Puerto Rico Continues to Sink Into Bankruptcy With No Lifeline in Sight

There's no financial lifeline for Puerto Rico on the eve of a second debt default.

A child looks on as Iranian mourners attend the funeral of Mohammad Hamidi, Hasan Ghafari and Ali Amrai, all three members of the Islamic Republic's Revolutionary Guards reportedly killed in Syria, on June 25, 2015 in Tehran. According to the official IRNA news agency, the three men have been killed in fighting against the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group. AFP PHOTO / ATTA KENARE        (Photo credit should read ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)

The Year in Photos

Looking back at the most arresting images of 2015.

Hassan Rouhani, Iran's president, speaks during a news conference at the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) summit in Tehran, Iran, on Monday, Nov. 23, 2015. The talks between Putin, on his first visit to Iran since 2007, and Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei focused on the situation in Syria, where both Russia and Iran back Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, as well as the wider region. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Iran Slams Washington’s ‘Illegal’ Sanctions Plan

Tehran and the United States end 2015 with threats and recriminations over missile tests, sanctions, and visas.

Fireworks light up the sky over Sydney's Opera House (L) and Harbour Bridge during New Year celebrations in Sydney on January 1, 2016.  AFP PHOTO / Saeed KHAN / AFP / SAEED KHAN        (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Terror Fears Mute New Year’s Cheer

As the world’s metropolises prepare to bid the year farewell on Thursday, some of them are too afraid to celebrate.

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Africa’s Boom Is Over

Africa was never going to get far without manufacturing — and it can’t do so under today’s trade and investment treaties.

FRANCE - DECEMBER 01:  Salomon Ruysdael'S Work Of Art Auction "Halte Devant L'Auberge" Stolen By Nazis During The Second World War In Paris On December 1948  (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

Israel’s Nazi Art Hunters

In the aftermath of World War II, art looted from Jews spread across the globe -- including to the world’s only Jewish state. Now, there’s an effort underway to return the pieces to their rightful owners.

Medical personnel look for survivors following a reported airstrike on the Tariq al-Bab district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on February 1, 2014. Syrian government and opposition delegations leave 10 days of peace talks with few results and a follow-up meeting uncertain, but analysts and negotiators say the discussions are an important beginning. AFP PHOTO/Mohammed Al-khatieb        (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED AL-KHATIEB/AFP/Getty Images)

What Will Be the Big Story of 2016?

From new flu strains to refugees to Obama’s final moments as U.S. president, FP’s Voices predict a year of big change and challenges.

This picture taken on April 2, 2015 shows a group of Chinese university students help elderly People's Liberation Army (PLA) veterans pay their respects online to fallen comrades on Qingming festival in Bozhou, China's Anhui province.  Qingming is a traditional Chinese festival, also called Tomb Sweeping Day where families gather to commemorate and show respects to their ancestors.       CHINA OUT      AFP PHOTO        (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

China’s Top 5 Censored Posts in 2015

From deadly explosions to Winnie the Pooh, here’s the online speech the country’s censors worked hardest to silence.

German soldiers beside a tank during World War II (German Federal Archives via Wikimedia Commons).

WWII query: Why did France surrender so quickly while Russia held out for years?

Best of Best Defense: Number 1 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on June 2.


We’re getting out of the Marines because we wanted to be part of an elite force

Best of Best Defense: Number 2 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on January 4, 2013.


Annals of wars we don’t know about: The South African border war of 1966-1989

Best of Best Defense: Number 4 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on March 12.

Lee Yong-Soo (R), along with two other former South Korean "comfort women" Kim Bok-Dong (L) and Gil Won-Ok (C), voices criticism at talks with South Korean First Vice Foreign Minister Lim Sung-Nam (not pictured) during his visit to a shelter for women, who were forcibly recruited to work in Japanese wartime military brothels, in Seoul on December 29, 2015.  South Korean officials met with former "comfort women" to seek their support for a landmark deal with Japan, after criticism it does not properly atone for the treatment of women forced into WWII army brothels.  AFP PHOTO / POOL / JUNG YEON-JE / AFP / POOL / JUNG YEON-JE        (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)

The Wisdom of Japan’s Cunning Contrition

Questions for Jennifer Lind, an expert on apologies in international politics.

URIBE, COLOMBIA:  Members of the revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrilla forces, (L-R) Ivan Rios, an unidentified woman fighter, Joaquin Gomez, Marcos Calarca, Jairo and Pedro Aldana, arrive in Uriba, Colombia, 25 October 1999, for a new round of peace talks with government representatives. The talks resumed 24 October 1999 after months of delays and setbacks renewing hopes for an end to more than three decades of civil war.    (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) (Photo credit should read PEDRO UGARTE/AFP/Getty Images)

Stories You Missed in 2015

From the winding down of Colombia's 50-year war to Ireland's booming economy, here are the stories that flew under the radar this year.

TOPSHOT - A member of Iraqi pro-government forces stands amid the rubble of destroyed buildings in the Hoz neighbourhood in central Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's Anbar province, about 110 kilometers west of Baghdad, on December 27, 2015 during military operations conducted by Iraqi pro-government forces against the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group. Jihadist fighters abandoned their last stronghold in Ramadi today, bringing Iraqi federal forces within sight of their biggest victory since last year's massive offensive by the Islamic State group. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE        (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

Mapped: The Islamic State Isn’t Doing as Well as You Think

The terrorist group dominated headlines in 2015, but a string of battlefield defeats has cost the group 14 percent of the territory it used to control in Iraq and Syria.

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Why Counterterrorism Could Be the Death of Tunisian Democracy

Tunisia’s security state is threatening to undo the gains of the revolution.

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Report on NSA’s Israel Spying Sparks Backlash in Congress

The Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Wednesday that his staff is looking into allegations that U.S. spies collected communications between the Israeli government and members of Congress.


The Second Coming of Khomeini

The grandson of the Islamic Republic's founder is entering the political fray in Tehran — and could just be President Rouhani's savior.


Justice for ‘Affluenza’ Teen, Candidate For Worst Person of the Year, Delayed in Mexico

Mexican authorities have delayed deportation of the so-called "affluenza" teen, Ethan Couch.


