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Moving Targets: The Evolution and Future of Smart Sanctions

The phrase “modern warfare” brings to mind high-tech weapons, pervasive surveillance, and murky...
Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks speaks at a press conference announcing his winning of the Templeton Prize. Photo credit: AP Images.

Reconciling Religion’s Role in the West: An Interview with Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks is a British religious scholar and philosopher who served...
Is nuclear power the future of clean energy or are the risks too great?  Photo of Watts Bar Unit 2 courtesy of the Tennessee Valley Authority

Securing a Nuclear Energy Future

Since the atom was first split, the possibilities of war, terrorism, and proliferation...
Small drones like this Parrot AR.drone quadcopter could be used as humanitarian tools in future crises. Photo by Nicholas Halftermeyer. CC-BY-SA-3.0, accessed via Wikimedia Commons.

The Promise of Drones

I am a United States Air Force C-17 pilot, entrusted to deliver cargo...
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Breaking the Cycle of Terror: Democratic Alternative

In June of 1981, after serving for 16 months as the first president...
Nepali students eager for a day at school - photo by Lauren Ciell and Claire Wilkinson; photo courtesy of A World at School

Syria’s $10 Billion Hidden Education Crisis

Abdelsalam is 12 years old. He spends his days working in a mechanic’s...
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My Father The Diplomat: An Interview with David Holbrooke

 Can you tell me a little about your father’s career and what motivated...
A map of the Israeli-occupied West Bank - photo courtesy of Human Rights Watch

Responsible Business in Occupied Territories

For more than a decade, there has been growing recognition that companies must...
Tens of thousands of people marched in the Polish capital Warsaw, protesting against the Law and Justice Party. (By Sankoff64 (own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0  (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons

Evaluating democracy’s global standing: The prospect of a freer world

“Democracy in Decline” is a compilation of scholarly essays assessing world affairs and...
The hijab describes the headscarf worn by many muslim women. Women are now banned from wearing the garment in France.  By anuarsalleh [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The Struggle of the Veiled Woman: ‘White Savior Complex’ and Rising Islamophobia Create a Two-Fold Plight

  In 2004, the French parliament passed a law that prohibits the display...