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On his way to the White House, Jan. 20, 2017. AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

NATO’s future when America comes first

Is Trump correct in asserting that NATO has outlived its utility? Or that NATO’s members enjoy a 'free ride' on the back of the US? A political scientist examines the evidence.
A vendor sells newspapers with the Arabic headline ‘Trump era’ in Cairo, Egypt on Nov. 10, 2016. AP Photo/Amr Nabil

Trump and Tillerson face the Middle East

Could the president-elect and his secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson adopt useful policies in the Middle East? A scholar sees some hopeful possibilities.
The world reacts to President-Elect Donald Trump. AP Photo/Marco Ugarte

Donald Trump and the world: Five challenges

America appears as divided over key aspects of foreign policy as it is at home. So how does President-elect Trump hope to handle that divide, and what will be the major issues facing him?
FBI officials mark evidence near the site of an explosion in Manhattan on Sept. 18, 2016. REUTERS/Rashid Umar Abbasi

What is terrorism, and is it getting worse?

The director of a graduate program in homeland security debunks common misconceptions about the origins of political violence.
A girl stands near fighters in Aleppo. August 7, 2016. REUTERS/Rodi Said

Putin, Obama and the battle for Aleppo

The survival of civilians seem forgotten in a new U.S. and Russian agreement to root out IS and other terrorists in Syria.
The truck that ran into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, France. Reuters/Eric Gaillard

Was the Nice attacker really an IS ‘lone wolf’?

IS claims of responsibility for the Nice attack shouldn't be taken seriously until there's more proof cementing the connection.
Rome’s Trevi fountain lit up with the Belgian flag. Why do some violent acts prompt global artistic memorial, but not others? Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

Art and terror: a new kind of memorial

From Tintin weeping to spotlit buildings, images are rapidly circulating on social media as a way of comprehending the Brussels bombings. But where was the cartoon for those who died in Ankara? Are some tragedies "ungrievable"?

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