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Nice, France July 15 2016. Eric Gaillard/Reuters

Nice attack: France’s social fabric frays

France’s military forces are evident at every tourist site in Paris. The question of how to guard against terrorist violence remains one of the insoluble problems of modern western societies.
The 82nd Airborne taking part in NATO exercises in Spain. Paul Hanna/Reuters

Clinton and Trump: different visions of America abroad

No election in recent times has so clearly presented American voters with such a stark choice when it comes to U.S. foreign policy. A guide to the major differences.
Russian war planes in the sky over Syria. Omar Sanadiki/Reuters

Has World War Three begun?

We may have been entering a new form of global war for the last three decades – in slow motion – in the Middle East and North Africa.
A mosquito. Jaime Saldarriaga/Reuters

What really threatens America: Zika, cancer or ISIS?

The unfolding information about the Zika virus and saddening images of babies infected with microcephaly should really scare us all. The disease has spread “explosively” throughout the Americas, with 32…
Christmas Eve 2015, Paris. Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

Was 2015 such a terrible year? And what will 2016 look like?

Well Santa has come and gone, at least for the largest proportion of the world’s population. And, as we reach the end of the year, it is inevitably time to review recent trends and the prospects for 2016…
Speaking to the nation December 6. Yuri Gripas/Reuters

Obama shows the flaws in America’s efforts to combat ISIS

Winston Churchill famously suggested that: You can always count on Americans to do the right thing – after they’ve tried everything else. Speaking with his characteristic mix of the compassionate and cerebral…