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President Joe Biden greets Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York City in September 2023. Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Biden steps up pressure on Israel − using the key levers available against an ally with strong domestic support

Israel has historically made statements and taken actions to placate US anger without always following through. But will Biden’s threat to put conditions on aid force Israel to behave differently?
Graduating cadets at West Point take their oaths to the Constitution and are commissioned as officers in the U.S. Army. Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

Military personnel swear allegiance to the Constitution and serve the American people – not one leader or party

Members of the military take an oath before service, but it’s to the Constitution, not a specific person. West Point professors explain how young officers learn the importance of their allegiance.
Is a military presence needed to regain control of America’s schools? 4x6 via Getty Images

Is the National Guard a solution to school violence?

School board members in one Massachusetts district have called for the National Guard to address student misbehavior. Does their request have merit? A school discipline expert weighs in.
A paratrooper with a NATO flag performs during an air show in Radom, Poland, in August 2023. Jakub Porzycki/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Why the United States needs NATO – 3 things to know

Donald Trump has threatened to not defend some NATO countries if Russia attacks them. But the US also benefits from the power that NATO gives it, as well as the stability it helped create in Europe.
A U.K. military aircraft takes off to participate in a joint U.S.-U.K. mission against Houthis. UK Ministry of Defence/Anadolu via Getty Images

Biden’s use of military in Yemen upsets congressional progressives, but fits with long tradition of presidents exercising commander in chief’s power

In the wake of US attacks against Houthi militants in Yemen, a scholar of presidential power to use the military examines the history and present of the laws around US military action.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and U.S. President Joe Biden arrive for a news conference on Dec. 12, 2023, in Washington, D.C. Alex Wong/Getty Images

5 things to know about US aid to Ukraine

With US aid to Ukraine locked in a partisan battle over security at the US southern border, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy faces the possibility of losing his largest supporter.
The North Carolina memorial stands in Gettysburg National Military Park on Aug. 10, 2020. Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Gettysburg tells the story of more than a battle − the military park shows what national ‘reconciliation’ looked like for decades after the Civil War

How should opposing armies be commemorated on a battlefield? Gettysburg offers an especially interesting example of today’s debates over Confederate monuments.

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