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September 9, 2022

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Guantanamo Bay: Twenty Years of Counterterrorism and Controversy

The U.S. military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has generated intense debate for two decades, raising enduring questions about national security, human rights, and justice.

A collage of surveillance photographs shows Guantanamo detainees.

October 28, 2019

Syria
Syrian Women Helped Find Baghdadi, Beat ISIS, Will Face ‘Tough Time’ Ahead, Leader Says

'We will continue our resistance and our struggle,' says the head of the all-women’s YPJ, in a rare interview.

April 4, 2017

North Korea
How Trump Can Get Xi to Say "Yes" on North Korea

President Trump has sent a stern warning to Xi Jinping that if China does not help us with North Korea, it will be bad for China and the U.S. will act on its own. Although sounding tough, the Preside…

How Trump Can Get Xi to Say "Yes" on North Korea

September 23, 2022

Thailand
Prayuth’s Misrule Is Turning Thailand Into a Powder Keg

In the lead-up to national elections in 2023, Thai politics is becoming increasingly dysfunctional.

Man stands in front of political banner taking selfie

July 28, 2022

Chile
Chile’s Failed Pensions Are Neoliberalism’s Badge of Shame

A successful reform of the system is essential not only to reducing poverty, but also to restoring public faith in the country’s democracy.

Pensions are part of the problem

August 31, 2022

Russia
Gorbachev: Conflicted Catalyst of Cold War’s End

Mikhail Gorbachev will be remembered in the West for laying the basis for more constructive relations to ease the end of the Cold War, but vilified in Russia for speeding the Soviet Union’s demise.

Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, wearing a coat and hat, waves during the May 1 parade in Moscow’s Red Square in 1991.

March 12, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
The Hard Edge of the Pope’s Moral Power

The pontiff’s Middle Eastern diplomacy may seem superficial, but it could make a huge practical impact.

August 15, 2022

China
Xi Jinping’s Guns of August

China’s response to Speaker Pelosi’s Taiwan visit was an overreaction of choice

Chinese President Xi Jinping after inspecting the troops on October 1, 2019 in Beijing, China.

September 10, 2019

Afghanistan
Trump's Taliban Peace Talks Have Collapsed. But Many Afghans Aren't Surprised—or Sad.

The one hope Afghans have for this disappointing moment is that a process can be created in which they will have a say in their nation’s fate.

Kabul Afghanistan

December 19, 2018

Global
Seven Silver Linings in 2018

This year saw progress in areas from species comebacks to space exploration.

Students celebrate in front of Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital after twelve soccer players and their coach were rescued from the Tham Luang cave complex in Thailand.