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A FARC member waves a white peace flag to commemorate the completion of their disarmament. AP Photo/Fernando Vergara

Engaging Colombia’s students may be key to long-term peace

Ending violence is only a first step. Research from Colombian universities sheds light on the role of education in peace-building.
Sheen Ibrahim, Kurdish fighter from the People’s Protection Units (YPG), walks together with other YPG fighters in Raqqa, Syria, June 16, 2017. Reuters/Goran Tomasevic

Is it ever a good idea to arm violent nonstate actors?

The US is doing so with increasing frequency around the world – most recently with Kurdish fighters in Syria. A scholar explains what can go wrong, and why this approach is likely to continue.
Kim Jong-un and scientists applaud after the successful test of intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-14. KCNA/Reuters

Why did sanctions against North Korea’s missile program fail?

The international community has been trying to stop North Korea from developing long-range missiles for decades. So how did North Korea get one?
An anti-U.S. protest in Yemen during Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia. Reuters/Khaled Abdullah

Can Congress pressure the White House on human rights?

Congress is trying to curb the president's ties to human rights abusers, harkening back to landmark legislation of the 1970s.
Krasinski Square in Warsaw, Poland just before Trump’s speech. Reuters/Kacper Pempel

Is Trump actually popular in Poland?

A historian who studies Poland witnesses the president’s visit to Warsaw, and casts a skeptical eye at the crowd that took in the president’s speech.
‘Damenkneipe,’ or ‘Ladies’ Saloon,’ painted by Rudolf Schlichter in 1923. In 1937, many of his paintings were destroyed by the Nazis as ‘degenerate art.’

How the Nazis destroyed the first gay rights movement

The 1920s and early ‘30's looked like the beginning of the end for centuries of gay intolerance. Then came fascism and the Nazis.
Trump holds a joint news conference with Indian Prime Minister Modi on June 26, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Behind Modi: The growing influence of the India lobby

A small, but wealthy, population of Indian-Americans is playing a role in transforming US foreign policy toward India.