All The Monitor's View

  • From Congress, a nudge for self-reliance

    As President Obama again seeks bipartisan solutions from Congress after his State of the Union speech, he can note one reform nearing passage: Support for states to nudge food stamp recipients into job training and jobs.

  • Bridges for Asia's island disputes

    As China asserts stronger claims over its coastal seas, the US and others need to be more proactive in engaging Beijing. A joint research trip in the South China Sea hints at one way.

  • Ukraine protests: a test for the idea of progress as inevitable

    As protests escalate in Ukraine, they must be seen as a plea to save the West's idea of civic rights as irreversible when once obtained. The West cannot let the regime's violence against peaceful demonstrators go unpunished.

  • How to piece Syria back together

    If direct talks between the Syrian regime and a main opposition group proceed, the goal should be to create a transitional power with legitimacy to hold elections. For now, a vacuum of legitimacy requires foreign pressure for an agreement.

  • Obama's 'forward' push on pot legalization

    President Obama's reasons for allowing states to try marijuana legalization are not fitting for a law enforcer and a parent who knows pot's harmful effects.

  • Born to rule? The pitfalls of political dynasties

    When Barbara Bush complains about dominant political families, she should know. The world must move beyond rule by bloodlines and a belief in inherited traits.

  • What's at stake in the key NSA reform

    Obama kicked the biggest NSA reform question to Congress: Who should store private data collected by the spy agency? Lawmakers must test how much Americans now want to give up individual sovereignty for security.

  • This Martin Luther King Day, a new look at race

    An expert on the history of skin color in societies proposes retiring race as a topic for science research. Her idea echos awareness of the changing notion of race, which may help end racism.

  • Safety from economic shocks

    Along with its upbeat forecast for the global economy, the World Bank also points to those nations finding new security from financial shocks by aligning policies with settled economic principles.

  • How US can help end Syria's war: accept refugees

    Syria's neighbors have been far more generous than the US in temporarily resettling millions of refugees. If the US and Europe can now share this burden, it may influence the war's outcome.

  • Lessons in Gates memoir on civilian-military ties

    The tell-all book by former defense chief Robert Gates reveals how President Obama dealt with a military he distrusted. Other nations, such as Egypt, need such lessons in civilian rule.

  • How Haiti earthquake launched 'digital humanitarianism'

    On the anniversary of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, it is remarkable to see what was learned about 'crisis mapping' from social media during the natural disaster.

  • Heroin moves to the countryside

    Vermont has recognized its heroin epidemic and is preparing a vigorous response.

  • New front in the 'war on poverty'

    On the 50th anniversary of Lyndon B. Johnson's 'war on poverty,' government must beef up efforts to support family stability, beyond financial means.

  • Who can end Iraq's Sunni-Shiite violence?

    Iraq needs prominent Islamic leaders who back democracy to now speak out for democracy's survival. Who better than Grand Ayatollah al-Sistani - despite his reluctance.

  • Double-teaming peace in Israel

    Though Secretary of State John Kerry and Pope Francis are operating independently, together they form a powerful force for peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

  • Look to the Sunshine State

    In 2014 Florida will pass New York to become the third-most-populous state. With smart planning, it can continue to fulfill the dreams of its residents and visitors.

  • The shared economy’s growth spurt

    Governments must find a balance between regulation and fostering entrepreneurship. But is a ‘shared economy’ something more as well?

  • Domesticating drones

    2014 may begin to show drones as useful servants and not just machines of war.

  • Honor the Olympic Truce

    Terrorist bombings in Volgograd, Russia, may have had the Sochi Olympics as their real target. The ideal of the Olympics as a respite from violence must be defended.