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What is classified information, and who gets to decide?

A professor who once held top secret clearance explains how levels of classification work and where handling sensitive information gets tricky.
An Egyptian Muslim woman holds candles in front of the Coptic Christian Cathedral in tribute to the victims of a bomb attack in Cairo on Dec. 17, 2016. Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters

Who are the Coptic Christians?

Among the Christians of the Middle East, the largest number – some eight million or so – is of Egypt’s Copts. Here's their story.
The future of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s reign lies with Vladimir Putin’s obstinacy and ability to withstand US pressure. Reuters/Omar Sanadiki

Explainer: the war in Syria and the possibility of removing Assad

To understand the complexities of the conflict in Syria and what might happen next, it helps to untangle the three layers of strife in the war-torn country.
President Donald Trump after speaking at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida. AP Photo/Alex Brandon

Strikes against Syria: Did Trump need permission from Congress?

Are Trump’s missile strikes against Syria constitutional? An expert on Congress and foreign policy provides a brief history of how the separation of war powers has blurred over time.
Military strikes against a Syrian airforce base mark Donald Trump’s first big foreign policy test as president. Reuters/Carlos Barria

With Syria missile strikes, Trump turns from non-intervention to waging war

The US military's attack on a Syrian airforce base sets a worrying precedent of brashness and uncertainty in how the Trump administration may handle future crises in international relations.
Mosul’s residents are caught between Islamic State’s brutal violence and the amassed firepower of the Iraqi armed forces and their international backers. Reuters/Khalid Al Mousily

The tragedy of Mosul: battle against Islamic State is leading to all-too-familiar consequences

The tragedy of Mosul is that while Islamic State's territorial project in Iraq is coming to an end, it is creating new problems that exacerbate the country's existing challenges.

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