The GOP Plan to Bring Back a Unipolar World

Republicans seem to think that by banging the drum for increased defense spending, they can restore America's greatness. They're wrong.


Anti-Terror Raids Are Not the Best Time to Host Orgies at Police Stations

Belgian authorities are investigating whether police and soldiers used the country's terror lockdown to participate in group sex.


Think the Army wants free thinking? This is what happened to me after I wrote a piece for Best Defense — with approval

Best of Best Defense: Number 4 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on November 6.

A car vehicle burns after it was set on fire inside the US consulate compound in Benghazi late on September 11, 2012. An armed mob protesting over a film they said offended Islam, attacked the US consulate in Benghazi and set fire to the building, killing one American, witnesses and officials said.          AFP PHOTO        (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/GettyImages)

Whiskey-5 Hotel: The 6 biggest points of bullshit being peddled about Benghazi

Best of Best Defense: Number 5 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on October 22.


	A U.S. Army Abrams M1A1 tank takes a defensive position at a staging area during Ready Crucible in Germany, on Feb. 11, 2005.  Over 50 tanks from the 1st Armor Division, Humvees, and support vehicles drove through more than 60 kilometers of German roadway and farmlands making Ready Crucible the largest movement of American armor in Germany since the 1980's.  DoD photo by Richard Bumgardner, U.S. Army.  (Released)

The Best Defense list of the top 10 songs for heading into combat

Best of Best Defense: Number 6 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on November 12, 2010.


What Foreign Policy Staff Read in 2015

FP staff share some of the best books they read in 2015.


Can Music Be an Effective Weapon?

2015 Global Thinkers Sonita Alizadeh and Helly Luv discuss how they’ve both used music to fight — against the Islamic State and against the institution of marriage.

United States Secretary of State John Kerry poses with Foreign Affairs Minister of Iran Javad Zarif during a bilateral talk at the United Nations headquarters on September 26, 2015, at the United Nations in New York. AFP PHOTO/Dominick Reuter        (Photo credit should read DOMINICK REUTER/AFP/Getty Images)

Iran Deal Hits a Milestone as Challenges Mount

Tehran has gotten rid of huge amounts of uranium, but opponents in Washington and Iran could still derail the landmark deal.

AMES, IA - JULY 18:  Republican presidential hopeful Senator Ted Cruz of Texas fields questions at The Family Leadership Summit at Stephens Auditorium on July 18, 2015 in Ames, Iowa. According to the organizers the purpose of The Family Leadership Summit is to inspire, motivate, and educate conservatives.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The Best Worst Quotes of 2015

The top 20 bloviations, lies, and just plain dumb lines from U.S. government officials and politicians this year.

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The Men in the Middle

Two young, charismatic leaders in Israel and Turkey are taking on right-wing governments and trying to transform their countries' politics. Can they change the Middle East without firing a shot?

French policemen patrol at the Christmas market area in Strasbourg, eastern France, on November 27, 2015, on its opening day. For security reasons the city center has been closed to car traffic during the whole period of Strasbourg's Christmas market, following the November 13 Paris attacks.  AFP PHOTO / PATRICK HERTZOG / AFP / PATRICK HERTZOG        (Photo credit should read PATRICK HERTZOG/AFP/Getty Images)

French Thieves Give a Christmas Gift to the Police

French thieves spread some holiday cheer to an unlikely place -- the police station.

A man reads, in a newsroom in Paris, the last issue of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo on January 13, 2015. A defiant Charlie Hebdo cover of a crying Prophet Mohammed above the slogan "All is Forgiven" was reproduced by media around the world on January 13, its first since many of its staff were slain in a jihadi attack that killed 12 people on January 7. This week's post-attack edition of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo will be made available in six languages including English, Arabic and Turkish. AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND GUAY        (Photo credit should read BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)

Syria and France Were the Deadliest Places for Journalists in 2015

Journalists continue to take huge risks to report the news, with the most killed in Syria and France this year.

BEIJING, CHINA - DECEMBER 28: (CHINA OUT) A visitor takes photos near the National Center for the Performing Arts on December 28, 2015 in Beijing, China. Beijing welcame sunny days after several-days' heavy smog last week.  (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

China, Circa 2016

From political and ideological infighting, to labor rights, to the South China Sea, here's what's brewing in the new year.

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The Problem With Ukrainian Police Reform

Ukraine’s police are getting a much-praised makeover. But there could be trouble down the road.


This Photo Shows Why Hillary’s Cruising

One person - a guy named Kenneth - showed up at Martin O'Malley's Iowa town hall last night.

Jampacked with more than 7,000 refugees, the South Vietnamese Navy ship HQ-504 arrives at Vung Tau port, the South Vietnam' s most popular sea resort, and now the only port city in the Government hands. More than 20,000 Vietnamese refugees including those from Hue and Danang arrived at Vung Tau from Cam Ranh Bay, on board the Navy ships. The cease fire agreement was signed during the international peace conference on Vietnam the 02 March 1973 in Paris.        (Photo credit should read STAFF/AFP/Getty Images)

Setting the record straight on the end of the Vietnam War (3): Not a lost victory

Best of Best Defense: Number 7 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on April 16.


We romanticize military service — until we see some combat and bury some friends

Best of Best Defense: Number 8 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on September 17.

ARLINGTON, VA - MAY 24:  Small US flags wave in the wind after being placed in front of headstones at Arlington National Cemetery during the Flag-In Ceremony ahead of the Memorial Day weekend May 24, 2007 in Arlington, Virginia. It took approximately 3 hours for 1,300 soldiers, sailors and marines to put more than 300,000 flags in front of each of the gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Gold Star Wives aren’t gold-diggers. This is how it works out these days, financially.

Best of Best Defense: Number 9 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on October 8.

