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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
After the elections, Turkey is at a crossroads
By Bulent Aras | April 11, 2014 12:08 AM
Major political developments in Turkey have brought the country to a critical juncture.
The paradox of Egyptian-Israeli ties
By Aaron Magid | April 11, 2014 12:08 AM
A regional governor in Egypt recently blamed Israel for being behind shark attacks against tourists.
India and Pakistan must build mutual confidence
By T. V. Paul | April 11, 2014 12:08 AM
Long-anticipated peace negotiations between India and Pakistan appear to have been delayed until after India’s May parliamentary elections, and the prospects for subsequent talks are not clear.
A federal Ukraine only serves Russian hegemony
By Yuliya Tymoshenko | April 10, 2014 12:15 AM
The quiet period between the declaration of war in September 1939 and the Nazi blitz against Belgium and France in May 1940 is often referred to as “The Phony War.”
Japan watching Crimea annexation with trepidation
By Yuriko Koike | April 09, 2014 12:15 AM
For Japanese leaders and citizens, President Vladimir Putin’s brutal annexation of Crimea was an unsurprising return to the normal paradigm of Russian history.
Goodbye to the rule of law in Egypt
By Mohamed Abdel Salam | April 09, 2014 12:15 AM
Starting in late December, the show “Al-Sandok al-Aswad” (The Black Box) on the Al-Kahera Wa al-Nas (Cairo and the People) channel aired secretly taped personal calls made by such prominent figures as the former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency Mohamed ElBaradei, Abdel-Moneim Aboul Fotouh and the head of the Misr al-Hurriya party, Amr Hamzawy – among other well-known activists.


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