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September/October 2013

In 2016, after twenty-five years in existence and the expenditure of more than $2 billion, the UN’s International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) will close with a few trials and many errors to its credit in its long pursuit of justice for the victims of the atrocities committed during Yugoslavia’s disintegration in the 1990s. In “Trials and Tribulations,” Gordon Bardos notes that by the time the court shuts its doors, it will have existed “six times longer than the Nuremberg trials and more than eight times longer than the Tokyo tribunal.” His disturbing account shows the tribunal as discriminatory, arbitrary, partial, hypocritical, and embarrassingly ineffective, if not counterproductive. ... Read More

Pope Francis’s Return to Basics

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Justice Squandered in Cambodia

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Armenia’s Not So Frozen War

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Central Europe’s Velvet Power

Having shaken off the Soviet yoke, the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, and Slovakia have made significant political and economic progress. Now can they make their mark in the EU?

Cyber Kleptomaniacs

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‘Democracy’ Spin in Georgia

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Getting Congo Right

After two decades of incoherent policies, millions have died in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo. Can a new Western-organized counterinsurgency force really bring resolution?

The Coming Water Wars

Forget global warming and peak oil—the looming wars of this century will be fought over water, that indispensable resource that democracies typically share but strongmen use as a weapon.