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What Iran Really Wants

Author: Mohammad Javad Zarif

Foreign policy is a critical component in the lives, conduct, and governance of all nation-states. But it has become even more significant in recent years as interstate relations have grown ever more complex.

See more in Iran; Culture and Foreign Policy

Russia's Latest Land Grab

Author: Jeffrey Mankoff

Russia's occupation and annexation of the Crimean Peninsula in February and March have plunged Europe into one of its gravest crises since the end of the Cold War.

See more in Ukraine; Conflict Assessment

Far Eastern Promises

Authors: Kurt M. Campbell and Ely Ratner

The United States is in the early stages of a substantial national project: reorienting its foreign policy to commit greater attention and resources to the Asia-Pacific region.

See more in Asia and Pacific; Culture and Foreign Policy

Show Them the Money

Authors: Christopher Blattman and Paul Niehaus

Every year, wealthy countries spend billions of dollars to help the world's poor, paying for cows, goats, seeds, beans, textbooks, business training, microloans, and much more.

See more in Global; Poverty

Reforming the NSA

Authors: Daniel Byman and Benjamin Wittes

The long-running debate over the tradeoffs the United States should make between national security and civil liberties flared up spectacularly last summer, when Edward Snowden, a National Security Agency contractor, handed journalists a huge trove of heavily classified documents that exposed, in excruciating detail, electronic surveillance programs and other operations carried out by the NSA. Americans suddenly learned that in recent years, the NSA had been acquiring the phone and Internet communications of hundreds of thousands of U.S. citizens, as well as collecting massive volumes of bulk telephone records known as "metadata" -- phone numbers and the time and length of calls.

See more in United States; Intelligence

The Rise of Rwanda's Women

Author: Swanee Hunt

Twenty years ago, in 100 days of slaughter between April and July 1994, an estimated one million Rwandan men, women, and children were killed by their fellow citizens.

See more in Rwanda; Women

Capital Punishment

Author: Thomas Piketty

Capital in the Twenty-first Century. BY THOMAS PIKETTY. TRANSLATED BY ARTHUR GOLDHAMMER. Belknap Press, 2014, 696 pp. $39.95.

See more in Global; Economics

Reforming Nigeria

Author: Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Born to professors in what was then still a British colony, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was a teenager when civil war broke out in Nigeria seven years after independence, and she ended up working as a cook for the Biafran rebels on the frontlines.

See more in Nigeria; International Finance

The Indian in the Closet

Author: Ira Trivedi

On a bright January day, a group of around 200 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) activists dressed in black, to symbolize mourning, gathered at Jantar Mantar, a site in New Delhi that frequently plays host to protests and demonstrations.

See more in India; Human Rights

Privacy Pragmatism

Author: Craig Mundie

Ever since the Internet became a mass social phenomenon in the 1990s, people have worried about its effects on their privacy.

See more in United States; Intelligence

Failure to Launch

Author: Jonathan Alter

President Barack Obama has often said that his proudest domestic achievement is the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (commonly known as the ACA or Obamacare).

See more in United States; Health Policy and Initiatives