Condoms to be distributed Freida Downey, aka Caped  Condom Crusader. (Matt Goins/Lexington Herald-Leader/MCT via Getty Images)

Why It’s Not a Good Idea to Blow Up a Condom Machine

A German man died this week after he blew up a condom machine.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter looks on as fake dollar notes fly around him, thrown by a British comedian during a press conference at the FIFA world-body headquarter's on July 20, 2015 in Zurich. The 79-year-old Swiss official looked shaken as the notes thrown by Simon Brodkin, stagename Lee Nelson, fluttered around him in a conference hall at the FIFA headquarters. Brodkin was taken away in a Swiss police car after the stunt. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP / FABRICE COFFRINI        (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

The Worst Corruption Scandals of 2015

A number of corruption scandals exploded in 2015. FP looks back at some of the most egregious.

TOPSHOT - Members of Iraq's elite counter-terrorism service secure on December 27, 2015 the Hoz neighbourhood in central Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's Anbar province, about 110 kilometers west of Baghdad, during military operations conducted by Iraqi pro-government forces against the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group. Jihadist fighters abandoned their last stronghold in Ramadi today, bringing Iraqi federal forces within sight of their biggest victory since last year's massive offensive by the Islamic State group. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE        (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

Winning Hearts and Minds in Ramadi

The Iraqi military has retaken one of the Islamic State's biggest strongholds. But can Baghdad persuade frightened Sunnis to come home?


Putin’s No-Spin Zone

Russian political talk shows have become circuses of angry pensioners, cornered liberals, and camo-clad Ukrainian rebels. And they’re more popular than ever.

BAGHDAD, Iraq:  A Iraqi boy shakes hands with a US soldier during the Food Distribution Mission operated by Alpha Company, 425th Civil Affairs Company and 304th PYSOP Company of Task Force 4-64 Armor in Baghdad's Janain area, 29 August 2005.  AFP PHOTO/LIU Jin  (Photo credit should read LIU JIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Killing the Islamic State Softly

Military power will win battles in Syria and Iraq, but only soft power can win the war.

Pakistani Rangers carry the coffin of a colleague killed during an assault by militants on Karachi airport during funeral ceremonies in Karachi on June 9, 2014. Twenty-eight people were killed as Pakistan's military fought an all-night battle with Taliban gunmen who besieged Karachi airport armed with rocket launchers and suicide vests, leaving a nascent peace process in tatters. Ten militants were among the dead, officials said, as Pakistan's biggest city witnessed a return of the kind of spectacular offensive waged before by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) during an insurgency that has claimed thousands of lives since 2007. AFP PHOTO/Rizwan TABASSUM        (Photo credit should read RIZWAN TABASSUM/AFP/Getty Images)

Pakistani Taliban Boast of a Deadly and Productive 2015

The Pakistani Taliban bragged Monday that they have killed more than 680 people this year.


Wait, What? State Department Says U.S. Brought ‘Peace, Security’ to Syria in 2015

Despite evidence to the contrary, the State Department says the U.S. brought "peace" and "security" to Syria in 2015.

President Barack Obama May 1, 2011. 
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The Crisis Manager’s Cheat Sheet for 2016

Next year will have no shortage of war and conflict. Now’s the time to start setting priorities.

Myanmar military officials arrive for Myanmar's first parliament meeting after general elections, at the Lower House of Parliament in Naypyidaw on November 16, 2015. Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi returned to parliament November 16 along with dozens of rivals freshly hammered by her pro-democracy party's landslide election victory as the legislature begins a overseeing the country's delicate transition. AFP PHOTO / Ye Aung THU        (Photo credit should read Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images)

This Photo Collage Earned a Burmese Activist Six Months in Prison

An activist in Myanmar was sentenced to six months in prison for comparing the military's uniforms to an opposition leader's skirt.


Ramadi 2015 vs. Burma 1942: Spin vs. grit

Best of Best Defense: Number 10 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on June 1.

U.S. Marine Cpl. Kyle Click, a dog handler with 3rd Platoon, Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, and 22-year-old native of Grand Rapids, Mich., shares a moment with Windy, an improvised explosive device detection dog, while waiting to resume a security patrol here, Feb. 27, 2012. On deployment in Helmand province’s Garmsir district, the ‘America’s Battalion’ dog handlers and their improvised explosive device detection dogs live, travel and work together. In a combat environment largely devoid of the safety and comforts of home, the energetic Labrador retrievers are neither pets nor expendable objects. They’re faithful friends and saviors of Marines. Since arriving here in November, IED detection dogs have found four drug caches and two IEDs.

WDotW: Actually, No, There Are No Military Dogs Left Behind

Best of Best Defense: Number 11 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on September 19, 2014.


Army battalion commander at Ft. Carson: ‘You want toxic? I’ll show you toxic’

Best of Best Defense: Number 12 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on October 23, 2014.


Here’s What Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and Pope Francis Have in Common

President Obama, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and Pope Francis are among the most admired public figures in the United States.

Students from Johannesburg and Witts universities, hold placards reading 'Zuma must fall', as they arrive at the African National Congress ruling party (ANC) headquarters, on October 22, 2015, in Johannesburg, to protest against university fee hikes. University activism has been increasing this year as students vent their anger over the limited racial transformation in education since racist white-minority rule ended with Nelson Mandela's election in 1994. Many students says higher fees -- which could rise by 10 percent a year -- will further prevent poorer black youths gaining university education. AFP PHOTO / MUJAHID SAFODIEN        (Photo credit should read MUJAHID SAFODIEN/AFP/Getty Images)

The Unraveling of Jacob Zuma

South Africa’s president just sacked two finance ministers in a week. Now many in his own party are questioning whether he should still be in charge.

Chinese workers produce various components at the Mansfield Manufacturing plant in Dongguan, southern China's Guangdong province on October 20, 2008. At least 2.7 million factory workers in southern China could lose their jobs as the global economic crisis hits demand for electronics, toys and clothes, as the region has seen massive export-driven expansion in recent years by supplying the world with cheap consumer goods, but rising production costs and falling US and European demand have marked a swift end to the boom.       AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Cards Against Humanity Is All For Chinese Workers

The irreverent card game maker claims to have sent Chinese factory workers on a paid vacation.


Why Can’t Ex-Chinese Leaders Travel Abroad?

Xi Jinping’s secret strategy for dealing with China’s powerful retired elite.

