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NATO might be slow, flawed and possibly broken, but its still the best form of multilateral military cooperation we have, says Steve Saideman.
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Modi’s India, Three Months In

Ramesh Thakur considers India’s direction under its new Prime Minister.

Women and their children wait in line to register at the Honduran Center for Returned Migrants after being deported from Mexico, in San Pedro Sula

The crisis of child migration

Central America migration is a humanitarian issue, but it has been caught up in the illegal immigration debate, argues Robert Muggah.

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Digging for truth in Guatemala

Kyle Matthews and photographer Tristan Brand follow the forensic team unearthing and identifying victims of decades of civil war.

U.S. President Obama holds a news conference at the conclusion of the the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit at the State Department in Washington

African Investments: Time to Hit Refresh

This month’s U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit ended with a promised $14 billion in investments. Adam Sneyd calls for new economic thinking going forward.

Yazidi refugees who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, take part in a protest at Nowruz refugee camp in Qamishli

On Intervention: Iraq, not Syria?

Stephen Saideman looks at why Canada is getting involved with a country it avoided for so long.

A military helicopter flies above a Russian convoy of trucks carrying humanitarian aid for Ukraine, parked at a camp near Kamensk-Shakhtinsky

Containing the Russian Convoy

David Meadows explains the historical pattern behind Moscow’s motives in Ukraine.

  • The Seed Debate


    Indian environmentalist Vandana Shiva is leading the charge against industrial agriculture that relies on chemical fertilizers, pesticides, fossil fuels, cheap water, and increasingly biotechnology like GMOS, writes Michael Specter for the New Yorker. But while her rhetoric is damning, the science doesn’t always agree with her.

  • The “Kabubble” Breaks


    At the height of the surge, Kabul was a boomtown full of expats with too much easy money and an inclination to misbehave, writes Matthieu Aikins for Rolling Stone. Now the party is over and foreign civilians are being targeted, sometimes by the Taliban and sometimes by Afghans who just don’t like Westerners.

  • Going It Alone


    Scotland will vote on whether or not to become an independent country on September 18, but there are some key questions that remain unanswered. The BBC’s Vanessa Barford lists five big ones, including what currency the new country would use and how much oil revenue it can expect from the North Sea.

  • Meet Brazil’s Marina


    When Presidential candidate Eduardo Campos was killed in a plane crash earlier this month, his choice for vice president Marina Silva was suddenly in the running. With her candidacy confirmed this week, as Dom Phillips reports in Time, the environmentalist is expected to shake up the campaign before October elections.

  • Defeating the Islamic State


    While it appears the Islamic State is finally on the defensive in northern Iraq, it is far from defeated. It may be “only a matter of time before transnational operations are launched,” The Economist reports. Military and political might is needed, including careful action by Iraq’s new Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi.

  • The new ‘humanitarian innovation’ machine


    With more people displaced than at any time since the Second World War, The Independent‘s Suzy Madigan looks at the transformation of the aid industry by those searching for radical solutions: “The aid sector is opening membership to business, technology developers and, crucially, affected populations.”

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