A nuclear exchange between the US and North Korea would go off the charts in terms of lives lost, economies wrecked, and the environment destroyed.
ISIS’s looming defeat is to be cheered, but the costs have been huge – loss of civilian life, destruction of ancient cities, increased attacks abroad and brewing conflicts in the region.
From Catalonia to Kurdistan, long simmering regions are clamouring for their own states. But what good is being a state anymore?
Despite a generally abysmal human rights record, North Korea has shown improvement in one specific area: disability rights.
If only Muslims reach out to help the Rohingya, the international community will suffer another blow to its reputation.
Global uprisings against corruption can fuse middle-class concerns over the rule of law to a more radical critique of unequal political systems.
Given North Korea’s comfort with isolation, it’s odd that the US can’t think of any other way of dealing with the country than to increase that isolation.
He won the election touting his deal-making expertise, and there is an acute need of it, from North Korea to the Middle East. But beware of the fine print.
Trump’s version of making up with Muslims apparently involves selling $110 billion worth of arms to the most reactionary Muslim country on the planet.
Europeans want to upend politics as usual and the far right is still rising. If the Left doesn’t come up with an unusual politics of its own, it will be upended as well.
It’s not too late to make a deal with North Korea. Ultimately, it’s what Pyongyang wants too.
The president apparently wants to put the US on a permanent war footing to sustain his unpopular presidency.
Trump the businessman is at war with Trump the ideologue over the question of Islam.
Barack Obama failed to execute an economic and military pivot to Asia. Will Donald Trump pick up the fumble and run with it?
What does it mean for international relations when the most powerful country in the world becomes a pariah state?
Donald Trump’s extremely effective at dividing and conquering his opponents. What would it take for progressives to divide his supporters?
When it came to race, climate, or diplomacy, Barack Obama was like a visitor from the future. On trade and intervention, however, he was often stuck in the past.
Russia has had big plans for Donald Trump.
One or two bomb throwers can blow up the international community and Trump is appointing a whole cabinet of them.
Donald Trump has a lot more in common with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un than he would care to admit.
It’s time for the rest of the US to borrow the battle cry of the pro-Trump crowd: We’re fed up and we’re not going to take it anymore.
After a mere eight years in which diplomacy narrowly edged out militarism, the foreign policy elite rallying around Clinton has forgotten the lessons of the George W. Bush era.
Increasing skepticism of the US government can either lead to ugly conspiracy theorising or fuel a movement to bend the status quo.
Trump’s apocalyptic view of the world is a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Has society let go of the belief that disparate communities can be brought together for a common goal without one absorbing the other or both tearing each other apart?
When states dream, is Syria their nightmare?
Fossil fuels provided a one-time-only quantum leap in growth. Coming up with a new economic model should be on everyone’s bucket list.
Illiberal populists all over the world are benefiting from three simultaneous backlashes.
China offers two contrasting visions: of regional economic growth and nationalist competition. Which will it ultimately choose?
The real change will come when a more sophisticated politician, with an authentic political machine, wins over the working class. That will be the most important US election.
The US conducts drone strikes worldwide with relative impunity. But when the first strike hits the US, the real blowback will begin.
From the comfortable alt-rock of PJ Harvey to the hypnotic antagonism of Anohni, new protest music offers a relief from the official rhythms of war and peace.
From suicide bombers in the Middle East to drone operators in the US, youth-on-youth violence has become epidemic.
The Iraq War was a “disaster for all humanity,” stresses one artist’s attempt to reconstruct the treasures that were destroyed.