XIAN, CHINA - DECEMBER 21: (CHINA OUT) Customers pose with Nicholas from Finland, dressed as the Santa Claus during a promotion in a department store on December 21, 2008 in Xian of Shaanxi Province, China. Christmas continues to gain popularity each year in the Chinese consumer culture.  (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)

Finland’s Santa-Industrial Complex

Many countries have claimed to be the official home of Father Christmas. But only Finland has Santa’s elves cranking out tourism gold.

U.S. Marines with Golf Company, Battalion Landing Team 2/6, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), exit a building through a window during military operations in urban terrain training, at Fort Pickett, Va., April 11, 2015. The 26th MEU and its supporting elements are conducting realistic urban training in preparation for deployment to the 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility later this year. (U.S Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Jalen D. Phillips/Released)

An open letter to my ex-lover, the USMC

Best of Best Defense: Number 13 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on May 8.


Why USAF is overdue for reorganization

Best of Best Defense: Number 14 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on September 21.


There’s a reason America’s vets can’t find work but not what Ben Bernanke thinks

Best of Best Defense: Number 15 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on October 5.

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When the NSA Is a Hacker’s Best Friend

Clinton and Trump want Silicon Valley to make it easier for the government to eavesdrop. An NSA gaffe that harmed a leading networking company shows how dangerous that could be.

Foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov (L) and US Secretary of State John Kerry  hold a news conference after a UN Security Council meeting on Syria at the United Nations in New York on December 18, 2015. The UN Security Council on Friday unanimously adopted a resolution endorsing a peace process to end the nearly five-year war in Syria.  AFP PHOTO/ TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY        (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

In Syria, Moscow’s Terrorist Is Washington’s Freedom Fighter

The United States, Russia, Iran, and Saudi Arabia are at odds over which Syrian fighters they'll be able to shoot as terrorists — and which will be labeled moderates.

People mourn the death of Dinka Chala who was shot dead by the Ethiopian forces the day earlier, in the Yubdo Village, about 100 km from Addis Ababa in the Oromia region, on 17 December 2015. 
Dinka Chala was accused of protesting, but his family says he was not involved. Tensions have been riding high between the population of Oromia and the Federal Government of Ethiopia. The population of Oromia are unhappy with the current Master Plan which is overtaking Oromo lands surrounding Addis Ababa. The protests have been ongoing for the past three weeks, with government responding in force with live ammunition. The Government also claims death tolls of around 5, the unofficial figure made by protesters has reached up to 40+.  / AFP / ZACHARIAS ABUBEKER        (Photo credit should read ZACHARIAS ABUBEKER/AFP/Getty Images)

Revolt in an African Stasi State

For years Ethiopia has crushed anyone who opposes its development plan. Now an ethnic uprising threatens to crash the country's high-flying economy.

A Somali man holds a Somali flag while others dance during a ceremony feting the first year of President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed's shaky rule at Villa Somalia, the presidential palace, lies on the ground in Mogadishu on January 28, 2010. Al Qaeda-linked Somali insurgents on January 29 rained mortar rounds on a ceremony feting the first year of President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed's shaky rule after a night of fighting that killed at least nine. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)

The Mogadishu That Stole Christmas

Somalia has banned all Christmas celebrations this year, citing the holiday's Christian roots alongside security concerns.


Syria’s Stalingrad

Assad hopes to turn Homs into a symbol of his government's resurgent fortunes — but it might end up as an icon of his utter brutality.


How the ‘Ninja Lanternshark’ Got Its Name

Four children and a shark researcher spoke in a Google Hangout. The rest is taxonomic history.


Witness Rand Paul’s Epic Festivus Airing of Grievances

Rand Paul is taking Festivus seriously with a rant against politicians and Washington.


A Surge in Women’s Employment Is Driving Japan’s Economy

But a host of other negative indicators are pulling it into recession. Why can't Tokyo get its act together?


The Ghosts of Refugees Past

On the small Greek island of Lesbos, thousands of Syrians are arriving each day. But will empathy for an earlier flood of refugees trump the fear of being overrun?


Watch Marines Build the Bridge Iraq Is Using to Take Back Ramadi

The Iraqi army is using a floating bridge given by the United States to score a huge military win in Ramadi.

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Amnesty: Russian Strikes Have Indiscriminately Targeted Civilians in Syria

A new report from Amnesty International found that Russia appears to have repeatedly targeted civilians in Syria.


A letter to the West Point Class of 2014: No combat patch? That’s no problem!

Best of Best Defense: Number 16 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on April 22, 2014.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (L), German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier (2ndL), UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura (7thL), US Secretary of State John Kerry (5thR), Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (4thR), Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Li Baodong (2ndR) and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif (R) wait before a meeting with 17 nations, the European Union and United Nations at the Hotel Imperial on October 30, 2015 in Vienna, Austria. Kerry and other leaders are in Vienna to discuss solutions to the conflict in Syria. AFP PHOTO / POOL / BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

A Skeptic’s Take on Solving Syria

Bashar al-Assad is just one of many obstacles in the way of pulling a war-torn country out of chaos. At least for now.


So you want to take back Mosul from ISIS? Are you ready for a 10-year seige?

Best of Best Defense: Number 17 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on December 2.


Military physical training: It’s a problem bigger than obesity, with no easy solutions

Best of Best Defense: Number 18 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on February 18.

Coal miners finish the final shift before closure at the Kellingley Colliery in Yorkshire, northern England, on December 18, 2015. The shutdown of the mine in Yorkshire in northern England closes a 200-year chapter of Britain's industrial history. AFP PHOTO / POOL / NIGEL RODDIS / AFP / POOL / NIGEL RODDIS        (Photo credit should read NIGEL RODDIS/AFP/Getty Images)

The Final Lump of Coal in Britain’s Stocking

The closure of the last deep pit mine in the United Kingdom marks the end of an industry that built an empire.


How Merkel Gets It Right With Refugees

2015 Global Thinker Chris Catrambone and 2011 Global Thinker Saskia Sassen discuss how Europe will benefit from the influx of migrants — if only it will let them in.

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Last-Minute Gifts for Wonks: 2015 Edition

Holiday shopping suggestions for the discerning international politics connoisseur.


