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In the wake of Snowden, governments scrambled to secure their data by regaining "technological sovereignty". That approach misses the point.
nuclear

How to handle the risk of nuclear proliferation

Four ways to move forward. By Ramesh Thakur.

Bahai

Education Is Not a Crime

The right to read, write and express one’s thoughts should never be denied because an idea is unpopular. Yet, for thousands of Baha’i students in Iran, their ideas have led the government to ban them from attending university.

Police

Are we overreacting to the threat of terrorism?

Current national security debates miss the larger picture: we face many threats, of which terrorism is but one.

ISIS

Five ways to fight ISIS online

Combating extremism requires more than military might. A digital strategy is key, but needs government, the private sector and NGOs to get onboard.

Socialists

The rise of Europe’s new Left

Greece’s Syriza is just the first in a wave of leftist parties that rally against austerity. Not since the 1970s has the parliamentary road to socialism been so relevant. By Bryan Evans.

The Krewe of Mid-City rolls down St. Charles Avenue during a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans, Louisiana

10 things the 2015 ISA convention taught us

The annual convention of the International Studies Association was held this year in New Orleans. The critiques were sharp as ever, the views even better and yes, there was even one internet-loving unicorn.

  • Hedgehog or Fox?


    When it comes to foreign policy, is Stephen Harper a hedgehog, which knows one big thing (in Harper’s case, economic diplomacy), or a fox, which knows many things? Madelaine Drohan doesn’t like either analogy. She think Harper is more of a Wolverine, “tenacious and aggressive in the face of much larger predators.” From the Literary Review of Canada.

  • Practicing diplomacy in Somalia


    The U.S. just nominated Katherine Dhanani to be its first ambassador to Somalia since 1991, although she will be working out of Nairobi, not Mogadishu. Neil Wigan, the British ambassador, has been in Mogadishu since 2013. He travels wearing a flak jacket, surrounded by ex-British military bodyguards carrying M4 carbines.

  • Amateur journalists for justice


    In the favelas of Brazil, police violence is common – so common that it rarely makes the news. Can amateur journalists fill that void and document what would otherwise be ignored? An interesting discussion of citizen journalism vs activism as much as it is about Brazil. From the New York Times Magazine.

  • Good Putin, bad Putin


    When we think of Russian foreign policy, we often conflate it with our image of Putin: hard, unfeeling, perhaps a little evil. But even if Putin were the nicest, friendliest world leader you could ask for, it wouldn’t change Russia’s geographic location, historic associations, or its longstanding wish to keep the West at bay, argues Keith Gessen for Politico.

  • War and humanitarianism


    Humanitarian efforts can seek many things: justice, education, relief, rehabilitation, research. And that apparatus may succeed in alleviating the pain of individuals caught up in war. But addressing the politics that caused that strife is rarely done. Nimmi Gowrinathan writes about her experiences in Sri Lanka for Guernica.

  • The future of the Umbrella Revolution


    The Umbrella Revolution in Hong Kong started with the Occupy Central with Love and Peace protest. The Occupy camp is gone now, but that doesn’t mean the revolution is over. The city’s democracy movement marches forward to win over the hearts and minds of the younger generation. From the New York Times.

In Depth

On the Verge: What the world can expect in 2015