War and Conflict Articles

U.S. door gunners in H-21 Shawnee gunships look for a suspected Viet Cong guerrilla who ran to a foxhole from the sampan on the Mekong Delta river bank, Jan. 17, 1964 (AP photo by Horst Faas).
Strategic Horizons

For Hint of Iraq’s Future, Take Another Look at Vietnam War

By Steven Metz
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Although it was common to hear ominous warnings of “another Vietnam” as Iraq devolved into insurgency in 2004, many soon concluded that the Vietnam analogy did not apply to Iraq. But Iraq’s unraveling over the past year suggests the Vietnam conflict may provide indications of Iraq’s future after all. more


Diplomatic Fallout

Can Putin Rebrand Russia as Stabilizing Force in Ukraine, Syria?

By Richard Gowan
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Vladimir Putin looked a little isolated on May 9, when world leaders largely stayed away from Moscow’s parade commemorating the end of World War II. But since then, Angela Merkel has gone to Moscow for talks, and John Kerry has visited Putin in Sochi. Putin may not be globally popular, but he is no pariah. more

World Citizen

Camp David Summit Is U.S. Debut for Rising Saudi Prince

By Frida Ghitis
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Among the many challenges facing President Barack Obama and U.S. officials meeting with Gulf Arab leaders this week, one has abruptly climbed to near the top of the agenda: taking the measure of the rising star of the Saudi firmament, King Salman’s son Prince Mohammed bin Salman. more

Global Dispatches Podcast

Burundi on a Knife’s Edge

By The Editors
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Burundi’s political crisis deepened Wednesday with a general launching a coup attempt against President Pierre Nkurunziza. World Politics Review partnered with the Global Dispatches podcast to produce an interview with WPR contributor Jonathan W. Rosen on the situation in the East African country.

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Defining Defense: Japan’s Military Identity Crisis

By Sheila A. Smith
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has implemented a rapid succession of security reforms meant to respond to Northeast Asia’s changing threat environment. Yet the Japanese public remains skeptical and cautious when it comes to lifting the post-WWII constitution’s limits on the use of the military. more

Diplomatic Fallout

Marginalized U.N. Fights for Humanitarian Agenda in Middle East

By Richard Gowan
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Last week, the United Nations was thrust back into the center of crisis management in the Arab world. But while a new round of Syria talks and calls for greater involvement in Libya and Yemen imply the U.N. is still a central player in Middle East crises, the reality may turn out to prove the reverse. more

Global Insider

Syria Crisis Raising Tensions Among Kurdish Factions

By The Editors
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The Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party have exchanged harsh words recently over who has control over the city of Sinjar in northern Iraq. In an interview, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies’ Jordi Tejel discussed intra-Kurdish tensions. more

Global Insider

Internal Security Concerns Keep Pakistan Out of Yemen Coalition

By The Editors
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Last week, Pakistan agreed to send ships to help enforce an arms embargo against Houthi rebels in Yemen, but declined to send aircraft or troops to participate in the Saudi-led coalition there. In an interview, Ayesha Siddiqa, an independent security analyst, discussed Pakistan’s military capabilities. more