The Islamic State of Afghanistan

With the caliphate growing across Central Asia, it's time to make a deal with the Taliban -- the enemy we know.


Some People Say Hillary Clinton Is ‘Hispandering’ With ‘Abuela’ Ad

The hashtag #NotMyAbuela is trending after Hillary Clinton releases a "7 things Hillary Clinton has in common with your abuela" advertisement.

Young men take part in the third world bicycle ride against drug trafficking and in favor of the legalization of self-cultivation of marijuana for medicinal and recreational purposes in Medellin, Antioquia department, Colombia on October 4, 2014.  AFP PHOTO/Raul ARBOLEDA        (Photo credit should read RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Drug-Torn Colombia Just Made (Medicinal) Weed Legal

Colombia is still fighting the cocaine trade but is embracing medicinal pot.

during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on August 29, 2013 in Columbia, South Carolina.

Reports of American Fears Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

Despite threats of terrorism and concerns over Muslim immigrants, the numbers show the U.S. public hasn’t completely lost its collective head.

Journalists (bottom) prevented from moving any closer to the site by security personnel, shoot outside the site of landslide that hit an industrial park in Shenzhen in south China's Guangdong province on December 22, 2015. Rescuers struggled to claw away a massive mound of mud engulfing an industrial district in China on December 22 in a desperate bid to find survivors among 76 missing people following a landslide that occurred despite multiple warnings.  CHINA OUT   AFP PHOTO / STR / AFP / STR        (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

After Deadly Chinese Landslide, Word Games Begin

A spectacular accident has left dozens missing and at least one dead. But who is to blame?


How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Donald

What does the most fabulous GOP candidate need to know about national security?


U.S. Sends Putin a Reminder to Stop Meddling in Ukraine

The United States slapped additional penalties on Russia for its continuing actions in Ukraine.

Now Is Not The Time To Abandon Afghanistan

Feeling the pressure from insurgent terrorist groups and internal political divisions, Afghanistan will fall apart if the United States does not act.

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President Maduro and His Imaginary Parliament

Venezuela’s opposition has just won a majority in the National Assembly — but the ruling socialists are already working to undermine it.

READING, ENGLAND - AUGUST 28:  Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit performs on Day 1 of The Reading Festival at Richfield Avenue on August 28, 2015 in Reading, England.  (Photo by Chiaki Nozu/Getty Images)

Ukraine to Fred Durst: You Chose Russia, and You Can’t Have Us Both

Ukraine has banned American musician Fred Durst from entering the country for five years.


León: The Professional

Meet the man behind Libya’s peace deal. But did he become entangled in the same networks of money and power that have plagued this war-torn country?

A picture taken on August 21, 2014 shows Internally Displaced People (IDP) sitting in Mubi camp in Nigeria's northeastern Adamawa State. Mostly women and children, the IDPs in Mubi fled their homes in Gwoza, Borno State, to neighbouring Adamawa State following incessant attacks by Islamists insurgents Boko Haram. Nearly 11,500 people from one town in northeast Nigeria are receiving emergency aid after fleeing Boko Haram militants, the country's main relief agency said on on August 21. The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said 11,442 men, women and children from Gwoza in Borno state had been registered at two facilities for displaced people in neighbouring Adamawa state. The Islamists took over Gwoza, which lies near the border with Cameroon, on August 7 and NEMA said the town was "still under siege".  AFP PHOTO/ OLATUNJI OMIRIN        (Photo credit should read OLATUNJI OMIRIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Boko Haram Has Forced 1 Million Children Out of School

Boko Haram militants have forced 1 million children out of school.


Trump Hits Below the Belt to Attack Hillary Clinton

Donald Trump unleashes his most vulgar attack to date on Hillary Clinton.


Turkey to Putin: Welcome to the bigs

Best of Best Defense: Number 19 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on November 25.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks to Gen. Ray Odierno (C) and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Christopher Hill (L) at the American Embassy in Baghdad, on July 3, 2010. AFP PHOTO / ALI AL-SAADI (Photo credit should read ALI AL-SAADI/AFP/Getty Images)

How much did Ambassador Chris Hill lie to the Washington Post? A lot, I think

Best of Best Defense: Number 20 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on March 31.

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The lessons of Debaltseve: Armored vehicles still matter, but they need to be mobile, lethal, and survivable

Best of Best Defense: Number 21 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on March 19.


On Trump, the GOP, and Muslim Refugees

The pursuit of life, liberty, and a culture of religious intolerance.


Turkmen President Says ‘Neigh’ to Horse Name Changes

The president of Turkmenistan has made some strange adjustments to the country's horse laws.


The Afghanistan Land Bridge Is Finally Here

A long-awaited gas pipeline could bring prosperity and stability to some of the poorest countries in Central and South Asia. But can the project survive Kandahar?


One of the Biggest Objections to the TPP Just Went Up In Smoke

Philip Morris just lost the case against the Australian government that had opponents of the deal wringing their hands.

A US soldier stands guard at the site of a suicide attack in the Afghan capital Kabul on September 16, 2014. A Taliban suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden car into a NATO convoy close to the US embassy in Kabul on September 16, killing three soldiers and wounding at least 13 Afghan civilians. At the side of the road, US and Polish troops gave first-aid to blood-stained comrades beside the wrecked remains of a military vehicle, but the nationality of the dead soldiers was not confirmed. AFP PHOTO/Wakil Kohsar        (Photo credit should read WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Resurgent Taliban Kill 6 U.S. Troops in Afghanistan

A suicide bomber on a motorcycle Monday dealt NATO its bloodiest blow in more than a year, killing six U.S. troops, while wounding three others.

When It Comes to Sexual Assault, Afghanistan Is All Talk And No Action

Everyone — men, women, parliament, and police — must come to the table for a meaningful and lasting solution.

Zimbabwean President's wife, Grace Mugabe raises her fist as she addresses at a rally in Harare on July 28, 2013. Zimbabweans go to the polls on July 31 to choose between veteran President Robert Mugabe and long-time rival Morgan Tsvangirai. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE        (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)

From Gucci Grace to President Mugabe?

Zimbabwe’s wildly unpopular first lady is making a play to succeed her husband as president. She might know something about his health that the rest of us don’t.

