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  • An antidote to IS recruitment of women

    The Islamic State's recruitment of women draws big attention. But less noticed and more important are efforts in Islamic countries to raise the level of women as spiritual guides – able to prevent young women (and men) from joining radical groups.

  • The US and a spiral of cyberfear

    In a newly revealed strategy, the Pentagon poses the threat of a digital counterattack on those who launch a cyberattack on the US. This offensive capability, however, might trigger a cyber arms race. Is the US fear well founded to justify a possible escalation of fear?

  • With end of Syria war in sight, so must be a postwar plan

    The US and other nations have stepped up their military role in Syria as the Assad regime weakens. But they must not repeat the mistake made in Iraq and Afghanistan and hold low expectations for postwar reconstruction. Muslim societies can be democratic.

  • Reimagining Africa as innovator

    In preparing a visit to Africa, President Obama hopes to bring US investment in technology. Yet he may find Africa already on its way to indigenous innovation.

  • Keeping critical mass against nuclear weapons

    Almost every country is at a conference to affirm a central plank of world order, the 1970 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Even with modest progress to implement the pact, a moral imperative against nuclear weapons is maintained. 

  • Fifty years on, practical lessons from German-Israeli friendship

    On the 50th anniversary of their diplomatic ties, Israel and Germany offer a model for others in reconciling after a dismal past like the Holocaust.

  • Bearing and sharing the burden of asylum seekers

    Only a few countries in the European Union accept the bulk of asylum seekers who make it across the Mediterranean. Sharing the burden would help alleviate the current migrant crisis.

  • A British way for countries in divorce

    Last week’s UK election was not only a win for Conservatives but for the gentler, more persuasive approach by the Scottish Nationalist Party, which won big in Scotland. Now Britain must continue its peaceful model of settling disputes over disunion.

  • Why the Yemen war may be different

    In a step toward moral law in Middle Eastern conflicts, the US persuades Saudi Arabia to propose a ‘humanitarian pause’ in Yemen’s war to allow aid to reach civilians. This may set a pattern for the region’s wars.

  • A women's peace walk across the Koreas

    A group of international women, including Nobel Peace Prize winners, plan to walk between North and South Korea in hopes the two nations will sign a peace pact. Their efforts reflect a rise in women as conflict mediators.

  • Britain's identity-forming election

    Two lesser parties in the May 7 election are doing well enough to challenge Britain’s unity and its bonds with Europe. Voters must remember how peace and security were achieved by a comity of common values. 

  • Afghanistan's trial against fear

    Unusual public concern over the mob murder of a woman has forced a televised trial that includes police among the accused. Afghan society may be at a turning point for women’s rights and rule of law.

  • Ordering up stability for the Mideast

    As President Obama works with both theocratic Iran and Arab monarchies, he must help the Middle East agree to a moral order based on respect for the dignity of the nation state.

  • Executive pay, company performance: Always a link?

    A proposed federal rule would require companies to compare executive pay to their bottom line. While this transparency might help shareholders, would it track intrinsic motives of those running a company?

  • Clean hands for elected judges

    A Supreme Court ruling upholds a ban on judicial candidate asking directly for campaign donations in state elections. While such a ban restricts free speech, the constitutional need is for judges to remain principled and impartial.

  • For Baltimore post-riots, a role for clergy

    During Monday's riots in Baltimore, more than a dozen clergy members helped end the violence. Police have only begun to work with faith-based institutions, which can also help reform the police.

  • Social media's big lift after Nepal earthquake

    Instant communication through Google, Twitter, and Facebook allowed people in Nepal to help survivors of the earthquake in ways government could not. The Digital Age is turning victimhood into instant neighborhoods.

  • Take fearmongering out of US politics

    As presidential campaigns for the 2016 election start to demonize candidates, a study finds a sharp rise in American voters disliking those in opposing camps. This coarsening of society can end if politics stop relying on 'negative partisanship.'

  • Armenia's best use of a genocide's anniversary

    The dominant church in Armenia has used the 100th anniversary of the 1915-23 genocide to honor the victims in hopes this act of love will liberate Armenians from hatred toward the Turks. The canonization is one sign of both sides inching toward reconciliation.

  • A Moroccan fix to Europe's migrant crisis

    Once harshly criticized for its mistreatment of African migrants, Morocco has changed its view and now lays down a well-regulated welcome mat. If Europe did more of the same, fewer migrants would risk dangerous sea journeys with smugglers.

 
 
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