Rwandan soldiers patrol a village in Cabo Delgado province, Mozambique.

An insurgency allied with the Islamic State has been waging a bloody campaign in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province for almost a decade. After a lull in fighting that lasted most of last year, militants spread southward through the isolated province in late 2023 and early 2024, burning houses, schools and churches as they went.

Andrew MacDonald, Kirsten Dunst, Alex Garland and Allan Reich.

Most commentary about the movie, “Civil War,” focuses on its political realism, or lack thereof, and ignores what it teaches audiences about the role of the media as both observers and participants in conflicts. Here are some things the film gets right and wrong about civil wars and war reporting, based on political science.

Arab Israelis march in a demonstration calling for an end to the war in Gaza.

Since the war in Gaza began, Israel’s Arab population and political leaders have faced censorship and backlash for opposing the war. But at the same time, Arab political parties and their leaders have skillfully managed the situation in order to prevent tensions from escalating between Israel’s Arab and Jewish citizens.