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July 2, 2015

Global
The Case for Talking With Terrorists

Governments’ refusals to entertain the possibility of dialogue with groups such as al-Qaeda and the self-proclaimed Islamic State causes needless deaths, says expert Jonathan Powell.

January 30, 2013

Israel
Political Pivot in Israel?

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will seek to form a big-tent coalition that could signal a new inward focus at a time of increasing tumult in the Mideast, says expert David Makovsky.

June 18, 2015

Vatican City
How to Read Pope Francis on the Environment

The pope’s encyclical on the environment carries a profoundly religious message about care for the earth, wedded to a new call for activism, say religious scholars Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim.

May 22, 2015

Middle East and North Africa
Widening U.S.-Arab Gulf Over Iran

As the deadline for an Iran nuclear deal approaches, the Obama administration’s security reassurances to Arab Gulf partners have fallen short of the mutual-defense treaty they seek, says expert Vali …

May 1, 2015

United Kingdom
Is Britain Retreating From the World?

Despite the lack of foreign policy debate in the run-up to the UK general elections, pressing questions about the United Kingdom’s relationship with Scotland and the EU loom, says expert Richard G. W…

September 20, 2012

Iran
Iran’s Nuclear Program and the Red Line

Though Iran might be capable of making a nuclear weapon soon, whether it has decided to is up for debate and calls into question the pressure for immediate military action, says expert David Albright.

September 6, 2012

Political Movements
No End in Sight in Syrian Conflict

The growing likelihood of a protracted civil war in Syria does not necessarily warrant Western military intervention, which could "cause more damage, chaos, and instability than not," says Assad biog…

May 31, 2012

Defense and Security
Canada’s Security Agenda

Canada’s military is managing its role in Afghanistan against new security concerns in the Arctic, and is looking to increase its capacity in an age when other NATO countries are cutting back on spen…

November 14, 2014

Russia
Ukraine Needs U.S. Arms to Play Defense

Outmatched by the Russian military, Ukrainian forces require more support from the Pentagon, including defensive weapons, says expert Steven Pifer.

August 23, 2011

Political Movements
New Tremors in Egypt-Israel Relations

The recent flare up of hostilities along the Israel-Egypt border signals a hardening of Egypt’s stance toward Israel and further difficulties for the sluggish Mideast peace process, says expert Dav…