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America's Enduring Bacha Bazi Problem in Afghanistan

December 07, 2017

The selling and using of young boys for sex has deep roots in Afghanistan and has been widely practiced for generations.

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Notes for Antifa from a Former “Terrorist”

November 29, 2017

Antifa embraces violence as a legitimate political tool. But even in Trump's United States, this tactic fails on moral and strategic grounds. 

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Congress Acts Like It's above the Law

November 28, 2017

More people need to be aware that Congress exempts itself from laws that it imposes on the rest of us.

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Why Saudi Arabia's Regional Power Plays Won't Lead to War

November 17, 2017

Saudi Arabia has become more assertive, but that doesn't mean it's going to war.

Peng Liyuan, Xi Jinping, Donald Trump, and Melania Trump.

China – A Reluctant Global Power

November 16, 2017

Trump has created a global power vacuum. Is Beijing ready to fill it?

Researcher's hands taking notes. Credit: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Turn health insurance subsidies into health insurance vouchers

November 13, 2017

There are plenty of precedents for this approach, including food stamps, housing vouchers, and energy credits, all provided to individual consumers and not to corporate providers.

Soldier in Niger holding a gun. Credit: Reuters

Why Niger Proves America's Counterterrorism Tactics Are Failing

November 11, 2017

How many Niger-like tragedies will it take before America gets the message?

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson gestures while speaking to staff members at the U.S. Mission to the U.N. in Switzerland

Is America Losing Its Credibility with the Middle East?

October 26, 2017

Case in point: Washington has found no way to stop its loss of influence over Iraq.

Jeff Bezos

An open letter to Jeff Bezos–you are needed to disrupt the health care sector

September 29, 2017

Earth to Jeff: Rockets are fun but we need you here.

One IDP camp near Sittwe can only be accessed by sea with boats transporting vital aid supplies such as rice and cooking oil.

The Shame of Myanmar

September 24, 2017

Sometimes, geopolitics should be set aside.

America should find a way to incentivize China to act, rather than try to shame or sanction it.

Can America Convince China to Subdue a Nuclear North Korea?

September 23, 2017

America should find a way to incentivize China to act, rather than try to shame or sanction it.

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Donald Trump and the Art of Foreign-Policy Bluffing

September 10, 2017

When it comes to China and North Korea, the administration ought to try carrots before sticks.

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China and India: A Lesson in Conflict Resolution

September 01, 2017

In a violent world, the two behemoths offer a welcome respite.

missile launch from island

THAAD: Best a Bargaining Chip

August 10, 2017

How might the U.S. make the best use of the controversial THAAD deployment to South Korea?

Chinese soldiers standing at attention and waving Chinese flag.

Wanted: A Give-And-Take Diplomacy for the North Korea Crisis

July 17, 2017

America should make a serious attempt at give-and-take diplomacy with China before the situation with North Korea becomes untenable.