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A protester wearing a Guy Fawkes mask flashing a victory sign in Beirut in November 2019. EPA-EFE/WAEL HAMZEH EPA-EFE/WAEL HAMZEH

Can wars no longer be won?

Wars don't produce winners and losers – they never really did.
President Donald Trump has rapidly, and without warning to allies or even his own officials, shifted U.S. foreign policy in Syria. AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

Syria military presence risks US credibility with world community

In northern Syria, Trump has caused U.S. allies and rivals to view American commitments in a new, uncertain light. Other countries may now shift to depend less on the U.S., weakening national power.
A mass grave is excavated in Khan Al-Rubea in 2003 that witnesses say is filled with the remains of Shia whom Saddam executed in 1991. AP/Hasan Sarbakhshian

Broken trust: How Iraqis lost their faith in Washington, long before the Kurds did

Distrust of the US – even if misplaced – can linger for decades, thwarting Washington’s foreign policy goals. A former US diplomat in Iraq reflects on that country's skepticism of US aid efforts.
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg signs Montréal’s Golden Book during a ceremony in Montréal in September 2019, less than a month before the federal election. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Thunberg and Obama: Did they interfere in the Canadian election?

Both climate activist Greta Thunberg and former U.S. president Barack Obama made their presences known during the Canadian election. Was it interference?
Boxers Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor engage in some verbal sparring prior to their 2017 bout. AP Photo/John Locher

When does trash talking work?

Whether it frustrates or motivates your opponent can depend on the situation.
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.
Former Nigerian finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is eminently qualified to lead the World Bank. EFE-EPA/EPA/Gian Ehrenzeller

The World Bank needs deep reforms to reflect a changing world order

The World Bank needs to change as part of rethinking the current world order, and giving rising powers and developing countries a meaningful voice.
Educators can use story-telling to make students more politically aware. Rido/Shutterstock.com

Teaching hope during the 2020 campaign season

Election campaigns inspire hope, but they can also quickly lead to political despair. A scholar says young citizens can learn how to take positive action and stay hopeful.
Women earn less than men in most occupations, including soccer. AP Photo/Jessica Hill

Why women still earn a lot less than men

A decade ago, President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the latest legislative effort to close the persistent gap between how much women and men earn. Here's why it hasn’t made much of a difference.

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