

Christian CarylForeign Policy

Why Aung San Suu Kyi's decision to participate in a flawed election could be the biggest gamble of her career.

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March 10, 2012

Japan's roiling struggle forward

Richard SamuelsBoston Globe

A year after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, criticism continues on the government’s response to the disaster.

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February 11, 2012

Cutting aid to Africa won't help gay rights

Jackee Budesta BatandaBoston Globe

Despite its objections to anti-homosexuality bills, the United States is wrong to make LGBT discrimination the heart of its foreign aid policy. In cases where embargoes have been imposed on countries, it is ordinary people - not government officials - who face the brunt of the embargoes. 

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January 18, 2012

Russia's anti-Putin protests

Elizabeth WoodBoston Globe

Will these protests lead to regime change, or will Putin hold on? Will they have long-term effects on the Russian political scene, or will they fizzle out?

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January 3, 2012

The forgotten wages of war

John TirmanNew York Times

We rarely question that wars cause extensive damage, but our view of America’s wars has been blind to one specific aspect of destruction: the human toll of those who live in war zones.

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November 19, 2011

Ugandans wonder: is US after Kony, or oil?

Jackee Budesta BatandaBoston Globe

Ugandans greeted President Obama’s decision last month to deploy 100 US military advisers to central Africa to assist in the manhunt for rebel leader Joseph Kony with mixed feelings. 

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November 1, 2011

'Kill team' trial: are atrocities inevitable in war?

John TirmanBBC

Why do soldiers kill innocent civilians in wartime?

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September 16, 2011

The Palestine UN vote: is there a duty to admit?

Balakrishnan RajagopalHuffington Post

The Palestinian Authority will submit a formal petition to the U.N. next week for admission. It is unclear whether they will submit a petition to the Security Council for full membership or to the General Assembly for an “observer status.”

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August 5, 2011

After war: reconstruct

John TirmanBoston Globe

The US involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan is now winding down. Both were considered to be vital to US security, and both exacted high tolls in human and financial costs. But neither has brought a satisfying result, and the mixture of high costs and dashed hopes may result in the neglect of both countries once our troops are withdrawn.

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July 17, 2011

The sacred and the humane

Anat BiletzkiNew York Times

Human Rights are all the rage. They have become, currently, a very popular arena for both political activism and rampant discourse. Human rights, as we all know, are the rights humans are due simply by virtue of being human. But there is nothing simple here, since both “human” and “rights” are concepts in need of investigation. 

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April 20, 2011

Using refugees as weapons

Kelly GreenhillNew York Times

In the early days of what grew into the Libyan uprising, Muammar el-Qaddafi summoned European Union ministers to Tripoli and issued an ultimatum: Stop supporting the protesters, or I’ll suspend cooperation on migration and Europe will be facing a human flood of from North Africa. Given Libya’s history as an attractive transit point for North Africans seeking entry to Europe, it was a credible threat. For one thing, it has worked to varying degrees at least four times in the last decade alone.

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April 8, 2011

When intervention is easy

Harvey Sapolsky & Ben FriedmanPhiladelphia Inquirer

For post-Cold War America, military adventures forever beckon - and their lessons are quickly forgotten.

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October 25, 2010

Wikileaks docs underestimate Iraqi dead

John TirmanAlterNet Online

For all their value, the newly leaked documents will, unfortunately, reinforce the inaccurate lower estimates of Iraqi mortality.

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July 28, 2010

An ancient tool for holding passions captive

Richard SamuelsBoston Globe

FOUR YEARS after a young corporal named Gilad Shalit was abducted by Hamas fighters who tunneled beneath the border from Gaza into southern Israel, the Mideast peace process remains trapped by a complex kidnapping drama. Israel and Hamas have exchanged deadly attacks and negotiated fruitlessly for an exchange of prisoners.

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