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How to Succeed in Conflict Without Really Trying

South Sudan’s leaders have massively profited from war, a watchdog report finds. Sanctions are an option, but without a well thought out full spectrum plan accompanying them, may not lead to good things.

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How Not to Steal an Election: Gabon Edition

A memo to dictators: if you’re going to steal an election, don’t let them see you sweat.

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Blaming Singapore Will Not Solve Malaysia’s Problems

As the 1MDB scandal rolls on, a popular ex-PM points the finger at Singapore. He’d do better to look in the mirror.

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In Russia, Survival of the Most Corrupt

The U.S. should do more to let Russian pensioners know the Kremlin is too busy doling out billions to Putin and his buddies to give a damn about their welfare.

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Clean Up the UN

The ‘international space’ is poorly governed, and the press doesn’t watch it as closely as it watches national politics.

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The Moral Crisis Behind Deutsche Bank’s Russia Scandal

The decline in the willingness of large German companies to observe basic standards of business ethics point toward a moral, rather than merely an institutional, crisis.

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Letter from Montenegro: Organized Crime’s State of Play

Although Montenegro seeks NATO membership in 2016, concerns linger regarding the tiny Adriatic state’s will to fight endemic organized crime and corruption.

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Why We Can't Have Nice Things

Déjà vu all over again.

Public Opinion

A new Gallup poll registers big increases in respect for police, including among Democrats and nonwhites.

Asia's Game of Thrones

Both Washington and Manila are doing damage control in the wake of Duterte’s latest comments, but the real test is yet to come.


Even the New York Times is beginning to acknowledge Obama’s sorry legacy in the Middle East.

beyond blue

Financial literacy has to become a basic element of the U.S. educational system.


The inability to pass the easiest of trade deals with Canada speaks to a deeper structural crisis at the heart of the continent.

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