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Students at Ponar Forest in Lithuania, where Nazis massacred many Jews. Daniel B. Bitran

Why tourists go to sites associated with death and suffering

In recent years, the number of people traveling to sites of death, natural disaster, acts of violence, tragedy and crimes against humanity has dramatically increased. Is it immoral?
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is applauded at a performance in Pyongyang. KRT via AP Video

Disarming North Korea means making concessions

A former Department of Defense and State Department official explains why a hardline approach on North Korea will likely fail, as it did with Iran.
A rocket is launched from Israel’s Iron Dome, an anti-missile system, in order to intercept a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip in 2011. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty, File)

North Korea missile crisis echoes Israel’s anti-rocket strategy

There is much debate over how to react to North Korean missile threats. What can we learn from Israel’s responses to actual rocket attacks?
Images of Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are shown on a news program in Seoul, South Korea on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017. AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon

Why didn’t sanctions stop North Korea’s missile program?

The international community has been trying to stop North Korea from developing long-range missiles for decades. So how did North Korea get them?
South Korea’s subtly calibrated risk aversion in the face of outrageous North Korean aggression has kept the two countries from war. EPA/KCNA

Is the world really sleepwalking to war? Systems thinking can provide an answer

An aggressive posture is one thing – but doing something about it is another, as countries factor in the costs and risks of aggression.
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Asia’s dangerous new geopolitics

The first week of July is not normally one that brings great events in world politics. Around that time, the northern hemisphere normally shifts into summer holiday mode. Recently, this has become less…

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