“The Virtue of Subtlety: A U.S. Strategy Against the Islamic State”
The key to U.S. success will be doing as little as possible, forcing regional powers into the fray, and maintaining the balance of power in this coalition.
By George Friedman, Geopolitical Weekly. Friedman is the chairman of Stratfor, a global-intelligence company he founded in 1996. He is the author of The Next Decade: Empire and Republic in a Changing World.
“Liberalism’s Beleaguered Victory: ‘The End of History?’ at 25”
Could it be that liberalism spawns counter-ideologies because of its very own nature?
By Abram N. Shulsky, The American Interest. Shulsky is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute.
“America’s Dangerous Aversion Conflict”
The U.S. increasingly yearns to escape the harsh realities of war, but as recent events make clear, raw force remains a key element in international politics.
By Robert Kagan, The Wall Street Journal. Kagan is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. His most recent book is The World America Made.
“’There Are No Silver Bullets’: Interview with Environmentalist Ruth DeFries”
Humanity’s incredible run of luck might be coming to an end.
By Lindsay Abram, Salon. DeFries is a MacArthur fellow and chairwoman of the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology at Columbia University. She is the author of The Big Ratchet: How Humanity Thrives in the Face of Natural Crisis.
“The Army’s Next Mission: Stability Is the Best Offense”
What is the Army’s place in U.S. foreign policy now that the wars of the last decade are over?
By M. Shands Pickett and Annie Best, Small Wars Journal. Pickett is an operational environment specialist at the U.S. Army Joint Multinational Readiness Center. Best is a program officer at the German Marshall Fund of the United States.
“Pursuing ISIS to the Gates of Hell”
The beheading of two journalists has transformed public debate over U.S. foreign policy.
By Peter Beinart, The Atlantic. Beinart, a contributing editor at The Atlantic and National Journal, is associate professor of journalism and political science at the City University of New York and a senior fellow at the New America Foundation.
“New Operation Could Hide Major Shift in Europe’s Immigration Control Policy”
Mare Nostrum —the largest search and rescue immigration operation ever carried out in the Mediterranean Sea — has become an issue of bitter brinkmanship between human rights groups and anti-immigrant lobbies.
Apostolis Fotiadis, Global Issues. Fotiadis writes for Inter Press Service from Athens. He has been covering migrants’ rights as well as ethnic conflict and population movement in the Balkans.
“The Existential Roots of the Gaza War”
The conflict is not about borders, blockades, or “occupation.”
By Robert J. Lieber, The National Interest, Lieber is professor of government and international affairs at Georgetown University and the author of Power and Willpower in the American Future
“Information Wars: How Journalists Navigated Social Media in the Israel-Palestine Conflict”
Social media are often termed the “new battleground” when it comes to conflict coverage. One reporter examine the use and abuse of social media in Gaza.
By Lucy Dean, World News Publishing Focus. Dean is an intern with WAN-IFRA (World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers) and a mMultimedia journalist for UOWTV on YouTube.
“Is Ukraine on the Brink of Tragedy?”
The country’s troubles will not end even if fighting ceases in its southeastern regions.
By Pietro A. Shakarian, The Nation. Shakarian is a graduate student at the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Michigan.
“The Two Arabs in My Head”
Before you rush to blame Arabs for their lack of modernity, try spending some time in their shoes. Reaching for progress can be psychologically exhausting, as this young Middle Easterner testifies.
By Zouhair Mazouz, Free Arabs. Mazouz is assistant editor of the Free Arabs website,a group of bloggers, journalists, and activists “keen on perpetuating the democratic spirit of the Arab Spring.”
“Nothing Says ‘Sorry Our Drones Hit Your Wedding Party’ Like $800,000 And Some Guns”
On December 12, 2013, a drone struck and killed 12 members of a wedding party in Yemen. If the U.S., which claims the strike was clean and justified, didn’t pony up the $800,000 in cash and guns as reparations, then who did?
By Gregory D. Johnsen, Buzzfeed News, Johnson is Buzzfeed’s Michael Hastings National Security Reporting Fellow and the author of The Last Refuge: Yemen, al-Qaeda, and America’s War in Arabia.
“Jon Lee Anderson on Freelancers, Edward Snowden, and the Arab Spring”
World News Publishing Focus. War correspondent Anderson, who works for The New Yorker magazine, recently delivered an address to the School of Journalism at Paris Sciences Po University, and editor Nick Toner curated his remarks.