Hugh Stephens on the benefits of a stronger trade relationship with Asia, especially for Canada’s West Coast.
Regional cooperation is necessary to avoid past investments going to waste and to protect citizens from security threats, argues Brian Bow.
Commentary should be cautious when assigning responsibility for attacks, says Steve Saideman.
How did the phenomenon of ISIS foreign fighters come to be, asks Kjell Anderson.
Mexico’s environmental policy is fragmented, contradictory and lacking regulatory compliance. Raul Pacheco-Vega on how to fix it.
The south is not just a recipient of humanitarian aid. It also has a strong tradition of giving, says Oheneba Boateng.
Twenty-five years after the end of the communism, the prevailing narrative about the postcommunist world has turned gloomy. That narrative is wrong, write Andrei Shleifer and Daniel Treisman for Foreign Affairs: “Not every change has been for the better. But writing off postcommunist reforms as a failure would be a mistake.” (metered paywall)
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.”
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.”