Saturday, January 31, 2015
  1. Lessons of the Lord’s Resistance

    David Tolbert

    Lessons of the Lord’s Resistance


     demands that the world pay attention to – and stop – Boko Haram's campaign of terror in Nigeria.

    Boko Haram girls protest Nigeria Sunil Sharma/Xinhua/ZumaPress

    Nigeria's militant Islamist group Boko Haram increasingly resembles the Lord’s Resistance Army, which wreaked havoc in northern Uganda and South Sudan for decades. And, as with the LRA, national authorities and the international community have been slow to respond to the threat to regional stability that Boko Haram represents. READ MORE

  2. The Grand Strategy of Xi Jinping

    Yoon Young-kwan

    The Grand Strategy of Xi Jinping


     believes that China's efforts to challenge the US will not continue to destabilize Asia this year.

    Xi Jingping Li Tao/ZumaPress

    China spent much of 2014 seeking to revive the concept of “Asia for the Asians” that Japan proclaimed seven decades ago, when it was an imperial power seeking to impose its will on the region. But that effort may not end as badly for China as it did for Japan. READ MORE

  3. Saving Global Order

    Kofi A. Annan

    Saving Global Order


     reminds us why renewing the international system is in everyone's interest.

    Hand holding a globe Send me adrift/Flickr

    Around the world, personal liberty, human rights, and democracy are at risk, while the international community is deeply divided, blocking progress on challenges ranging from the crises in Syria, Iraq, and Ukraine to climate change and trade. Three factors – all likely to persist this year – are driving these unsettling trends. READ MORE

  4. Japan’s Beheaded Illusions

    Yuriko Koike

    Japan’s Beheaded Illusions


     complains that the country's "peace constitution" bars the tools needed to protect its citizens.

    PM Shinzo Abe Egypt President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi PM Shinzo Abe and President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi/Pan Chaoyue/ZumaPress

    The Islamic State's beheading of a Japanese citizen has highlighted just how vulnerable the country is to outside threats. Will the Japanese public now support Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's efforts to reform the country's constitution to allow for a more active defense policy? READ MORE

  5. Europe’s Jihadi Generation

    Javier Solana

    Europe’s Jihadi Generation


     attributes radicalization to exclusion at home and turmoil in the Arab world.

    Muslim youth men Ashraf Amra/APA Images/ZumaPress

    In the wake of the attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris and the thwarting of an attack in Belgium, Europe needs to understand why second- and third-generation immigrants are susceptible to the blandishments of terrorist organizations. The reason is simple: European citizenship has not translated into social and economic inclusion. READ MORE

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