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August 3, 2016

Europe and Eurasia
The Islamic State’s Bloody Summer

Despite facing territorial losses, the Islamic State shows no sign of relenting in its campaign to spread terror beyond Iraq and Syria, says journalist Rukmini Callimachi.

July 9, 2014

United Kingdom
Britain’s Summer of Discontent

Britain finds itself at an unusual crossroads this summer as it negotiates a fraught relationship with Europe and prepares for a possible Scottish secession, says journalist Steven Erlanger.

February 6, 2018

Olympics
The Mixed Record of Sports Diplomacy

While sports may temporarily transcend divisions in society, events like the Olympics rarely serve to advance countries’ diplomatic aims.

East Germany was a perennial powerhouse at winter games, including the 1988 Calgary games where it won gold and bronze in the women’s 1000 meters Speedskating event.

May 13, 2010

Pakistan
Summer Thaw in India-Pakistan Freeze?

June and July meetings between India and Pakistan could restart a peace process, if both sides show cooperation and political will, says Indian policy analyst Radha Kumar.

August 1, 2017

Refugees and Displaced Persons
Empowering Refugees in Times of Crisis

To address a migration emergency that shows no signs of abating, states should look beyond building refugee camps and offer economic opportunities to those displaced, says expert Alexander Betts.

An Afghan refugee is pictured working at a workshop with tools in Wuppertal, western Germany

April 13, 2010

South Korea
Summer Tensions May Heat Up Korean Peninsula

A South Korean security expert says it is likely that North Korea will ratchet up pressure over the summer through threats and possible missile tests if Washington refuses to engage Pyongyang in dire…

June 8, 2017

Islamic State
Why Did the Islamic State Target Tehran?

With its attacks in Iran, the Islamic State is trying to demonstrate that despite military setbacks it remains a capable Sunni vanguard.

A boy is evacuated from the Iranian parliament during an attack.

July 21, 2005

Palestinian Territories
Makovsky: Very Hot Political Summer Ahead in Israel

David Makovsky, senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, says that, with the scheduled withdrawal of Israeli settlers from Gaza, there is a “sense of a looming showdown” betwee…

September 22, 2016

Afghanistan
Afghanistan at an Inflection Point

Afghanistan’s unity government has made progress on reform but remains dogged by endemic corruption and a resilient insurgency.

July 28, 2016

Brazil
Is Rio Ready for the Olympic Games?

The Olympics will likely go smoothly, but spending and construction for the games will burden the city for years to come, says journalist Juliana Barbassa.