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Ash Carter Is Looking to the Future. The Mideast Is Keeping Him Stuck in the Past.

The secretary of defense came into office promising to shake up the Pentagon, but the chaos in Iraq and Syria has left him mired in wars he didn't want to fight.

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Building Palestinian Democracy, One Brick at a Time

Palestinian businessman Bashar al-Masri has a plan for building democracy on the West Bank. And it's not really about politics.

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Ukraine’s Chocolate King to the Rescue

Ukrainians hope that Petro Poroshenko can lead them out of the current crisis. But can one man provide the solution to all the country's problems?

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The Police Are Dogs

No one else manages to rile Tunisia's post-revolutionary government quite like rapper Klay BBJ.

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Sherman’s March

Meet the social worker turned nuclear negotiator who's trying to keep Iran from getting the bomb.

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Syria’s Good Soldier

Meet the man who could be the next president in Damascus. If he's not already dead.

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Samantha Power’s Problem from Hell

Can a humanitarian firebrand help forge a deal with Syria's dictator?

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The D.C. Socialite vs. ‘The Grill Sergeant’

When the Pentagon tried to save its awful TV channel, it called in Washington's most infamous TV producer-turned-party-thrower.

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The Princess of Reform

Why the daughter of Malaysia’s opposition leader embodies the hopes of the democratic reform movement.

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Who’s the Most Powerful Woman in the World?

Hint: It's not Facebook's COO Sheryl Sandberg. She lives in Berlin and is key to solving the euro crisis.

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The Inconvenient Diplomat

A farewell to the man who spoke out against Latin America’s leading bullies.

Can You Save Diplomacy From Itself?

Carne Ross's quixotic crusade to help emerging nations get their seat at the table.

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The Man Who Brought the Black Flag to Timbuktu

A new Islamist strongman has taken the stage in North Africa. His rising power is giving him a lot of bad ideas.

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