A secret meeting between a Turkish spymaster and a Kurdish militant leader on a prison island—it’s a dramatic scene, and a promising sign of rapprochement between two old enemies.
Indonesia halted some joint intelligence and military activities with Australia due to allegations that Canberra had listened in on the Indonesian President’s phone calls. Now the two countries have resumed relations—which is good for the whole region.
America’s cultural left and right have globalized the battle over questions of sexuality.
Alarmed by a swift and ravenous ISIS to the north, and al-Qaeda in the Arabia Peninsula to the south, Saudi Arabia is cracking down on terrorism at home and abroad.
A burgeoning alliance between social conservatives and civil libertarians to oppose the nanny state might help end some particular abuses, but in the end the two camps want very different things. Their different goals represent two very different understandings of what human beings are and how they should live.
Canada might not order the F-35. The “next generation” fighter jet is already costing the Pentagon more than any other weapons program in history, and the more U.S. allies that were expected to order F-35s choose not to, the more unaffordable it will get.
A new study by a USGS geophysicist finds that fracking-induced earthquakes shake less and are ultimately less damaging than their naturally occurring counterparts.
The refugee crisis caused by the war in Ukraine is a humanitarian disaster. And on top of that, it bodes ill for Ukraine’s state-building prospects.
A new set of Chinese policies in TIbet are aimed at promoting intermarriage between Tibetans and Han Chinese. It’s all part of China’s strategy for dealing with minorities, which aims to defuse ethnic tensions by using both carrots and sticks to erode the distinctions between cultures.
With the writing on the wall for the moderate rebels in Syria, we may be seeing the beginnings of the next stage in the conflict.