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When Terrorism (That Never Happened) Made Headlines in Sochi

Author: Micah Zenko
ForeignPolicy.com

For months ahead of the Winter Olympics in Russia, politicians and the media discussed the possibility of a terrorist attacks during the games. Micah Zenko reveals the truth about the likelihood of a terrorist attack in Sochi, analyzes how policymakers and the media misinformed the public, and discusses how the situation could have been handled better.

See more in Russian Federation; Terrorist Attacks; Media and Foreign Policy

For Obama, Few Options in Syria

Author: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
Defense One

As Washington remains reluctant to take strong action in Syria, Gayle T. Lemmon discusses the limited interventions under consideration for U.S. intervention, including counterterrorism operations inside Syria, increased arms distribution to moderate rebels, and humanitarian aid.

See more in Syria; Conflict Assessment

The More You Talk, the Less You Know

Author: Micah Zenko
ForeignPolicy.com

"The smartest folks I know in just about every academic or policy field, don't tweet, blog, or actively appear in the media," Micah Zenko wrote on Twitter earlier this week. In his latest ForeignPolicy.com article, Micah responds to the reactions he received to his Tweet, and discusses the social media presence of area experts and policy makers.

See more in Global; Politics and Strategy

Problems Persist at Fukushima

Author: Laurie Garrett
ForeignPolicy.com

Based on a visit to Fukushima in December 2013, Laurie Garrett reports that 250,000 tons of radioactive soil is sitting in plastic bags around the nuclear plant, and explains that Japan does not know what to do with it.

See more in Japan; Nuclear Energy

In Bad Faith

Author: Daniel S. Markey
ForeignPolicy.com

The faltering of Pakistan's peace talks with its homegrown terrorists over the weekend offers Islamabad a chance to draw a clear line of defense around Pakistan's constitutional order, writes Daniel Markey.

See more in Pakistan; Terrorism

Good Neighbors

Author: Shannon K. O'Neil
ForeignPolicy.com

Shannon O'Neil explains why working trilaterally for a North American future is more important now than ever before for the United States.

See more in North America; Trade