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Why world's newest country is nearing civil war

/ | Dec 24, 2013

Why world's newest country is nearing civil war

It was considered one of the world’s great successes when South Sudan became an independent nation on July 9, 2011. After many unhappy years as a region of Sudan, the new country declared its independence with crucial support from the outside world, particularly the ...

| Dec 1, 2013

Does China ADIZ take focus off 'real enemy'?

China has one of the largest and most consequential militaries in the world, but how Beijing thinks about its military and makes military decisions is largely a mystery to the outside world. The People’s Liberation Army is technically attached to the Chinese Communist Party, ...

The Syria questions you were too afraid to ask

Sep 1, 2013

The Syria questions you were too afraid to ask

The United States is preparing for a possibly imminent series of limited military strikes against Syria, the first direct U.S. intervention in the two-year civil war, in retaliation for President Bashar Assad’s suspected use of chemical weapons against civilians. If you found the above ...

U.S. has spotty record on aid cuts after coups

| Jul 6, 2013

U.S. has spotty record on aid cuts after coups

The Foreign Assistance Act, a U.S. law first enacted in 1961, is pretty clear: It says, in Section 508, that the United States must cut aid to any country “whose duly elected head of government is deposed by military coup or decree.” Whatever popular ...