Peacekeeping Missions and a Marshall Plan Won’t Save Mali
The country needs stronger institutions to bolster public confidence in the democratic system. The international community can help.
Welcome to a Brand-New Middle East
Israel’s pacts with the UAE and Bahrain go far beyond the tenuous “cold peace” with Egypt and Jordan. They could even help end the conflict with the Palestinians.
How 9/11 and the Coronavirus Pushed the UAE and Israel Together
The backstory of the UAE’s deal with Israel is a 20-year tale of business, technological, and personal ties.
Afghan Women Should Be the Centerpiece of the Peace Process
Afghanistan's future needs to include more than just those who hold guns. Here’s how to make that happen.
John Hume Left Behind a Peaceful—but Divided—Ireland
The Nobel Peace Laureate helped bring nearly three decades of bloodshed in Northern Ireland to an end. But reconciliation between the country’s communities remains unrealized.
Biden Bucks Progressives, Won’t Denounce Israeli Occupation
The Sanders wing has scored a lot of victories in the Democratic platform—but didn’t get all it wanted on Israel.
Will America’s Alliances Survive the Trump Era?
A new book advances a robust defense of the U.S. system of alliances. A post-pandemic world requires adaptation and renewed coordination against common threats.
The Two-State Solution Is Dead. What Comes Next Is Worse.
Annexation of the West Bank would cement a one-state reality on the ground, enshrining Israeli rights over Palestinians.
Taliban Leadership in Disarray on Verge of Peace Talks
The coronavirus has swept through the top ranks, leaving Mullah Omar’s son tenuously in charge.
As Cease-Fire Expires, Afghanistan Yearns for Peace
With new Taliban prisoner releases, the Afghan government hints at progress with peace talks.
Horrific Attack on Maternity Ward Threatens to Upend Afghan Truce
Kabul blames the Taliban for the killing of mothers and newborn babies but questions about the culprits remain.
Netanyahu’s Annexation Plan Is a Threat to Israel’s National Security
Annexing the West Bank would threaten Israel’s peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan, anger allies in the Gulf, undermine the Palestinian Authority, and endanger Israel as a Jewish democracy.
How Trump and Putin Weakened U.N. Bid for a Global Cease-Fire
U.S. officials worry that counterterrorism operations will be constrained.
We Can Make the Post-Coronavirus World a Much Less Violent Place
The pandemic has decreased some kinds of crime and increased others. But the world is much safer than it used to be, and we know how to make it even safer.