Commentaries

Pens Not Swords

Sarah Browning writes about how poets have used their distinctive voices to protest war, from the 5th century BC to the ongoing conflict in Iraq.

Engaging Islam

Should the United States emphasize democracy or humanist religious traditions in its approach to global Islam? FPIF's Najum Mushtaq and Abdeslam Maghraoui of the U.S. Institute of Peace offer two different answers.

When Ceasefires Fail

Violent clashes have destroyed a four-year ceasefire in Sri Lanka. Here’s one place where the United States (and the UN) could make a difference before it’s too late.
persistent organic pollutants, environment, EPA, Stockholm Convention, Rotterdam Convention, pesticides, toxic chemicals, UNEP, PCBs

Postcard from Syria

With a shaky UN-brokered ceasefire in place, Syrians still grapple with the persistent insecurity facing their country's war-weary borders and the growing refugee problem.
The war in Lebanon was only the latest mirage to transfix the Middle East. To avoid catastrophe, the United States must dispense with the illusions that helped propel that war.
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