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People gather near a damaged shop after a mob attack in Minuwangoda on May 14, 2019, north of the Sri Lankan capital Colombo.

Buddhist Anger Could Tear Sri Lanka Apart

Old hatreds are coming out in the aftermath of the Easter bombings.

A Sri Lankan security officer stands guard at a roadside checkpoint in Minuwangoda on May 14.

You Can’t Defeat Tomorrow’s Terrorists by Fighting Yesterday’s Enemy

Countries from Sri Lanka and Israel to the United States and Norway have failed to prevent attacks because their intelligence agencies were fixated on the last threat rather than the next one.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to the media on April 24 in Auckland.

A Global Call to End Online Extremism

Government leaders and tech companies convene to combat violent extremism online, an ongoing curfew amid violence in Sri Lanka, and the crackdown on Venezuela’s opposition continues.

A Sri Lankan soldier stands guard outside St. Anthony's Shrine in Colombo on May 5, two weeks after a series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels killed 257 people.

The Global War on Terrorism Has Failed. Here’s How to Win.

Targeting terrorists and their networks brings only temporary success—but the long-term strategy needs to focus on discrediting the ideologies that attract attackers.

A crescent moon is seen over St Anthony's church after it was partially opened for the first time since the Easter Sunday attacks in Colombo on May 7, 2019.

ISIS’s Church Attacks Break Mohammed’s Own Pledges

Assaults on Christian sites show terrorists are apostates as well as murderers.

Relatives carry the coffin of a bomb blast victim for a burial ceremony at a cemetery in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on May 2.

ISIS’s New Target: South Asia

The Sri Lanka attacks should put the region on alert.

A police officer guards the area near Dawatagaha Jumma Masjid ahead of Friday prayers in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on April 26.

The World This Weekend

Sri Lanka deals with the aftermath of the Easter Sunday attacks.

Police officers patrol the area around Dewatagaha Jumma Masjid in Colombo, Sri Lanka, ahead of Friday prayers on April 26.

Sri Lanka Is Already Drawing the Wrong Lessons From the Attacks

Responding to the recent violence with typical policies to counter violent extremism could make things far worse.

Sri Lankan security forces secure the area around St. Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo on April 21.

Sri Lanka’s Christians and Muslims Weren’t Enemies

The country’s real divide has been between Buddhists and Muslims, but the Easter attacks may change all that.

A child looks at a grave after a funeral for victims of the Easter Sunday attacks in Katuwapity village on April 23, 2019 in Negambo, Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka’s Perfect Storm of Failure

There were many chances to stop the Easter Sunday attacks. The government missed them all.

Sri Lankan officials inspect St. Sebastian's Church in Negombo, north of Colombo, after multiple explosions targeting churches and hotels on April 21.

What’s Behind the Terrorist Attacks in Sri Lanka?

Coordinated blasts recall the island country’s violent past.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (left) shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during the welcome ceremony for the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on May 15, 2017. (Kenzaburo Fukuhara-Pool/Getty Images)

The Belt and Road Initiative Is a Corruption Bonanza

Despots and crooks are using China’s infrastructure project to stay in power—with Beijing's help.

War correspondent Marie Colvin in Peeblesshire, Scotland, on Aug. 20, 2011. (Writer Pictures via AP Images)

Shot in Sri Lanka, Shelled in Syria

On the podcast: War correspondent Marie Colvin documented the horrors of war until one of them took her life.

Giant posters of acting prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa are seen in his home town on November 14, 2018  in Tangalle, Sri Lanka. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

Sri Lanka’s Failing Coup Might Succeed at the Ballot Box

Many voters still back populist Mahinda Rajapaksa despite his attempt to seize power.

Demonstrators gather outside a deradicalization center in Pontourny, France, the country's first Center for Prevention, Integration, and Citizenship on February 11, 2017 during a protest demanding its closure.

Want to Deradicalize Terrorists? Treat Them Like Everyone Else.

Many counter-extremism efforts falter because ideological reform programs run by governments lack credibility. Appealing to the basic psychological needs of ex-radicals is more promising.

A supporter of ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe protests at a rally in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Nov. 15. (Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP/Getty Images)

Asia’s Oldest Democracy Takes a Hit

Political maneuvering by Sri Lankan President Sirisena won’t end well.

Sri Lanka’s newly appointed prime minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa, gestures during a ceremony to assume duties at the prime minister’s office in Colombo on Oct. 29. (Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP/Getty Images)

Sri Lanka’s Homegrown Crisis

The constitutional chaos is rooted in domestic politics, not geopolitical machinations.

Sri Lanka’s newly appointed prime minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa (center), signs a document during a ceremony to assume duties at the prime minister’s office in Colombo on Oct. 29. (Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP/Getty Images)

Halfway Isn’t Good Enough on Human Rights

Myanmar and Sri Lanka were praised for minimal progress. Now it’s all falling apart.

Sri Lanka's newly appointed prime minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa, waves to supporters in Colombo on Oct. 29. (Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP/Getty Images)

Sri Lanka’s Political Shake-Up Is a Win for China

Former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa’s resurgence shows the limitations of U.S. economic diplomacy.

Sri Lankan women gather to demand peace talks between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels in Colombo on Dec. 10, 2004. (Sena Vidanagama/AFP/Getty Images)

Women Make Peace Stick

When only men sit at the negotiating table, cease-fires fall apart.

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