Jaroslaw Kaczynski, leader of conservative PiS (Law and Justice) party arrives to cast his ballot for the European Parliament elections on May 25, 2014 at a polling station in Warsaw. AFP PHOTO / WOJTEK RADWANSKI        (Photo credit should read WOJTEK RADWANSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

The Plane Crash Conspiracy Theory That Explains Poland

Five years after the country’s president and 95 others went down in a forest in Russia, Poland’s new leaders are pouring fuel on the cover-up fire.


Sepp Blatter: My Downfall Is America’s Fault

Sepp Blatter blamed America for his eight-year ban from soccer.

Top Turkish Cleric: Islamic State and Prophet Mohammed Cartoons Cause Equal Damage

The head of Turkey's religious authority said Monday that both the Islamic State and the Prophet Mohammed have been equally as damaging.


Can Obama Spur a Reform Within Islam?

The president is well poised to create real change — if he's willing to go the distance.


Sen. Lindsey Graham Is Out of the 2016 GOP Presidential Race

Sen. Lindsey Graham, the most vocal Republican critic of Donald Trump, suspends his campaign for the presidency.

SAO BERNARDO DO CAMPO, BRAZIL - OCTOBER 5:  Former Brazil President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (C) gestures after voting during the first round of presidential elections on October 5, 2014  in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil. Incumbent President Dilma Rousseff is competing against social democrat Aecio Neves and environmentalist Marina Silva with a run-off vote expected October 26. (Photo by Victor Moriyama/Getty Images)

Return of the Lula

With Brazil mired in scandal, is the leftist former president about to ditch his hand-picked successor and take the reins once more?

ANXIAN COUNTY, CHINA - AUGUST 24: (CHINA OUT) A mental patient, who suffers from schizophrenia caused by the Sichuan earthquake, lies in bed with arms and legs being bound at the Anxian Mental Hospital on August 24, 2008 in Anxian County of Sichuan Province, China. The building of the hospital has collapsed in the Sichuan earthquake and 95 patients have moved into temporary houses. Mental diseases of some patients were caused by the May 12 earthquake.  (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)

China Begins to Bring Mentally Ill ‘Back to Society’

Mental illness has long been stigmatized there. Now a new law is helping patients and families seek treatment.

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Meet the Man Showing the World What Airstrikes Are Doing to Syria

For years, Rami Jarrah has documented the human toll of civil war in Syria. Now he's documenting outside interventions, too.

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Was John F. Kennedy the flat-out absolute worst U.S. president of the 20th century?

Best of Best Defense: Number 22 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on July 15, 2011.


Should the United States pass intelligence to help Anonymous go after ISIS?

Best of Best Defense: Number 23 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on November 16.


Iraq 2011: Jet skiing the Triangle of Death, listening to Bee Gee songs — and pondering what comes next

Best of Best Defense: Number 24 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on June 21, 2011.

Muslims pray on the west front of the US Capitol on September 25, 2009 in Washington, DC. The event “Islam on Capitol Hill” was held to pray “for the soul of America” and to show Islamic unity, according to organizers.  AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Islam Is All-American

Long before Donald Trump’s demonizing of Muslims, the Founding Fathers debated whether Islam should be defended.

<> at London Zoo on May 2, 2013 in London, England.

Longform’s Picks of the Week

The best stories from around the world.


What Does Putin Want?

The Russian leader has been stirring the pot from Crimea to Syria — but to what end?

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It Is, By Far, The Worst Time to Be a Turkish Journalist

A doctor on trial for comparing President Erodgan to Gollum is only the most visible example of Ankara's growing crackdown on freedom of expression.


Obama Says San Bernardino Attackers Like Mass Shooters: Hard to Stop

President Obama likened the search for lone-wolf terrorists to finding mass shooters.

Pakistani devotees leave after offering Eid prayers at the start of the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of Ramadan at the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore on July 18, 2015. Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid al-Fitr which marks the end of the month of Ramadan, after the sighting of the new crescent moon. AFP PHOTO / Arif ALI        (Photo credit should read Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)

Pakistan’s Failed War On Ideology

Pakistan may be winning the war against radicals on the battlefield, but it’s losing the war for hearts and minds.

A man grabs the barrel of the weapon from a Burundi policeman  during a scuffle with residents angered by a search operation in the of the Cibitoke neighbourhood of Bujumbura on June 27, 2015. 
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African Union Set to Deploy 5,000 Peacekeepers in Burundi

With the small Central African country spiraling toward chaos, the AU may be about to make an unprecedented decision to force a peacekeeping mission.

The supreme commander of the Pakistani army General Raheel Sharif salutes as he inspects a military honor guard at the Pakistani army's headquarters in Islamabad on December 9, 2015.     AFP PHOTO / POOL / KAY NIETFELD / AFP / POOL / KAY NIETFELD        (Photo credit should read KAY NIETFELD/AFP/Getty Images)

The False Savior of Pakistan

Pakistanis hope that the army’s new chief of staff, Raheel Sharif, will crack down on militants and boost security. But can one man change a corrupt legal system and prejudiced security infrastructure?


A Gas-Powered Rapprochement Between Turkey and Israel

After five years of discord, Ankara and Jerusalem are ready to mend ties, driven in no small part by Turkey’s desire to get access to Israeli natural gas.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 18:  Jars of Nutella are displayed on a shelf at a market on August 18, 2014 in San Francisco, California.  The threat of a Nutella shortage is looming after a March frost in Turkey destroyed nearly 70 percent of the hazelnut crops, the main ingredient in the popular chocolate spread. Turkey is the largest producer of hazelnuts in the world.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

If Your Name Is Isis, You’re Not Getting a Personalized Jar of Nutella

A campaign to design your own Nutella label appears to be excluding anyone named Isis.


Who Is Really Putting Nepal Back Together?

Half a year after Nepal's devastating earthquake, its the smaller community organizations that are helping the country rebuild, while the giants of disaster relief lag behind.

