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October 8, 2021

Genocide and Mass Atrocities
Why Religious Persecution Justifies U.S. Legislation on Crimes Against Humanity

(This article is part of a series on a proposed Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes Against Humanity, due to be considered in discussions now scheduled to resume on Oct. 13 in the S…

October 6, 2021

Southeast Asia
Is COVID-19 Shaking Up Politics in Southeast Asia?

Many Southeast Asian leaders’ pandemic responses have sparked public outrage and damaged their legitimacy. This could prompt the biggest political changes across the region since the 1990s.

Protesters lay on the ground in front of a line of police and raise their hands in a three-finger salute.

October 5, 2021

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, with enduring questions about national security, human rights, and justice.

A collage of surveillance photographs shows Guantanamo detainees.

September 24, 2021

Latin America
Latin America Shouldn’t Be a Pawn in U.S.-China Rivalry

The key to its success will be dodging zero-sum choices between the two superpowers.

Four people waving in front of the Panama Canal

October 4, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Democracy Was Never Going to Stop Islamist Terrorism

Twenty years after 9/11, U.S. policy in the Middle East is still based on a fundamental mistake.

U.S. President George W. Bush (L) meets with Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak (R) in Sharm El Sheikh May 17, 2008.

August 16, 2021

Latin America
No U.S. Court Can Make Mexico's Streets Safe

Suing U.S. gun makers may be good law and politics, but that won’t fix Mexico’s police or courts and end its culture of impunity.

Police officers holding shields cross in front of a gas station in Mexico City

August 3, 2021

Nigeria
What’s Behind Growing Separatism in Nigeria?

The resurgence of separatism in Nigeria—a consequence of the federal government’s failure to provide security in the face of multiple threats—is stirring memories of the country’s deadly civil war.

A Nigerian soldier rides in a truck with a whistle in his mouth during a military patrol in a pro-Biafra zone in the southeastern city of Aba.

July 28, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Miscalculating Tunisia

If Westerners are shocked at political developments in Tunisia, it’s because they described it as a straightforward success for too long. 

Amid fellow protesters, a Tunisian girl holds a sign reading "game over." Two soldiers stand facing the crowd.

July 26, 2021

Southeast Asia
Malaysia’s Political Crisis Is Dooming Its COVID-19 Response

Southeast Asia has in recent weeks become an epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic. Indonesia is recording the highest number of confirmed new cases per day in the world, and even one-time success stori…

A cemetery worker wearing a protective suit helps to bury a victim of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a cemetery in Shah Alam, Malaysia, on July 14, 2021.

July 20, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Generation X’s Short Arc of History

Ben Rhodes’s new book about global politics reveals the limits of the Obama administration’s worldview.

U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes speaks about Obama's upcoming visit to Cuba at the White House in Washington February 18, 2016. U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday announced a historic visit to Cuba next month, speeding up the thaw in relations between the two Cold War former foes but igniting opposition from Republicans at home.