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Funding cuts, lack of opportunity leave US without expertise on international hot spots
Commentary: State Department was caught flat-footed by Putin because it lacked a deep bench of Russian experts.
Celebrating Mandela's legacy on 20th anniversary of South Africa's fight to end apartheid
Commentary: South Africa’s transcendent mission to address the abuses of apartheid began 20 years ago this week.
Four decades later, War Crimes Tribunal seeks justice for Bangladesh genocide
Commentary: The world should decide on which side of history they would rather stand — with a people and their quest for justice or with those who would, with impunity, escape the consequences of the crimes that they perpetrated.
International Nurses Day: A time to call for medical neutrality
Commentary: It's time that the world’s health organizations and governments adopt and implement protections for all medics — demanding medical neutrality bylaws and amendments to the Geneva Convention of 1948.
This is not the Nigeria I know
Commentary: On this Mother's Day, my mind remains on the 276 girls who were ferociously kidnapped from their boarding school in Nigeria.
Obama must be pro-active on Syrian civil war before it merges with Iraq’s Sunni-Shia violence
Commentary: Working with Putin is a key to solving Syria and slowing radicalization of Mid East.
The Spanish government must let Catalans vote
Commentary: The Spanish government should see the Catalan government's referendum proposal as part of a methodical, transparent and democratic roadmap for effective political conflict resolution.
Despite Asian pivot, the US eventually must share Pacific power with China
Commentary: Obama’s setbacks on Far Eastern trip foreshadow changes in the region that will diminish US role.
In westernmost Russia, a tactical nuclear base emerges as a threat to NATO countries
Commentary: Placement of the Iskander missile at Kalingrad may send message to the West about Russia’s expansionist plans.
Journalist's death in Myanmar unites Western democracies pushing for growth of local free press
Commentary: The death of Rangoon journalist Win Tin highlights a worrisome trend: few of Myanmar's local journalists are covering conflicts.
US foreign policy mistakes helped shape the crisis in Ukraine
Commentary: Putin wants influence in eastern Ukraine but does not want to own it.
Why Afghan media spun election day
There was actually more violence this time, but you didn't hear it from the press. Journalists are now admitting to a blackout.
An open letter to President Obama on inequality in our justice system
Commentary: Obama's "My Brother's Keeper" may be gaining some trust from young black men, but the president is simultaneously creating a generation of youth who'll never trust law enforcement.
Ugandan anti-gay law boosts standing of a president in power since 1986
Commentary: The roots of the country’s anti-gay culture go back to 19th century British colonial rule, but the new law has boosted the president's standing, with clergy lining up behind him for the 2016 elections.
Afghanistan's 'coming out' for LGBT rights can pave the road to peace
Commentary: The country's national election is heading for a runoff amidst recent commotion over the 'outing' of pious politicians, and the growing LGBT movement wonders who will do more for their rights.
Demystifying Turkey’s Vote: How Erdoğan took the election
Commentary: In the wake of the March 30 election, many have called the results corrupt. But could it be that Erdoğan is just the lesser of two evils?
Weak governance must be overcome to halt rise in Latin American homicides
Commentary: Drug economy is also to blame, according to new UN global study.
Ukraine needs a new and honest narrative of its complex history
Commentary: Many foreign countries have occupied Ukraine, changing its borders and murdering its citizens.
Turkey’s role as refugee host under pressure as requests for asylum increase
Commentary: UN and Western nations are pressed to collaborate in relocating refugees from Syria and other countries.
Ukraine is Putin’s starting place in destroying NATO and rebuilding Russian empire
Commentary: Energy exports are a temporary lever in waging economic war against opposition from the West.
Root of the CAR conflict is a legacy of poverty, not religious warfare
Commentary: The UN peacekeeping force is seen as the best hope for ending killing and providing aid to the Central African Republic, but even they have been complicit in exacerbating the problem.
Finding relief in the hip-hop underground of Tunisia's poorest neighborhoods
Four years after the Tunisian uprising, poor youth still live in the shadow of unemployment, poverty and police violence, using political rap as a means to be heard.
Russia-Ukraine crisis replaces Mideast talks as Kerry’s primary mission
Commentary: US needs to outline the solution the world expects of Israel and Palestinians, then leave them to work it out.
As Obama prepares to visit Asia, we must all move beyond nationalism, race
Commentary: What do recent headline events in Malaysia, China and Russia all have in common? Government attitudes and actions that are still defined by the dividing politics of race and ethnicity.
President Obama’s Asia-Pacific “pivot” appears to be losing steam in 2014
Commentary: While the administration reassures US allies that it remains committed, domestic pressures, competing crises outside of Asia and a reassessment of commitments in Europe clearly threaten efforts.
Lebanon's Syrian refugees: 'An entire generation is growing up with PTSD'
Commentary: The region cannot sustain an endless war in Syria.
By invading Crimea, Putin united Ukraine instead of Russia
Commentary: Putin has brought out an unparalleled strength against corruption within the Ukrainian nation. Ironically, the very same national strength he desperately seeks to foster within Russia.
As Israel-Palestine peace talks grind on, young West Bank entrepreneurs aren't waiting around
Commentary: Large parts of West Bank and Gaza remain poor and undeveloped, but young techies are building futures.
New US global AIDS coordinator has a roadmap to eliminating the disease
Commentary: US commitment is largest a nation has ever made to combating a single disease.
Key to understanding Ukraine is what governments do, not what they say
Commentary: With NATO’s lack of military readiness, few reasons for Putin not to push into Ukraine.
Boston and Mastung, Pakistan: Two cities where love is stronger than terror
Commentary: Courage and resilience are found among survivors of attacks in Pakistan and the Marathon.