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Iraqi fighters of the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation Units) stand next to a wall bearing the Islamic State (IS) flag as they enter the city of al-Qaim, in Iraq's western Anbar province near the Syrian border on Nov. 3.  (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images)

The Caliphate Is Destroyed, But the Islamic State Lives On

Why the United States can’t be complacent about undermining the remnants of the terrorist group.

Former President Robert Mugabe during a speech on Nov. 8 in Harare, Zimbabwe. (Jekesai Njikizana/AFP/Getty Images)

Mugabe Is a Goner, But His Looting Machine Is Here to Stay

Zimbabwe’s military didn’t topple the regime. It just restored the ruling party’s corrupt old guard to power.

Soldiers deployed to the streets of Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, on Nov. 15 as the military appeared to seize control. (AFP/Getty Images)

Zimbabwe’s Military Says There’s Nothing to See Here

Robert Mugabe is under house arrest, and the generals are in charge. But the top brass still insist there hasn’t been a coup.

U.S. Navy SEALs train  on the flight deck of USS Enterprise. (Lance H. Mayhew Jr./US Navy/Getty Images)

What’s Going on With the Alleged Murder of a Special Forces Soldier by Two SEALS?

Is it that secret units that live on the edge always have such trouble on occasion?

A woman with a boy walk in a flooded area on May 31 in Panthau, Northern Bahr al Ghazal, South Sudan. An estimated 63 per cent of the population in Northern Bahr al Ghazal is experiencing severe food insecurity. (Albert Gonzalez Farran/AFP/Getty Images)

Treasury Takes Aim at Global Food Security Program

The Trump administration wants to dismantle another Obama-era development program.

Senator George Weah greets his supporters during a campaign rally in Monrovia on Oct. 8. (Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images)

A Football God Is About to Become President of Liberia

Former AC Milan striker George Weah is revered in soccer-obsessed West Africa, but can he convince Liberians he’s smart enough for the top job?

A U.S. Marine stands guard Apr. 14, 1993 from his position on an armored personnel carrier at a check-point in Mogadishu. (Eric Cabanis/AFP/GettyImages)

Edgar on Strategy (Part IX): To what end? The frequently missing ‘why’ of strategy

Policymakers must articulate the “why” informing a strategy and periodically revaluate whether it is achievable and what ought to come next.

The cover of "Destination Casablanca." (Public Affairs)

Book Excerpt: ‘Destination Casablanca’

The naval battle of Casablanca began with airplanes.

U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed speaks at the U.N. in February. (Devra Berkowitz/U.N. Photo)

New Allegations Challenge the Environment Record of Top U.N. Official

Environmental group claims Amina J. Mohammed authorized illegal exports of endangered rosewood during her term as Nigeria’s environment minister.

(Left to right) Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta, Guinea's President Alpha Conde, U.S. President Donald Trump, African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina, Nigeria's Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on May 27 in Taormina, Sicily. (Jonathan Ernst/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Dangerous Retreat from Africa  

The U.S. administration is ramping up military engagement on the continent but ramping everything else down. Other countries are already filling the void.

Soldiers from Niger's National Guard march on the tarmac in Diffa, southeastern Niger, on June 16, 2016. (Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images)

The Real Reason U.S. Troops Are in Niger

Hint: This is a local and regional conflict, not a global one.

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