War

Peter Pellegrino, the U.S. Naval War College's senior military analyst for wargaming, briefs participants in a wargame reenactment of the Battle of Jutland on the college’s tiled floor in Newport, Rhode Island, on May 10, 2016.

What to Do When Predicting Pandemics

Simulations have forecast disastrous consequences before. Here’s how to act on the lessons of wargames before they come to pass.

Young fighters sit on a blanket in downtown Bambari after over 350 of Central African Republic's child soldiers were released by armed groups honoring a deal signed with UNICEF, on May 14, 2015.

The United Nations Isn’t Jeopardizing Children in Conflict Zones. It’s Protecting Them.

Shaming violators alone won’t stop the use of child soldiers and other human rights abuses. Defending children’s rights requires engagement with governments and armed groups.

An aerial photo shows the explosion over Hiroshima, Japan, on Aug. 6, 1945, shortly after the "Little Boy" atomic bomb was dropped.

The Hiroshima Effect

Seventy-five years after the first nuclear bomb fell, we are grateful it hasn’t happened again, mystified it didn’t, and terrified it still might.

A federal officer pepper sprays a protester in front of the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse in Portland, Oregon, on July 20. Nathan Howard/Getty Images

How the Coronavirus Crisis Is Silencing Dissent and Sparking Repression

A look at how protests, political violence, and conflict have played out during the pandemic.

A displaced Syrian woman

Guilt by Location

Around the world, security forces use forced displacement as a means of sorting populations. To fix the global displacement crisis, it’s critical to understand how and why they do it.

A midwife in training attends to one of the first patients of the day in the labor ward at Mirwais Hospital on Feb. 18.

The Midwives on the Front Lines

Despite rising violence, some of Afghanistan’s most vital workers are fighting stigma to deliver health care to the country’s mothers.

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Will the Coronavirus Fuel Conflict?

Projections based on economic and development data show an increased risk of internal violence in fragile states driven by rising prices and falling incomes.

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Why a Trade War With China Is a Bad Idea for India

New Delhi risks responding to a deadly border skirmish by making its economy more insular. Few things would benefit Beijing more.

Indian Army vehicles in Ladakh

The Bloody China-India Border Fight Is a Lot Like the Last One

In 1967, a fierce clash over an unstable frontier killed hundreds.

Children gather in Bangui, Central African Republic

Child Soldiers Are Helping End a Forever War

Children are at the center of the Central African Republic’s efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic—and to break the country’s cycles of violence.

Russian Helicopters

Want to Avoid U.S.-Russian Conflict? Keep the Lines Open

Trump’s withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty hurts the United States most.

A soldier speaks on a megaphone next to a worker from the Health Ministry during an operation to test employees of the Ciudad de Dios market for the coronavirus in Lima on May 11.

Peru’s Civil War Left It Vulnerable to the Pandemic

The country should address the worsening coronavirus crisis with policies that will also repair long-standing inequality.

Ukrainians protest against the withdrawal of Ukrainian forces from the Zolote area in eastern Ukraine, where they had been battling Moscow-backed separatists, in Kyiv on Oct. 29, 2019.

Ukraine, Not Russia, Will Sue for Peace as Pandemic Pressure Rises

Hopes that a pandemic-weakened Russia will want to end the war in Ukraine will be disappointed.

The bronze sculpture "Depression Bread Line" by George Segal—seen here on March 7, 2009, at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington—shows five men waiting in line near a door during the Great Depression and the inactivity and troubles of everyday citizens then.

Will a Global Depression Trigger Another World War?

The coronavirus pandemic has already devastated the international economy. Its military fallout remains to be seen.

U.S. President Donald Trump tours a factory producing N95 masks.

This Is What a War Economy Would Actually Look Like

Leaders in the United States and Europe insist they’re at war with the coronavirus. Here’s what they would do if they meant it.

Students walk in a Mogadishu neighborhood wearing face masks as a protective measure against the coronavirus in Somalia on March 19.

‘We Are Used to a Virus Called Bombs’

The coronavirus will ravage a resilient Somalia—with ripples far beyond its borders.

Demonstrators dance at the World War II Memorial during an "Immortal Regiment" Remembrance Walk to mark the 73rd anniversary of Victory in Europe Day in Washington on May 5, 2018.

We Remember World War II Wrong

In the middle of the biggest international crisis ever since, it’s time to admit what the war was—and wasn’t.

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