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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe clenches his fist to salute Zanu PF comrades in Harare on May 3, 2000.

Robert Mugabe Colonized His Own Country

He led Zimbabwe to independence—and looted it until the day he died.

Richard Holbrooke talks with Senate Foreign Relations Committee ranking member Sen. Richard Lugar before a hearing on Capitol Hill July 14, 2010 in Washington.

Bipartisan Foreign Policy Died This Weekend

Richard Lugar represented an endangered aspect of American—and Republican Party—leadership.

Israeli writer and peace activist Amos Oz in Frankfurt, Germany, in 2005. (Thomas Lohnes/AFP/Getty Images)

How the Mighty Have Fallen

Israeli literary icon Amos Oz died on Dec. 28 at age 79. Author Ayelet Tsabari considers his legacy.

John McCain (R-AZ) prepares to greet supporters during a Veterans rally for U.S. Sen candidate and U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) at the American Legion Post on October 13, 2014 in Covington, Louisiana.  (Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

John McCain Was Always There for America

Remembrances of a hero the United States—and the Republican Party—will miss.

German Chancellor Helmut Kohl (L) shakes hands with an unidentified woman as he takes a short walk in the streets of Dabo in company of French President Fran?ois Mitterrand (2nd L) 19 July 1983.         (Photo credit should read MARCEL MOCHET/AFP/GettyImages)

The Pear Who Ate Germany

Helmut Kohl was an unlikely political heavyweight, but his relentless drive helped put East and West back together.

Secretary Leon E. Panetta delivers remarks at the 5th annual Dean Acheson Lecture to discuss “The Practice of Partnership in the 21st Century”, United States Institute of Peace, Washington, D.C., June 28, 2012. (DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley)

Trump Should Heed the Wisdom of Richard Solomon

Ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit, Trump should remember the words of the great China scholar.

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Remembering Michael Novak

Last Friday we lost one of our most luminescent, brilliant minds when Michael Novak died after 83 years.

(FILE) Cuban president, Fidel Castro, inaugurates several newly built areas added to an old Havana hospital, 05 June 1989. AFP PHOTO/FILE/RAFAEL PEREZ (Photo credit should read RAFAEL PEREZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Our Bogeyman in Havana Is Dead

What Fidel Castro’s death means for the future of U.S.-Cuba relations.

Cuban President Fidel Castro, 71, speaks 24 February in Havana during a speech after he was reelected President of Cuba by the National Assembly. In a unanimous vote, Castro was reelected to another five year term.   AFP PHOTO/Adalberto ROQUE (Photo credit should read ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images)

Fidel Was Hell

The longest-ruling dictator of the 20th century was a radical bent on transformational, alternative global development. Ironically, he left his country conservative, impoverished, and isolated.

Cuban President Fidel Castro delivers a 4:29-hour speech at the United Nations headquarters in New York, on September 26th, 1960.   AFP PHOTO/OAH (Oficina de Asuntos Historicos del Consejo de Estado)  FOR USE ONLY IN NEWSPAPERS, MAGAZINES AND INTERNET / AFP / OAH        (Photo credit should read OAH/AFP/Getty Images)

Will History Absolve Fidel Castro?

The legacy of Cuba’s socialist revolution is still very much in doubt.

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Pakistan Has Lost Its ‘Angel of Mercy’

Abdul Sattar Edhi was his country’s greatest living hero. Here’s hoping that his legacy persists in the hands of a new generation of humanitarians.

WASHINGTON - APRIL 23: ( AFP OUT)  Holocaust survivor and Nobel Prize winning auther Elie Wiesel speaks during the Holocaust Days Of Remembrance ceremony in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol April 23, 2009 in Washington, DC. Estabilished in 1993, the Days of Remembrance are commemorated in April so that they coincide with the observance in Israel.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Elie Wiesel’s Moral Imagination Never Reached Palestine

The great writer’s humanitarianism knew no bounds — except where it met his nationalism.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 16:  Flowers surround a picture of Jo Cox during a vigil in Parliament Square on June 16, 2016 in London, United Kingdom.  Jo Cox, 41, Labour MP for Batley and Spen, was shot and stabbed by an attacker at her constituicency today in Birstall, England. A man also suffered slight injuries during the attack. Jo Cox was reportedly shot and stabbed while holding her weekly surgery at Birstall Library, Birstall near Leeds and later died. A 52-year old man has been arrested in connection with the crime.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Jo Cox: A Memory

Three weeks ago, British Member of Parliament Jo Cox graciously hosted my students and me for dinner in London. And now she is dead.

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The Mind and Milieu of John Steinbruner

Remembering a generous mentor, a prodigious scholar, and a bold thinker who contemplated the bad decisions that could get us all killed.

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