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Hollow Words and an Exponential Horror

Author: Laurie Garrett
Foreign Policy

Obama called the world to action against Ebola, but most countries are only paying lip service to the coming catastrophe. Laurie Garrett asks two questions about this newly announced war on Ebola in this article for ForeignPolicy.com: Will personnel and resources reach West Africa rapidly enough to dam the viral flow, and will the nations of the world learn from this disaster to build institutions and long-term targets that prevent pandemics in the future?

See more in Africa (sub-Saharan); Public Health Threats and Pandemics

Emma Watson Gives Feminism New Life

Author: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
cnn.com

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon highlights actress Emma Watson's speech on feminism at the United Nations. While she extols the importance of celebrity power in popularizing women's rights issues, she calls for increased action to create "visible, on-the-ground gains in the lives of ordinary women and men."

See more in Global; Women

UK Will Grapple With the Unsolved Problem of Greater Autonomy

Author: Richard N. Haass
Financial Times

"The biggest danger from this side of the Atlantic is that the British government will be preoccupied for the coming years with how to grant and manage greater autonomy not just in Scotland but in Wales, Northern Ireland, and England – and then further distracted by the debate over its contested relationship with Europe," argues Richard N. Haass in the Financial Times.

See more in United Kingdom; Polls and Opinion Analysis

Mission Improbable

Author: Micah Zenko
Foreign Policy

American leaders repeatedly offer unrealistic and outrageous counterterrorism strategies that are destined to fail. This is no different for the Obama administration's policy to "destroy" the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, says Micah Zenko.

See more in Syria; Iraq; Counterterrorism; Military Operations

Can the US Army Degrade and Destroy Ebola?

Author: Laurie Garrett
Foreign Policy

As the Ebola epidemic in West Africa accelerates beyond the capacity to count its toll, an unprecedented escalation in global support is evident, led by U.S. President Barack Obama's call for U.S. military intervention. In this op-ed for Foreign Policy, Laurie Garrett argues, "Nothing short of heroic, record-breaking mobilization is necessary at this late stage in the epidemic."

See more in Africa (sub-Saharan); Public Health Threats and Pandemics

Barack Obama and the ‘Wimp Factor’

Author: Micah Zenko
Foreign Policy

Americans and Congress repeatedly claim that President Obama is not "tough" enough. Micah Zenko discusses the idealistic concept of strength and basis upon which leaders are judged, concluding: "Foreign policies should not be judged upon the tone and tenor of their announcements, but rather upon their merits and their success."

See more in United States; Presidents and Chiefs of State

Marina's "Post-Racial" Brazil

Author: Julia E. Sweig
Folha de Sao Paulo

With less than one month until Brazil's elections kick-off, Julia Sweig highlights the significance of the heated race between current President Dilma Rousseff and "dark horse" candidate Marina Silva.

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We Could Have Stopped This

Author: Laurie Garrett
Foreign Policy

When the most recent outbreak of Ebola began in March 2014, it could have been stopped with inexpensive, low-technology approaches. But the world largely ignored the unfolding epidemic. Now, the epidemic is skyrocketing because of this negligence. In this piece for ForeignPolicy.com, Laurie Garrett explains what the World Health Organization and the United Nations have not explained to date, and talks with Barbara Kerstiens, a former Doctors Without Borders volunteer who worked in the Kikwit epidemic in 1995, about lessons learned.

See more in Global; Public Health Threats and Pandemics

Why NATO Should Eliminate its Tactical Nukes, Despite Russian Belligerence

Authors: Hans M. Kristensen and Adam Mount
Bulletin of Atomic Scientists

Adam Mount and Hans Kristensen argue that tactical nuclear bombs in Europe are no longer useful for defense, deterrance, or assurance. They have had little effect on Russian President Vladimir Putin's transgressions in Eastern Europe and instead detract from more useful defense initiatives.

See more in Europe; NATO; Arms Control, Disarmament, and Nonproliferation