White Americans who hold racist attitudes are likely to prefer military action over diplomacy in foreign countries like Iran and, in particular, China.
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Analysis of US survey data finds that white people who hold racist views are more likely than others to favor military action over diplomacy in China and Iran, and to endorse the global war on terror.
A soldier participates in a training during a tactical leader’s exercise at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.
Data show that the US intervenes more in other countries’ affairs than it did in the past. It also currently hires fewer career professionals for ambassadorial or foreign affairs positions.
Death in detention: the aftermath of an airstrike on the Tajoura camp in Tripoli in July 2019.
The NATO-led military intervention in Libya has just fuelled more violence.
Venezuelans have faced food and medicine shortages since late 2015. Now power outages have cut off water supplies, too.
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As rival factions vie for control over Venezuela, many of the country’s 31 million people are suffering prolonged power outages, food and water shortages, and limited access to medicine.
Clashes between opposition protesters and Venezuelan soldiers at the Venezuela-Brazil border have killed an estimated 25 people.
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Brazil’s president has threatened military intervention in neighboring Venezuela, called its leader a ‘dictator’ and sent troops to the border. But Brazil’s military is quietly working to avoid war.
While the Syria strikes were clearly violating international law, using force to uphold the ban on chemical weapons is becoming acceptable in the international community.
The government is planning to take part in military action in Syria. But does it need MPs to consent beforehand?
The legal standards for military intervention are complicated and highly specific. It’s not clear an attack on Syria would meet them.
Memories of pre-invasion Iraq live on.
After the US invasion brought their dictator down, Iraqis’ everyday lives were marked by chaos and violence.
Zimbabwe’s Defence Force has taken control of the country’s political affairs.
By intervening in Zimbabwe’s politics the military could plunge the country into a prolonged period of uncertainty. Could President Emmerson Mnangagwa be its saviour?
Waving the Libyan national flag in Tripoli.
As far as Moscow’s concerned, the stakes in Libya are low and the potential returns very high.
A pro-Assad protester during the 2011 protests.
The West’s chosen solution to the Syrian conflict demands action that it’s unwilling to take.
Trump has a change of heart.
Donald Trump suddenly appears to have been overcome with a sense of responsibility towards the people of Syria. How can that be explained?
Gambia’s President-elect Adama Barrow waves after his inauguration at Gambia’s embassy in Dakar, Senegal. But will he be able to go home?
Military intervention is sanctioned and executed by states. It is thus always a function of state interests rather than the objective enforcement of law. The case of The Gambia is no different.
The recent revelations about the savage treatment of Yazidi women at the hands of Islamic State, or ISIS, fighters is the latest in a shocking set of disclosures regarding the group’s behavior. It sadly…
Africa has suffered its fair share of military rule, but many countries are now electoral democracies.
Democracy in Africa has yet to be firmly anchored to withstand the strong currents that threaten it. Although most African countries are electoral democracies, most hold dubious elections.
Packing up and shipping out.
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British combat operations have now officially ended in Afghanistan with the handing over of Camp Bastion, the last British military base in the country, handed over to Afghan forces. It was fittingly symbolic…
The IS flag outside Kobanê.
Western strategists are routinely taught to remember a number of maxims, one of the most popular being that “the enemy has a vote”. This fundamental truth of strategy has so far gone apparently unheeded…
The oil depot fire raging near Tripoli airport.
Libya’s already edgy security situation is suddenly in a steep decline. France has announced it is evacuating its nationals from the country by sea, and other countries are doing the same with their embassy…
I think we’re alone now…
The passing of a decade has not dulled the sense of outrage at the UK involvement in the Iraq War, and the news that the Iraq Inquiry can only publish the “gist” of Tony Blair’s talks with George Bush…