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President Harry S Truman established the initial version of the National Intelligence Council. AP Photo

An invisible government agency produces crucial national security intelligence, but is anyone listening?

The National Intelligence Council works inside government but is little understood outside. Yet it has helped respond to almost all the major foreign policy challenges of the last 40 years.
Smoke billows from the eastern Syrian city of Deir Ezzor (2017). Impossible living conditions force people to migrate. It is time to collect a “destruction tax” on arms transactions ? Stringer / AFP

Should we tax arms manufacturers to finance refugee resettlement?

Wars play a central role in increasing numbers of refugees worldwide. Is it time to think about a "destruction tax"?
The participants in the West Balkans conference pose for the group photo at the chancellery in Berlin on April 29, 2019. Michael Sohn / POOL / AFP

What’s next for the Western Balkans?

What can be the road ahead for Kosovo and Serbia under the EU patronage?
Police officers loyal to the Houthi rebels march during a military parade in Sanaa, Yemen in July 2017. The placards read: ‘Allah is the greatest. Death to America, death to Israel, a curse on the Jews, victory to Islam.’ REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

Congressional action on Yemen may be the first salvo against presidential war powers

Political fallout from the Vietnam War gave Congress more power to control foreign affairs, but they have been reluctant to use it.
A waxwork of Captain America on display at Madame Tussauds in Bangkok, Thailand. Nuamfolio/Shutterstock.com

Doping soldiers so they fight better – is it ethical?

Doping is condemned in sports. But what about in the military? Should soldiers be allowed or even encouraged to take drugs that make them superior fighters and more likely to complete a mission?
A board for the Prussian wargame of ‘Kriegsspiel.’ Matthew Kirschenbaum/Wikimedia Commons

War games shed light on real-world strategies

War games let you test your political and military acumen right at your kitchen table – while also helping you appreciate how decision-makers are limited by the choices of others.
Fatima, a nine-year-old Syrian refugee to Sweden, is featured in photojournalist Magnus Wennman’s documentary film Fatima’s Drawings. Magnus Wennman

Children educate teachers with their testimonies from war zones

As 'tiny historians of their age,' children with testimonies of war provide teachers with both historical insight and critical instruction.
Biafran refugees flee federal Nigerian troops on a road near Ogbaku, Nigeria in this 1968 photo. Between one and three million people are estimated to have died. (AP Photo/Kurt Strumpf)

Nigerian writers compare genocide of Igbos to the Holocaust

Nigerian poets and novelists have compared the Igbo massacres in the 60s to the Holocaust as a way to drive international attention to the atrocities.

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