US Secretary of State John Kerry and State Department Chief of Staff Jon Finer (L) meet with members of the US delegation at the garden of the Palais Coburg hotel where the Iran nuclear talks meetings are being held in Vienna, Austria July 10, 2015. Iran accused major powers on Friday of backtracking on previous pledges and throwing up new "red lines" at nuclear talks, after the deadline to reach an agreement in time to receive expedited scrutiny from the US Congress expired with no deal. AFP PHOTO / POOL / CARLOS BARRIA        (Photo credit should read CARLOS BARRIA/AFP/Getty Images)

Inside Kerry’s Leadership Changes for 2016

Kerry plans to name his chief of staff as head of Policy Planning, a move that seeks to revitalize Foggy Bottom’s moribund ideas shop.

Philippine navy officers prepare to board an Indian Navy ship berthed at pier 15 berthed at pier 15 after arriving in Manila on June 13, 2013. Four ships from the Indian Navy arrived in Manila on June 13 for a five-day visit including onboard tours, a passage exercise and goodwill games between the two countries. AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO        (Photo credit should read JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images)

Is India Ready To Be a Power in the Pacific?

Despite New Delhi’s reassurances, it has yet to build a “blue water navy,” a force capable of operating in open seas and projecting power to areas of strategic interest.


British-Accented Donald Trump Is the Best Thing You’ll Hear All Day

Listen to Donald Trump dubbed with a British accent. You won't regret it.

ALEPPO, SYRIA - DECEMBER 03: Members of opposition groups make preparations during the US-led coalition airstrikes against DAESH positions at Brekida village in Aleppo, Syria on December 03, 2015. (Photo by Huseyin Nasir/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

The Chaos Coalition

New York talks aimed at ending the Syrian civil war are exposing the sprawling strategy gulf in the coalition against the Islamic State.

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How Global Displacement Will Reach All-Time High, in Maps and Charts

A new U.N. report demonstrates how global displacement rose in the first half of 2015 and how it is expected to exceed records by the end of the year.

A car vehicle burns after it was set on fire inside the US consulate compound in Benghazi late on September 11, 2012. An armed mob protesting over a film they said offended Islam, attacked the US consulate in Benghazi and set fire to the building, killing one American, witnesses and officials said.          AFP PHOTO        (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/GettyImages)

Whiskey-5 Hotel: The 6 biggest points of bullshit being peddled about Benghazi

Best of Best Defense: Number 25 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on October 22.


Bringing Back the Russo-American Axis

It's high time for Obama and Putin to put aside the differences that dog them, and focus on destroying the Islamic State.


Finally, official recognition that CGSC is broken, bust and in the ditch

Best of Best Defense: Number 26 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on September 25.


Time to follow Gen. Buckner’s example and pull down that Confederate flag

Best of Best Defense: Number 27 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on June 22.

Outgoing US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks to the press at the Pentagon in Washington,DC on January 22, 2015.   AFP PHOTO/NICHOLAS KAMM        (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

Hagel: The White House Tried to ‘Destroy’ Me

In an exclusive interview, Chuck Hagel said the Obama administration micromanaged the Pentagon, stabbed him in the back on the way out — and still has no strategy for fixing Syria.


Fast, Radioactive, and Out of Control

India is not adequately safeguarding its booming nuclear installations and material, U.S. officials and experts say.

BEIJING, CHINA - DECEMBER 11: (CHINA OUT) Members of the North Korean female music group Moranbong Band leave the hotel for concert rehearsal on December 11, 2015 in Beijing, China. The Moranbong Band will perform at the National Centre for the Performing Arts from December 12 to 14. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress)***_***

Lips, Teeth, and the Case of the Vanishing Legs

Why did North Korea’s miniskirt-clad girl band walk away from a big international performance in Beijing?


American Commandos Hit the Ground in Syria

U.S. forces teaming up with Syrian Arabs and Kurds to push ISIS out of Raqqa


Why Did Brazil Block WhatsApp?

Was it encryption... or the tangled web of extraterritorial data requests?


UN Security Council Goes After Islamic State Cash

The UN Security Council passed a resolution targeting Islamic State finances Thursday.

GRAFENRHEINFELD, GERMANY - JUNE 11:  Steam rises from the Grafenrheinfeld nuclear power plant as electricity pylons stand before it at night on June 11, 2015 near Grafenrheinfeld, Germany. The Grafenrheinfeld plant, which is owned by German utilitiy E.ON and has been in operation since 1981, is scheduled to cease operation later this month on June 27. Germany is withdrawing itself from nuclear energy reliance and has established ambitious goals for increasing its capacity of renewable energy sources.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Pakistan Needs a Nuclear Future, Not a Nuclear Deal

A nuclear agreement between Pakistan and the United States benefits everyone. Except Pakistan.


IMF Chief Lagarde Faces Possible Jail Time For Payment to French Businessman

IMF chief Christine Lagarde is in legal hot water over a $432 million payout to a French businessman.

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On Human Rights Day, a Tunisian Court Sent Six Men to Prison For Being Gay

Five years after a revolution transformed Tunisia, the country still has a long way to go on human rights.

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The 19th-Century Savior for 21st-Century Climate Change

The negotiators in Paris should've asked: What would Alexander von Humboldt do?

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Mapped: Bangladesh Still Has a Garment Factory Problem

A new report released by NYU found that 3 million garment workers in Bangladesh remain at risk.

US Republican Senator from Tennessee Bob Corker, chairman of  the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, listens to a speaker during a hearing on the Iran nuclear deal on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on December 17, 2015.   AFP PHOTO/NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM        (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

Corker: Iranian Elections Are Steering U.S. Policy on Tehran

A top Republican senator on Thursday said the Obama administration is failing to respond to Iran’s ballistic missile violations out of concern for the impact U.S. actions might have on the Islamic Republic’s parliamentary elections next year.


Pay attention when ISIS members call themselves ‘Strangers’ — it is meaningful

Best of Best Defense: Number 28 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on September 22.


‘Team of Teams’: The new McChrystal book is good but a bit heavy on SEAL role

Best of Best Defense: Number 29 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015.


There’s a good reason to keep boxing mandatory at West Point: Combat

Best of Best Defense: Number 30 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on October 12.

