Welcome to the Third Intifada

After Gaza, Palestine's Uprising Will Spread to the West Bank

Khaled Elgindy
A Palestinian protester at a protest at Qalandia checkpoint near the West Bank city of Ramallah on July 24, 2014.
A Palestinian protester at a protest at Qalandia checkpoint near the West Bank city of Ramallah on July 24, 2014. (Courtesy Reuters)
For Israeli policymakers, another war against Gaza was preferable to a conflict in the whole of the West Bank. Contrary to what they hoped, however, the present war has made a third intifada more, not less, likely.

Libya on the Brink

Jason Pack
The violence tearing apart Libya might appear to be an ideological struggle. In fact, it is an economic competition between two rival criminal networks.

An Unnecessary Plague

Jessica Hatcher
What’s particularly disturbing about the latest Ebola outbreak is that the United States has recently developed treatments for the disease. But, despite lobbying from scientists, the drugs have not been put to the test.
Capsule Review

Today's Book: DDT and the American Century

Richard N. Cooper
Kinkela presents DDT as a useful product with undesirable long-term ecological effects, requiring careful judgment about when to use it. The U.S. chemical industry, in contrast, comes off badly.
A demonstrator outside the Israeli Embassy in London, July 26, 2014.
Dalia Dassa Kaye

The longer the conflict in Gaza continues, the harder it will be to insulate the negotiations from other events in the region -- and that does not bode well for a successful outcome.

The ink-stained finger of an Iraqi soldier, April 13, 2013.
Erica De Bruin

The problem of how to improve Iraqi military capacity without undermining civilian control won’t go away when Maliki leaves office. It will persist until norms of democratic and civilian rule become entrenched in Iraq -- a process that could take decades, if not longer.

A Dutch flag hangs at half-mast as a sign of respect for those killed in the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, July 19, 2014
Mitchell A. Orenstein

Out to earn a dollar on the Russian natural resource trade, European nations such as the Netherlands have long kept smiling as the Kremlin has continued to humiliate them. But now the airline disaster, combined with Moscow’s attempts to cover up its role in the tragedy, will likely force Europe to get real about its eastern neighbor.

Israeli tanks outside the northern Gaza Strip, July 18, 2014.
Ariel Ilan Roth

Israel's tactical achievements against Hamas can't be minimized. But they do not equal a strategic victory. War, as Clausewitz famously taught, is the continuation of politics by other means. Wars are fought to realign politics in a way that benefits the victor and is detrimental to the loser. But the Israelis have lost sight of this distinction.

Martin Welz and Angela Meyer

The history of the Central African Republic over the past 20 years is linked to a dizzying number of peacekeeping acronyms. The latest mission, to be led by the UN, seems fated to repeat mistakes of its predecessors.

Letter From
Hooman Majd

Vienna's opulent Palais Coburg was originally designed as a palace for Austria’s former Habsburg dynasty. But amid the tense negotiating sessions over the future of Iran's nuclear program, it could sometimes feel more like a prison -- for diplomats and journalists alike.