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FRIDAY, 25 APR 2014
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The flight of the interventionists
By Michael Glackin | April 25, 2014 12:14 AM
Much learned ink has been spilt in recent weeks marking the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, where Hutu extremists, in a 100-day orgy of violence, murdered an estimated 800,000 ethnic Tutsis.
Russian sanctions should be coupled with dialogue
By Alexander Likhotal | April 25, 2014 12:14 AM
The Ukraine crisis has evolved from acute to chronic. The main question – Will Russia dare to invade mainland Ukraine? – has been answered: Not now. So, now what?
America’s legacy in Iraq has been poisonous
By John Tirman | April 25, 2014 12:14 AM
The Iraq war is now 11 years old and still tearing Iraq up, but no longer with the assistance of U.S. troops.
Pope Francis reconciles ideological opposites
By Peter McDonough | April 24, 2014 12:23 AM
Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II are the odd couple of modern Roman Catholicism.
Is Beijing slowly swallowing the South China Sea?
By Jay L. Batongbacal | April 23, 2014 12:16 AM
Tensions between China and the Philippines spiked in March when a small civilian boat was confronted by a Chinese Coast Guard vessel about 160 kilometers from the Philippine coast.
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End of two-state solution has benefits
By Mohammed Ayoob | April 23, 2014 12:16 AM
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s valiant effort to save the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is about to end in failure.
Disinterest won’t detract from philosophy
By Peter Singer | April 19, 2014 12:06 AM
Last year, a report from Harvard University set off alarm bells, because it showed that the proportion of students in the United States completing bachelor’s degrees in the humanities fell from 14 percent to 7 percent.
How Hepatitis C can help Egypt’s regime
By Maria Golia | April 18, 2014 12:15 AM
A friend who is an epidemiologist called the other day: “Hey Maria, did you know you’re living in the middle of an epidemic?” he asked.
Grasp sources of Russian conduct quickly and act
By Richard N. Haass | April 18, 2014 12:15 AM
No set amount of time must pass before journalism gives way to history, but normally historians write with the advantage of perspective that reflects the passage of years, decades, or even centuries.
Take a bite out of diseases borne by mosquitoes
By John J. Cohrssen, Henry I. Miller | April 18, 2014 12:15 AM
Mosquito-borne diseases kill millions of people annually and cause suffering for many more. In 2012, there were an estimated 207 million cases of malaria, leading to some 627,000 deaths.
Two decades after genocide, Rwanda is reborn
By Louise Mushikiwabo | April 17, 2014 12:10 AM
Twenty years ago this month, the genocide against Rwanda’s Tutsis, the most brutally efficient killing spree in history, began.
Asia’s maritime rows impose more cooperation
By Shen Dingli | April 16, 2014 12:09 AM
China is now facing challenges to its maritime claims. The Philippines has just filed a lawsuit to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea against China over a dispute concerning its fishing rights in the South China Sea.
Russian attack of Ukraine threatens its reactors
By Bennett Ramberg | April 16, 2014 12:09 AM
Twenty-eight years after its Chernobyl nuclear plant exploded, Ukraine confronts a nuclear specter of a different kind: the possibility that the country’s reactors could become military targets in the event of a Russian invasion.
Closing the health gap between rich and poor
By Gavin Yamey, Helen Saxenian | April 15, 2014 12:34 AM
The world is at a unique historical inflection point.
Why Moroccan Salafists fight in Syria
By Mohammed Masbah | April 15, 2014 12:34 AM
Although the estimated number of Moroccans fighting in Syria varies sharply, with the highest at 1,000, local Salafist-jihadist leaders claim that the number could be even higher, in the 1,000-1,500 range.
Pakistan’s talks with militants divide country
By Imtiaz Gul | April 15, 2014 12:34 AM
With a clear political vision, categorical demands for the release of prisoners, and for space in what it calls its “area of influence,” the banned terrorist outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) is slowly moving toward securing political legitimacy.
Iraq is caught in yet another impasse
By Myriam Benraad | April 14, 2014 12:20 AM
As the next national elections approach, officially scheduled for April 30, 2014, Iraq finds itself embroiled in another political and military impasse similar to those of 2004 and the sectarian bloodshed of 2006.
Vladimir Putin’s bold gamble may fail eventually
By Joseph S. Nye | April 14, 2014 12:20 AM
By most accounts, Russian President Vladimir Putin has been the winner in the Ukraine crisis, at least so far.
Crimea highlights how interests clash with norms
By Fareed Zakaria | April 14, 2014 12:20 AM
Russia’s aggression in Ukraine has had the effect of unifying the Western democracies, at least in their robust condemnation of the action.
If a Cold War is on, let’s accept the benefits
By Ian Buruma | April 12, 2014 12:13 AM
Western relations with Russia have rarely been worse than they are now, in the aftermath of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s intervention in Ukraine and decision to annex Crimea.

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