The UN will have to overcome deep distrust among Israelis.
Let’s look at the Constitution, the War Powers Resolution, and what might authorize or constrain military action.
We missed some breakthroughs, but we dodged some disasters.
Casualty counts can be a political tool – and how we report the data has real consequences.
Here’s a recap of some of the year’s highs and lows.
Two experts discuss the broader impact of the Israel-Hamas war.
Can India balance support for Israel with its long-standing commitment to Palestine?
Governments and non-state actors use mass migration as a tool of war.
What we know about Hamas hostage-taking and Israel’s hostage recovery policy.
Here’s what you need to know following Saturday’s attack by Hamas.
It may not matter much to voters, but foreign policy is definitely on the ballot.
It’s not just a terrorist tactic any more.
If it’s not a binding treaty, how can it influence military action? Here’s what research tells us.
Ukraine’s allies can use their own courts to investigate war crimes
Will forces remain loyal to the regime? That might depend on their business networks.
That’s a first — but the right-wing parties forming the next government don’t necessarily agree on social and economic issues
Abandoning the U.N.-established cross-border aid routes could put millions of Syrians at risk
‘Leadership decapitation’ can inspire Islamist extremist groups and followers to carry out more attacks, my research finds
That puts civilians at risk, research shows
This book takes a comprehensive look at the rise of Islamic State affiliates operating on the continent
It’s a humanitarian move, but there’s more to the calculations.
Shifting Russian troops away from Syria risks opening up new threats
The State Department announcement gives the U.S. government ways to negotiate for the release of the WNBA star
But research suggests some approaches can help communities successfully absorb all kinds of refugees
In Ukraine and beyond, skills, determination and tactics matter more than the mix of weapons
Arms control helped ensure that this was a ‘nonevent’
As Stalin learned in Finland, small countries can inflict serious damage on invading superpowers
Here’s the downside to prosecuting former leaders
They’ve done so in Ukraine in the past. Five factors make it likely this time as well.
It’s not merely a shared ‘Europeanness,’ this research finds
The history of the West suggests something else entirely
Destroying hospitals and critical infrastructure is part of the playbook.
If European nations want to welcome these refugees, here’s what they can learn from our research
Cyber operations don’t win wars, our research finds.
Many German politicians were convinced that the Russian president was bluffing about Ukraine
If Putin escalates the war in Ukraine, here’s what could be next
Here’s what the research tells us
Turkey’s diplomatic balancing act may be behind this move
Up until now, Russia tried to look like it was playing by the rules.
Our book on terrorist leaders gives some clues
The Chicago Police Department apologized for what it called ‘torture.’ But while the United States is a party to international human rights treaties, it doesn’t have laws at home against these violations.
For Putin, invading Ukraine comes with political risk at home, these surveys show
Our research identifies what’s blocking repatriation
Many Ukrainians wouldn’t favor a pro-Russian leader — but would the U.S. support an anti-Russian insurgency?
The landmark case invoked the principle of ‘universal jurisdiction’
Countries like Belarus are counting on E.U. governments to see refugees as a security threat
Past trauma and new threats are taking a toll on refugees’ mental health
The military has now dissolved the joint civilian-military government.
Why dynasties dominate the leadership in Japan, and around the world.
The focus on social policies to end discrimination ratcheted up political disagreements
It’s more complicated than it appears.
Bringing ex-insurgents into a government’s security forces can win over locals and improve intelligence — but only if it is done well.
The research shows how hard it is to go from armed rebellion to leadership
As countries in the global north outsource refugee management to the global south, expect more poor countries to ‘weaponize’ migration.
Syrian activists have built humanitarian aid groups and a nascent civil society in rebel-held areas — which puts them in danger if the Syrian government retakes that territory.
An increasing number of clients and providers in the private security market are dodging the rules
A local armed group claimed responsibility for recent attacks.
Our research looks at 10 years of truces in Syria.
My research identified four different approaches to creating ‘weapons of mass migration’
Elections can be a dictator’s way of saying who’s in charge
Poorly informed leaders with few allies are more likely to take risks, the research shows
Technology has become the ‘long arm’ of authoritarians
Monteiro, who passed away this month, influenced debates about U.S. dominance in the world
The Biden administration will find it difficult to contain Israel and Iran’s escalating tensions.
Survey data suggest it will be hard for Putin to rally support for a direct military intervention
Here’s the history behind why U.S. law classifies people from the Middle East as White.
That matters — because when political leaders shape foreign policy, they keep public opinion in mind.
The possibility of addressing the legal framework for the war on terror is big news.
Drones have become the weapon of choice around the world
What’s happening in the country, part 2.
In 2017, rallies and protests persuaded a big proportion of citizens that the ban was ‘un-American'
Potential migrants consider many things when deciding whether to leave home. The Biden administration is targeting them with relevant information.
Research suggests this pressure won’t convince Syria’s 5.5 million refugees to return
Social media rhetoric from politicians, citizens and others helped influence political moves
Civil wars rarely remain purely domestic affairs
Courts that are simultaneously domestic and international can help overcome suspicions about fairness
Trump administration decisions on Israel marked a shift away from decades of U.S. policy.
But foreign policy will definitely be on the ballot on Nov. 3
Americans aren’t the only ones watching the 2020 presidential election closely
New research shows conflicts rose in some countries but fell in others.
Gender stereotypes push women leaders to be ‘iron ladies’ rather than peacemakers
Notably, coverage of Muslims was markedly negative in 2019.
Here are some possible courses of action — if the legislature wants to do more than signal its displeasure.
Future international orders may look quite different.
Russians don’t like military adventures in bad economic times, my research finds
Women can be bad guys, too.
Research shows ideologically opposed parties rarely share power well
But proving legal violations this way has risks
Even if Erdogan wanted to restore the ancient caliphate, he would need public support to succeed.
Here’s the evidence.
Four reasons Israel might be waging its shadow war more overtly — which could backfire.
Speedy coronavirus response in February may have boosted support for the government
How do you ‘mass and dominate the battlespace’ in a U.S. city?
And he did it on TV, which will reach a broad audience
Two things — watchdogs and sunset provisions — help prevent governments from restricting rights indefinitely
Here’s why more open governments weren’t as nimble
More people will need help — but wealthier nations may have less to give
This is how disagreements over debt and refugees widened the E.U.’s political rifts
Shaky economies are likely to get worse
The logo and building of the World Health Organization headquarters