A complex legacy.
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A scholar of African American studies explores how the former secretary of state, who died at 84, dealt with what WEB DuBois described as the ‘double-consciousness’ of being Black and American.
Beset on all sides: a soldier of the SDF looks out at the Turkish frontline during the 2019 invasion of Kurdish territory in Syria.
Joe Biden has been quick to calm Kurdish fears that the US will abandon them to their fate.
Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks during a congressional committee hearing on the withdrawal of American troops Afghanistan.
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This summer’s disintegration of the Afghan government and continuing political turmoil in Iraq provide valuable lessons for the U.S. and its mission to impose democracy on the rest of the world.
A Taliban fighter, wearing U.S. clothing and carrying U.S. weapons, looks through a captured night-vision device.
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Despite efforts to prevent militant groups from getting weapons, they often get their hands on U.S. equipment and use it to attack American troops.
The events of the past decade in the Middle East have upended the states in the region. What will the future hold?
It was the day the US realised it was fighting a different kind of war.
A Taliban fighter stands guard at Sarai Shahzada market in Kabul.
After 20 years that cost thousands of lives and trillions of dollars, America’s engagement in the Middle East appears to be over. So what happens now?
A survey of U.S. history teachers found they teach about 9/11 primarily on the date of the anniversary.
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The 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks is an opportunity for teachers to focus less on recreating the day and more on what students can learn from it, two curriculum experts argue.
The rise of the US military state since 9/11 has cost billions of dollars and resulted in the loss of nearly 1 million lives in wars abroad.
At the Amna Suraka museum in Iraq, exhibits show the torture that was carried out in the cells.
Interviews with former torturers in Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq reveal what it takes to be a torturer – which could help explain how to reduce the number of people who get tortured around the world.
Every soldier has a different story.
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The act of killing in combat is associated with heightened risks of PTSD and suicide. A scholar interviewed 30 veterans about their common experiences.
Heading for the exit.
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Following the completion of the US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, Neta Crawford, the co-director of the Costs of War Project, reflects on 7,268 days of American involvement in the conflict.
Taliban fighters stand guard at a checkpoint in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Aug. 18, 2021.
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The U.S. military collected biometric data on Afghan civilians. The information may have fallen into the hands of the Taliban, highlighting why collecting the data is too risky in the first place.
A spice merchant in his shop in Bab Al-Saray market during Ramadan in April 2021.
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The insurgents left Mosul in 2017 in a near total state of destruction. With little outside help, local residents are rebuilding their city and reclaiming their identity.
A global treaty bans research or stockpiling of biological weapons — but allows bioweapon defense planning.
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The sketchy history of international efforts to control bioweapons suggests that nations will resist cooperative monitoring of gene hacking for medical research.
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Plus, why sarcasm is so difficult for children to understand – and how to help them. Listen to episode 23 of The Conversation Weekly podcast.
Black people constitute a significant percentage of the global Arab population.
Black Arabs face racism and discrimination throughout the Arab world. Exposing this anti-Blackness is challenging but critical work.
Tahrir Square, then and now.
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In the ten years since the Arab Spring, the countries affected have transformed completely. Here’s how.
A test explosion during a training exercise.
What happens when a bomb explodes? This unique ‘blast lab’ found out.
More than 14,000 Iraqi police officers have been killed since the US invasion in 2003.