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Kenyan soldiers stand over caskets bearing the remains of their fallen comrades during prayers in 2016. Tony Karumba/AFP via Getty Images

Why Kenya’s defence forces fell at the battle of El Adde

In January 2016, Kenyan troops were defeated by Al-Shabaab militants at El Adde in Somalia. This is why it happened.
New Afghan National Army recruits march during their February graduation ceremony. AP Photo/Rahmat Gul

There’s no easy exit for the US in Afghanistan

The US is taking an untraditional approach in its peace talks with the Taliban. The new deal does not contain many of the elements that are typically key to a successful peace negotiation.
Kevin Vickers, former House of Commons Sergeant-at-Arms, receives the Star of Courage at Rideau Hall from Gov. Gen. David Johnston in February 2016 to pay tribute to security services members who responded to the 2014 shooting on Parliament Hill. Vickers was lauded as a hero. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

When we call survivors ‘heroes,’ we’re missing the full picture

We do a disservice to survivors of major tragedies when we call them "heroes." Instead, we should change our policies and attitudes to help them truly survive the disaster.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo (central) visiting a military base in the Natuna islands, near the South China Sea, Indonesia, January 8, 2020. Agus Soeparto (handout, made available by Indonesian Presidential Palace))/EPA

Why Indonesia keeps sending mixed signals on the Natuna sea dispute with China

Indonesia's response to China's 2016 incursion into its exclusive economic zone was short-lived. And again, it's sending mixed signals in the Natuna sea dispute.

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