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Mexico's Drug War

Author: Brianna Lee

Since 2006, the Mexican government has been in embroiled in a bloody drug war, which has failed to significantly curb trafficking. The ongoing conflict poses mounting challenges for Mexico, which is trying to polish its image as an investment hotspot, as well as the United States, its most important regional partner.

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Article

Malala, Others on Front Lines in Fight for Women

Author: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
cnn.com

Despite the fact that Malala Yousafzai, the fourteen-year-old Pakistani women's rights activist, survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban, similar attacks against women, like the one in India, are on the rise. Gayle Tzemach Lemmon says that these attacks are efforts to stamp out women's progress and the potential of women worldwide will not be realized if this type of violence is tolerated.

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Must Read

Congressional Research Service: Gun Control Legislation

Author: William J. Krouse

"To gun control advocates, the opposition is out of touch with the times, misinterprets the Second Amendment, and is lacking in concern for the problems of crime and violence. To gun control opponents, advocates are naive in their faith in the power of regulation to solve social problems, bent on disarming the American citizen for ideological or social reasons, and moved by irrational hostility toward firearms and gun enthusiasts."

See more in United States; Congresses, Parliaments, National Legislatures; Society and Culture

Article

Alas Denmark

Author: Elliott Abrams
Weekly Standard

Elliott Abrams examines recent news of Jews in Denmark being warned against openly wearing religious symbols amid rising anti-Israeli sentiment in Copenhagen.

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Article

Divided by the Same Father

Author: Reza Aslan
Tony Blair Faith Foundation

Reza Aslan says, "It has always been extremely easy to inject God into political conflicts... But if we are to find an equitable end to such intractable conflicts as the one between Israel and Palestine, we must learn to actively strip them of their religious connotations. Otherwise, we will never stop fighting them."

See more in Religion; Israel; Palestine

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The Role of Religion in Foreign Policy

Panelists: Ed Husain, Katrina Lantos Swett, and Monica Duffy Toft

In a conversation sponsored by CFR and the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, experts Ed Husain, Katrina Lantos Swett, and Monica Duffy Toft, examine the role that religion plays in shaping foreign policy.

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Foreign Affairs Article

God's Politics

Author: Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks

With its commandments and parables, its kings and its prophets, the Hebrew Bible has served as a reference point for Western politics for centuries. Almost every kind of political movement, it seems, has drawn its own message from the text.

See more in United Kingdom; Religion