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It’s the summer of political conventions: Democrats in Denver, Republicans in Minneapolis, and jocks in Beijing. The Olympics are more than just fun and games—they’re also a forum for international politics. China hopes to make its Olympic games the nation’s coming out party. It’s hardly the

The Vatican enjoys a privileged and unique status as the only religion represented at the United Nations and dozens of other international bodies. At times this ruffles feathers when Church doctrine clashes with secular affairs of state. Still, the Church manages to tend its flock of more than

For six decades, Taiwan’s political status has been unresolved. In that time, the small island’s economic dynamism has made it a major player in the global market. But its economic success hasn’t translated into political clout on the international stage. As China’s sphere of influence expands,

Have women in Arab countries achieved greater equality since the revolutions swept the region, and which rights are yet to be won?

The revolutions that swept across the Middle East in 2011, known as "The Arab Spring," promised greater freedoms for many in the region, including women.

Fidel Castro’s communist government survived a tight US trade embargo, a tense missile crisis and the collapse of its Soviet patron. Now, after 49 years at the helm, the world’s longest serving political leader has stepped down, handing power to his brother, Raúl. We explore what this change in

Public diplomacy efforts have been overshadowed by American foreign policy in Iraq and Afghanistan in recent years. What is America doing to fix this growing problem and is it too late to make a difference?  This

America’s high hopes for the United Nations have been tempered by frequent frustration. The UN can be inefficient and bureaucratic, and it doesn’t always follow the will of the United States. And yet, for better or worse, the two continue to work together. 

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When the Soviet Union collapsed in the early 1990s, there was a chance for cooperation where there had once been conflict. And for a while it seemed friendship might replace the bitter legacy of the Cold War. But 18 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, relations between Washington and Moscow

Since the onset of the Iraq War, the US and Turkey have walked a tight rope to maintain their strained relationship. Turkey’s reluctance to allow the US to transport troops through the country and Turkey’s growing annoyance with America’s inaction against rising violence from the PKK, a Kurdish

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