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Commentary should be cautious when assigning responsibility for attacks, says Steve Saideman.

North American Infrastructure Security: Post-9/11 goals far from reached

Regional cooperation is necessary to avoid past investments going to waste and to protect citizens from security threats, argues Brian Bow.


Portrait of a foreign fighter

How did the phenomenon of ISIS foreign fighters come to be, asks Kjell Anderson.


Cleaning up Mexico’s environmental act

Mexico’s environmental policy is fragmented, contradictory and lacking regulatory compliance. Raul Pacheco-Vega on how to fix it.


The Global South’s fight against Ebola

The south is not just a recipient of humanitarian aid. It also has a strong tradition of giving, says Oheneba Boateng.


The blurring of economic and diplomatic interests

Pablo Heidrich and Laura Macdonald evaluate the Conservative government’s economic diplomacy.


How to keep national security legislation transparent

Paul Meyer considers the Australian model for amending national security legislation.

  • The ISIS Propaganda Machine

    Marshall Sella analyzes how the terrorist organization mixes new-media savvy with medieval savagery and its effect on its Western audience for Matter: “On one side of it, there’s the recruiting effort… On the other side, the message to those who will not join the cause is: We are going to destroy you…”

  • Inside the fight against Ebola

    From the Kenema Government Hospital in Sierra Leone to the Broad Institute at M.I.T., Richard Preston recounts the international fight to contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa for The New Yorker: “By now, the warriors against Ebola understand that they face a long struggle against a formidable enemy.”

  • Young Tigers

    Mugil joined the Tamil Tigers when she was 13 years old. She fought with them for 15 years. Rohini Mohan tells her story for Guernica: “In the tradition of so many youngsters who joined the Tigers, Mugil left a note at home one day, writing about her desire to go to battle with her generation so that her elders and the children of the future would have a country.”

  • Assad Goes On

    With the war in Syria now focused on the fight against ISIS, life in other parts of the country has returned to, if not normalcy, than at least some semblance of ordinary life, writes Charles Glass for the New York Review of Books. Many of the protestors against Assad have given up, disillusioned with the rebellion that has brought little but destruction.

  • China on top?

    Orville Schell discusses his recent essay on how the U.S.-China relationship has changed since the Jimmy Carter era in a Vice News-New York Review of Books video collaboration: “Watching this former US president treated so offhandedly highlighted how the power relationship between the two countries is shifting.”

  • The Meat Debate

    “Meat—especially beef—is cigarettes and a Hummer rolled into one. For the sake of the animals, our own health, and the health of the planet, we must eat less of it,” writes Robert Kunzig for National Geographic. But meat is also delicious and nutritious. Global demand is soaring. “In short, meat—especially beef—has become the stuff of fierce debate.”

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