We should support Iraqi troops, but we can’t fight their war for them, argues Roland Paris.
The new director of the Munk School of Global Affairs talks funding, elections and the state of the world.
Considering the country’s human rights record, our arms deal should be cancelled, argues Peggy Mason.
Undeniably, Davos is a talk shop. That perception, however, is not the whole picture, says Alejandro Reyes.
Three points crucial to the discussion on the recent violence in Paris. By Kjell Anderson.
Steve Saideman looks at what exactly are our soldiers are doing in Iraq.
The independent press
In Egypt, the major private media belong to industrial conglomerates that must maintain good relations with the government for the sake of business. But small news websites are trying to counter the official narrative while keeping the doors open. The Guardian profiles, Mada Masr, the largest among a handful of independent online news outlets.
An interview with Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad on the war, negotiating with the rebels, Syria’s relationship with Iran and Hezbollah, allegations torture, and the United States. Assad remains as slippery as ever. “Before talking about winning territory, talk about winning the hearts and minds and the support of the Syrian people. That’s what we have won.”
Climate Change Adaptation, Florida Style
Florida’s long, low coastline makes it particularly vulnerable to rising sea levels. And while many U.S. politicians don’t want to talk about climate change, those conversations are happening at the local level. Adaptation means elevating roads, fortifying seawalls and, this being Miami, building floating residential areas.
Development through remittance?
In 2015, workers in the West will send an estimated $454 billion to relatives in developing countries, writes Doug Saunders for the Literary Review of Canada. That’s more than three times the size of all foreign aid spending. The question is, is that money more effective at spurring development than aid?
To catch a terrorist
What is the best way to stop the ‘bad guys’? The NSA thinks that collecting phone metadata is vital, because terrorists often work within networks. But if you collect all of the hay, can it make it more difficult to find the needle? Mattathias Schwartz considers the example of Basaaly Moalin, the only case where the NSA’s phone-records program proved decisive.
The path to the Charlie Hebdo attack
How Chérif and Saïd Kouachi became terrorists: “The 10-year evolution from easily spooked amateur to hardened killer is a story of steadily deepening radicalism that occurred virtually under the noses of French authorities.” By Rukmini Callimachi and Jim Yardley for the New York Times.