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Middlebury College, founded in 1800, is a Vermont-based undergraduate educational institution known for its leadership in language education, international studies, and environmental studies. The college offers its students a broad curriculum embracing the arts, humanities, literature, foreign languages, social sciences, and natural sciences.

In addition to the undergraduate college, Middlebury operates the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, a leading international professional graduate school based in Monterey, California; the Middlebury C.V. Starr Schools Abroad in 17 countries and 38 cities around the globe; the Middlebury Language Schools, which celebrated their centennial in 2015 and educate 1,500 students each summer in Vermont; the Middlebury Bread Loaf School of English, founded in 1920 and offering summer classes in Ripton, Vermont; Oxford, England; and Santa Fe, New Mexico; the Middlebury Bread Loaf Writers’ Conferences in Ripton, Vermont; and the Middlebury School of the Environment in Kunming and Dali, China.

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Ukrainians walk in the besieged city of Mariupol, where there are reports of a possible chemical attack. Victor/Xinhua via Getty Images)

Russia isn’t likely to use chemical weapons in Ukraine – unless Putin grows desperate

There are unconfirmed reports that Russia has used chemical weapons in Ukraine. Syria’s recent chemical weapons use offers context for understanding this tactic. Chemical weapons terrify civilians.
Un avión de la Fuerza Aérea de Estados Unidos realiza un lanzamiento de prueba de una bomba B61-12 en diciembre de 2021. Esa bomba puede alojar una cabeza nuclear para su uso en tiempos de guerra. Los Alamos National Laboratory

¿Qué países tienen armas nucleares y dónde están?

Tanto los arsenales rusos como los estadounidenses cuentan con miles de armas nucleares, situadas en diversos lugares de sus propios países y, en el caso de Estados Unidos, también en Europa.
A U.S. Air Force jet performs a test drop of a B61-12 bomb in December 2021. That bomb can contain a nuclear warhead for use in wartime. Los Alamos National Laboratory

What countries have nuclear weapons, and where are they?

Both the Russian and US arsenals boast thousands of nuclear weapons, located in various places around their own countries and, for the US, in Europe as well.
This intercontinental ballistic missile was launched as part of Russia’s test of its strategic forces in 2020. Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP

Would Putin use nuclear weapons? An arms control expert explains what has and hasn’t changed since the invasion of Ukraine

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and Vladimir Putin’s nuclear threats have the world on edge, but so far, long-standing arms control measures have helped keep the situation from getting out of control.
Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia members stand in southwestern Colombia on January 17, 2017. These FARC soldiers were among the 5,700 fighters who demobilized after the 2016 peace agreement. Luis Robayo/AFP via Getty Images

US has taken FARC off its terrorist list, giving insight into Biden’s foreign policy

The U.S. State Department rarely removes terrorist groups from its Foreign Terrorist Organizations list. Most terrorist groups, unlike the Colombian FARC, don’t want to put down their weapons.
In ‘Don’t Look Up,’ scientists played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence watch with horror as people willfully ignore warnings of an impending disaster. Entertainment Pictures/Alamy Stock Photo

‘Don’t Look Up’: Hollywood’s primer on climate denial illustrates 5 myths that fuel rejection of science

Just because something isn’t 100% certain doesn’t mean you ignore it, and other lessons from two researchers who study the problem of science denial.
Can Joe Biden restore U.S. world leadership? Agela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images

Biden faces the world: 5 foreign policy experts explain US priorities – and problems – after Trump

Biden wants to restore US global leadership after four years of Trump’s isolationism and antagonism. These are some of the challenges and opportunities he’ll face, from China to Latin America.
Parler is similar to Twitter but doesn’t control or discourage hate speech or calls to violence. OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Image

Big Tech’s rejection of Parler shuts down a site favored by Trump supporters – and used by participants in the US Capitol insurrection

Millions of supporters of Donald Trump flocked to the far-right social media platform, where hate speech and calls for violence thrive. The US Capitol insurrection could be the platform’s undoing.

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