CIUDAD DE GUATEMALA, GUATEMALA:  Anders Kompass, representante del Alto Comisiondado de las Naciones Unidas para los Derechos Humanos en Guatemala, responde preguntas de la prensa en Ciudad de Guatemala, el 13 de Febrero de 2006. Para la ONU la complejidad del fenomeno de la violencia en Guatemala se agudiza por la debilidad en los sistemas de informacion y analisis y por escasa capacidad de la Policia Nacional Civil (PNC) y del Ministerio Publico (MP) para investigar y esclarecer los delitos. El 2005, segun la ONU, fue el mas violento de los ultimos anos en lo que se refiere al derecho de la vida en Guatemala, al registrarse 5.338 homicidios.  AFP   PHOTO/Orlando SIERRA.  (Photo credit should read ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images)

The U.N. Official Who Blew the Lid off Central African Republic Sex Scandal Vindicated

Anders Kompass was cleared of charges that he improperly gave the French a confidential paper documenting sexual abuse in the Central African Republic.


The Dirty Secret of the Paris Climate Deal

In order to hit the goal of warming “well below” 2 degrees Celsius, we’re relying on a host of unproven, risky future technologies.

After the walls went up, behind them construction began on a vasdt runway intended for unmanned aerial reconnaissance vehicles, and drones.

India Is Building a Top-Secret Nuclear City to Produce Thermonuclear Weapons, Experts Say

The weapons could upgrade India as a nuclear power — and deeply unsettle Pakistan and China.


U.S. Aims to Lift 40-Year-Old Oil Export Ban

Finally allowing crude oil exports shows the strength of the U.S. energy boom, but shipping crude overseas makes little sense right now with rock-bottom prices.

A woman walks past the statue of Alexander the Great under the shelter of her umbrella as snow falls in Thessaloniki on February 9, 2015. A number of roads in northern Greece were closed after temperatures dropped below zero and snow fell in many parts.  AFP PHOTO /Sakis Mitrolidis        (Photo credit should read SAKIS MITROLIDIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Greece Doesn’t Like Macedonia’s Name. We Have Ideas for a New One.

For more than two decades Greece has asked Macedonia to change its name. Is now when it will finally happen?


Controversial Cybersecurity Measure Set for Final Approval

The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act would hand companies expansive liability protection for sharing threat information with the government.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 21:  Spain's Prime Minister and President of Partido Popular (People's Party) Mariano Rajoy speaks during the official presentation of the Partido Popular (People's Party) candidates on November 21, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. Spain's Prime Minister and President of the 'Partido Popular', (People's Party) Mariano Rajoy presented their candidates today in Barcelona ahead of Spain's elections which will take place on December 20.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Nobody Likes Mariano Rajoy

So why is Spain about to re-elect him?

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Can Democracy Work for the World’s Values Voters?

Social conservatives are on the march across the world — but there’s no reason they can’t play by democratic rules.


Happy Days Are Here Again (At Least in the U.S.)

The U.S. Federal Reserve officially end a policy meant to save the U.S. from the Great Recession.


In a Counterinsurgency Far, Far Away

After Return of the Jedi, the victorious Rebels declared "mission accomplished" a bit too early. Here’s how they can win, for good this time.

HENIN-BEAUMONT, FRANCE - DECEMBER 13:  French far-right Front National (FN) party's President Marine Le Pen candidate for the regional election in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie region makes a statement after the results of the second round of the regional elections at Francois Mitterrand hall on December 13, 2015 in Henin-Beaumont, France. France's far-right National Front (FN) loses the regional elections in all of France despite record results in the first round.  (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images)

Le Pen: National Front Is Not the Islamic State and Here Are Gruesome Pics to Prove It

Marine Le Pen, leader of France's National Front, went on a Twitter rant to distinguish the Islamic State from her political party.

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Don’t Call It a Jihadist Insurgency — Yet

The U.N. mission in Mali is mistaking aggrieved cattle-herders and bandits on motorbikes for an Islamist menace. Here’s why it matters that they get it right.

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U.S. Homeland Security Adds New Terror Warning Level

DHA changes its terror alert system following the San Bernardino terror attack.


FBI Director: San Bernardino Shooters Did Not Post Public Support For Radical Islam

FBI Director James Comey says the San Bernardino shooters did not post public support for radical Islam.

Ukraine's Interior Minister Arsen Avakov stands at a checkpoint near the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk on May 5, 2014. Four Ukrainian troops were killed and 30 wounded in intense fighting around the rebel-held town of Slavyansk on May 5, the interior ministry said. The ministry added that the pro-Russian gunmen controlling the town were using civilians as human shields and were shooting from houses, some of which were on fire. It said there were civilian casualties but did not provide a toll. AFP PHOTO / SERGEY BOBOK        (Photo credit should read SERGEY BOBOK/AFP/Getty Images)

Watch Ukraine’s Interior Minister Throw Water at the Former President of Georgia

Footage has been released of a tense fight between Ukrainian government officials.

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 15:  Republican presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)speaks during the CNN Republican presidential debate on December 15, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is the last GOP debate of the year, with U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) gaining in the polls in Iowa and other early voting states and Donald Trump rising in national polls.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Ted Cruz’s Un-American ‘America First’ Strategy

The senator suggests his foreign policy follows in Ronald Reagan’s footsteps. His real inspiration is more troubling.


A strategic question for you all: What should the U.S. military stop doing?

One of the themes of this blog is that strategy is as much about what not to do as it is about what to do.

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The phantom-like voice of the past: Tom’s 2009 thoughts on the future of Iraq

I was in the basement the other day, shelving a few hundred books while I looked for my old copy of William McNeill’s wonderful 'The Pursuit of Power.'


Reading lists roundup

We’re going into top 10 of the year starting tomorrow. If that doesn’t keep you full, here is a roundup of some recent reading lists.


FP’s 6 Top Moments of the GOP Debate

Turns out that many Republican presidential candidates would be OK with Bashar al-Assad staying in power.


Why Brain Scientists Should Fail

2015 Global Thinkers Miguel Nicolelis and Anthony Zador discuss the importance of funding creative neuroscience experiments when — and especially when — the outcome is unknown.

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