10 Conflicts to Watch in 2017

10-conflicts-in-2017-to-watchFrom Turkey to Mexico, the list of the world’s most volatile flashpoints got a lot more unpredictable this year. By Jean-Marie Guéhenno

Where the War on Terror Lives Forever — Foreign Policy

Uzbekistan’s dictator is dead, but his brutal efforts to crush Islamist extremism leave a long and ugly legacy. And Washington will be left cleaning up the mess.

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The Countries with the Worst Bad Habits — Foreign Policy

Russia poisons its enemies, Germany’s obsessed with fiscal responsibility, and America’s addicted to spreading democracy. A list of policies governments ought to kick.

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How Kim Jong-Un Celebrates a Ballistic Missile Launch, in Photos — Foreign Policy

There’s really only one way North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un could celebrate a successful missile launch: with fireworks and a coordinated dance party, of course.

via How Kim Jong-Un Celebrates a Ballistic Missile Launch, in Photos — Foreign Policy

They Ran to the U.N. for Help. They Got Tear-Gassed Instead. — Foreign Policy

South Sudan’s peacekeepers not only failed to protect civilians during the country’s latest round of violence — it put them in even greater danger.

via They Ran to the U.N. for Help. They Got Tear-Gassed Instead. — Foreign Policy

Colombia’s War Just Ended. A New Wave of Violence Is Beginning. — Foreign Policy

As the country declares peace after five decades of war against the FARC, a scramble for territory and control over the drug trade is emboldening new, anarchic gangs.

via Colombia’s War Just Ended. A New Wave of Violence Is Beginning. — Foreign Policy

Obama to Israel: Our Tax Dollars Won’t Go to Your Defense Contractors — Foreign Policy

Washington and Jerusalem are about to ink a groundbreaking arms package, but it hinges on ending sweetheart deals for Israel’s defense firms.

via Obama to Israel: Our Tax Dollars Won’t Go to Your Defense Contractors — Foreign Policy

The Feds Brought Down the World’s Biggest File-Sharing Site — Foreign Policy

It was back up two days later, showing the futility of keeping the illicit web down.

via The Feds Brought Down the World’s Biggest File-Sharing Site — Foreign Policy

‘Security Is Only As Good As Your Fastest Computer’

China now dominates supercomputing. That matters for U.S. national security.

via ‘Security Is Only As Good As Your Fastest Computer’ — Foreign Policy