November 2013

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Ceasefire Capitalism

Why Burma's rebels have every reason to be suspicious of government emissaries talking peace.

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Checked Out

Why Hamid Karzai's fickle recklessness imperils the future of Afghanistan.

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The Bear Hug

Vladimir Putin is cheering Ukraine's stiff-arm to Europe. But can Kiev also keep Russia at arm's length?

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Fear and Loathing in the Kingdom

How Washington stabbed the Saudis in the back, and why the Iran deal will start a nuclear arms race in the Persian Gulf.

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Imperfect Union

From protecting pandas to chucking nukes, inside the heated debate over whether Scotland should be independent.

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Justice Undone

Why is Bosnia releasing people convicted of genocide?

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The Curse of Low Expectations

Lessons for democracy from Madagascar's election.

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Tables Turned

How two women could shake up Colombia’s unprecedented peace talks with the FARC.

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The Grassroots Are Growing

Despite Ukraine's countless problems, its civil society is proving remarkably vibrant. The third in our series of Lab Reports on Ukraine.

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Open Arms

How the White House is making it easier for Iran to smuggle weapons.

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Rider on the Storm

How Israel won the Arab Spring, and why a dangerous new instability threatens the entire region's geopolitical landscape.

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Lessons from Pyongyang

How the Obama administration can protect the Iran nuclear deal by looking to past difficulties with North Korea.

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Boxed In

How Israel became the land of no good options.

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Home Alone

With Keith Alexander out fighting fires, meet the woman who's really running the NSA.

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Imitation Is the Securest Form of Flattery

Why China's powerful, new national defense posture looks so much like America's.

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The Tehran Connection

How much can a superfast algorithm tell us about Iran? Quite a lot, actually.

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Tehran’s Get Out of Jail Free Card

The nuclear deal may give Iran a freer hand in Syria.

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Never Waver

Now is the time for Obama to beat back the congressional hawks taking aim at the Iran deal.

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From Dealmaker to Salesman

Does Iran's president have the juice to sell his nuke deal at home?

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The Basket Case

One of Europe's biggest countries is on the verge of economic collapse. The second in our series of Lab Reports on Ukraine.

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The Real Nuclear Option

Why Israel might nuke Iran to prevent Tehran from going nuclear. Seriously.

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The Bad Cop Syndrome

Stung by the Obama administration's Iran deal, Israel's political class is now convinced that there's no one to trust but themselves.

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A Dangerous, Wrongheaded Deal

How the Obama administration gave Iran a win and sold out our Israeli allies.

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Is the Sky Really Falling?

The future of the aerospace defense industry is not nearly as bad as the industry would have you believe.

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Meet China’s Jack Kerouac

Adventure traveler Zhang Xinyu has found fame online, inspiring a growing number of Chinese "wage slaves" to hit the road.

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Indefinite Extension

Obama needs to consult Congress before he authorizes offensive military action in Afghanistan after 2014.

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China’s Favorite Villainess

Why Chinese TV viewers can't get enough of a fictitious, Qing-era concubine.

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In Russia, the Price of Dissent Keeps Rising

Russia's activists are battered and demoralized. But not everyone has given up.

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Our Last, Best Chance

If we can't ease sanctions in exchange for concessions, what was the point of pressuring Iran?

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Now for the Hard Part

The Iran deal is a good first step. Let's see what happens next.

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Ukraine’s Hostage Crisis

How one woman's fate is derailing Ukraine's European dream.

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Unbroken Violence

A brutal militia has surrendered in Congo -- but is the war-torn country any safer?

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‘The Worst of the Worst’

A U.S. ally is treating a would-be nation as a prison camp -- and we're doing nothing about it.

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Longform’s Picks of the Week

The best stories from around the world.

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No More Exemptions

Why Israel can no longer afford to rebuff global norms pertaining to weapons of mass destruction.

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JFK’s Greatest Legacy

America has spent 50 years asking, "What if?"

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Inside North Korea’s Crystal Meth Trade

How shamed wives, rogue chemists, and crooked doctors move 'Ice' in the Hermit Kingdom.

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Americans and Israelis Don’t See Eye to Eye on Iran

When it comes to the nuclear threat from Tehran, there’s a growing gulf between Washington and Jerusalem.

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On Syria and Iran, U.S. and Russia Can Work Together

Only cooperation between Moscow and Washington can solve the Middle East's most vexing problems.

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Thailand’s War of Attrition

As the government and opposition forces take to the streets, an exiled billionaire waits in the wings, and battle lines are drawn.

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Peak Middle East?

Why the administration is giving a free pass to Egypt's military regime.

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Meet the Spies Doing the NSA’s Dirty Work

This obscure FBI unit does the domestic surveillance that no other intelligence agency can touch.

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Rebels, Inc.

For Syria's armed opposition, business has become the key to survival. Unfortunately, that doesn't always mean fighting Assad.

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The Case of the Keystone Cossacks

Who sent a bunch of hapless Russian soldiers of fortune to go do battle in Syria?

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The Self-Serving Argument That Could Sink the Pacific Trade Deal

Congressmen cry foul over currency intervention -- until the U.S. does it.

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Smother ‘Em With Love

Why it’s time for the United States to cuddle up with Iran.

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Super Hercules in the Himalayas

How the United States is strengthening defense ties with India.

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No More Easy Wars

America is resurrecting the same strategy that failed in Iraq -- and ground troops will pay the price.

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Vive la Freeze!

Why the French are better at diplomacy than we are.

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‘The Renminbi Is Failing the Chinese People’

Now even Chinese people -- not just U.S. congressmen -- are hating on China's currency.

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Now the Social Revolution Can Begin

The end of Nepal's bloody civil war was supposed to bring freedom to the downtrodden. But democracy actually makes some things more complicated.

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What Would W Do?

Lessons in disaster recovery from Bush's underappreciated second-term rebound.

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Doctor’s Orders

How a neurosurgeon from Maryland cleaned up one of the most notoriously violent cities in Iraq.

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The Listener-In-Chief

On the road with Burma's reformist president.

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Stuxnet’s Secret Twin

The real program to sabotage Iran's nuclear facilities was far more sophisticated than anyone realized.

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Spy Copters, Lasers, and Break-In Teams

How the FBI keeps watch on foreign diplomats.

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