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To understand how a new world war might play out, it's important to remember just how powerful the US really is.
People in South Korea watch a news program on TV about the meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Chinese President Xi Jinping in late March. Kim and Xi sought to portray strong ties between the neighbours and long-time allies despite a recent chill.
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Kim Jong-un's surprise recent visit to Beijing and Xi Jinping was an awkward get-together that didn't address the elephant in the room -- Kim's possible face-to-face meeting soon with Donald Trump.
Still from Human Flow, directed by Ai Weiwei.
Artists have long tackled global issues, from war to human rights. While Picasso's celebrated Guernica may not have stopped the Spanish Civil War (or any war), art still holds value, as witness and as truth teller.
Coalition forces are careful about how they report civilian deaths. And we think war is painless, as a result.
Members of the Iraqi police forces sit outside a building in the city of Fallujah on June 30, 2016 after they’ve recaptured the city from Islamic State (IS) group jihadists.
Was the early conception of IS a branching-out of the old Baath party? Or was it, as some argue, completely separate with no connection at all? Reality is probably a bit of a mix of both.
Child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Whether as soldiers, suicide bombers or human shields, children are an increasingly common sight on the battlefield.
Is Donald Trump really the one setting the direction of US security policy?
Mounting evidence suggests we are so mesmerised by the theatre around Donald Trump that we have lost sight of how the US security establishment wields power.
An Afghanistan national police officer helps a U.S. Army lieutenant, June 14, 2007. Can honour be restored in today’s international conflicts?
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Nothing displays the ethical superiority of one’s values better than to treat a foe with the respect due another human being.
Outside observers are keen to declare the Syrian conflict almost over. It is anything but.
The painting Group of Natives of Tasmania, 1859, by Robert Dowling.
That colonial wars were fought in Tasmania is irrefutable. More controversially, surviving evidence suggests the British enacted genocidal policies against the Tasmanian Aboriginal people.
There are some risks, like a crash in the price of Bitcoin, that are more certain than others in 2018.
The odds are that we get through 2018 without war, mass capital flight, or a housing crash. But all the risks are medium probability, and the consequences could be dire.
War was not always about fighting, and in times of relaxation soldiers were able to indulge many other activities.
State Library of Queensland
Our histories tell us armies make men, but in World War II, conflicted provided a rare and surprisingly open space for men to experiment with their femininity and sexuality.
Robots are currently used by police for bomb disposal. Future versions will be much more sophisticated.
Robots are a twin-edged sword. Used badly, they may one day perpetrate genocide and war crimes. Used well, they can prevent them.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington.
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Civilians have become so far removed from the military and war, it can be hard to understand veterans. Their poetry can help us connect.
This sculpture in London commemorates Nelson Mandela, who set up the African National Congress’ armed wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe (Spear of the Nation), in 1961 when he lost hope that passive and non-violent resistance to the apartheid government would bear fruit.
Seeking justice, not peace, in our world changes the conversation about conflict. Conflict has proven integral to achieving a more equitable and secure society.
An earlier get together.
Mutual benefits beckon.
A statue of Pericles outside Athens City Hall. Like Trump, Pericles used war to deflect from bad news.
Does ancient Greek war hawk Pericles provide clues to a besieged Donald Trump's next move? War has always been a helpful distraction for cornered world leaders.
Russian defense minister during the Victory Day military parade in Moscow.
In the 19th century, Russian intellectuals launched a search for historical evidence of their moral and military superiority. What they found drives what today some call "Russian aggression."
Biomedical engineering involves the application of engineering solutions to medical problems. Employment in the field is projected to grow 23 per cent from 2014 to 2024.
One professor explains how war in Iran led her to a career in biomedical engineering - a rapidly growing field that offers students exciting opportunities to serve humanity.
It might not happen today or tomorrow, but the risk of a major European conflict is very much there.