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Kimberly Gwen Polman, a Canadian national, reads a letter at camp Roj in Syria. Polman came to the Islamic State’s caliphate to join her new husband, a man she knew only from online. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

Canadian women who joined ISIS should be repatriated, investigated and rehabilitated

Canada needs a better framework to understand and analyze the participation of women who marry ISIS soldiers — and find ways to hold them accountable
At the Rose Monday carnival in Düsseldorf, Germany, on February 15, Vladimir Putin was portrayed in an unfortunate posture in front of Alexei Navalny. Ina Fassbender/AFP

Debate: Is the wind changing for Vladimir Putin?

Can the arrival of a new administration in Washington and the demonstrations in Moscow demanding the release of Alexei Navalny destabilize the strongman of Moscow?
Samira, originally from Belgium, walks with her son in Camp Roj in northern Syria. Her French husband is imprisoned for links to the Islamic State. She has tried to return to Belgium, where she says she wants to reintegrate into society, but their repatriation has sparked controversy. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

Canada needs a plan to bring home the children of jihadists

The children of Canadians who have left to join the Islamic State are the subject of a fierce debate about Canada's obligation to their repatriation.
The podcast Caliphate explored the war on terror and ISIS on the ground in Syria and Iraq. In this March 12, 2020 photo, a man rides a motorcycle in northwestern Syria the current focus of the 10-year civil war. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

New York Times ‘Caliphate’ podcast controversy challenges brash methods of foreign correspondents

The latest scandal to hit news media involves Rukmini Callimachi, the journalist behind the New York Times podcast "Caliphate." The scandal spotlights the dynamic between reporters and "fixers."
People look at the remains of an exploded vehicle that the Islamic State used as a suicide bomb, on display in Iran in September 2020. Morteza Nikoubazl/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Who really defeated the Islamic State – Obama or Trump?

President Trump has claimed the Islamic State was completely defeated on his watch – but an analysis of government maps and other reports shows his administration did only half the work.
Saudi King Salman accompanies Kuwait’s emir, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, left, during the 40th Gulf Cooperation Council Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in December 2019. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

Why the Gulf monarchies have survived

Gulf monarchies emerged from the Arab Spring relatively unscathed, while some Middle East republics were devastated by civil war. Here's how they managed — and how education may have played a part.

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