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Matt Ford writes for and produces The Atlantic's Global channel.
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Who Watches America's Executions?

August 25, 2014 After Joseph Wood's botched execution in July, journalists and other observers gave us grisly details about the convicted murderer's final moments. One of the reporters even counted the number of Wood's gasps—around 660 in total—as he lay on the gurney before finally dying after nearly two hours. The New York ...

One Hour and 57 Minutes in Arizona

July 25, 2014 Arizona had never tried the two-drug cocktail of midazolam and hydromorphone before it injected an unknown dose into Joseph Wood's veins Wednesday afternoon. Most executions by lethal injection take between 10 and 20 minutes once the drugs are injected, if performed properly. This experimental cocktail took almost two hours to ...

After Crimea, Sweden Flirts With Joining NATO

March 13, 2014 It's a good time to have friends in Eastern Europe. Leaders in the region, who have reacted to Russia's occupation of Crimea by expressing fears that they could be next, are now taking solace in their alliances. "Thanks be to God, we are NATO members," exclaimed Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite ...

Obama Says the 'Window Is Closing' for a Mideast Peace Deal

March 3, 2014 President Obama spoke on Israeli-Palestinian peace, the Iranian nuclear negotiations, and the Syrian civil war in a wide-ranging interview with The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg conducted on Thursday and released on Sunday afternoon. After a global economic depression, the turmoil of the Arab Spring, the U.S. military's withdrawal from Iraq, and ...

The Geopolitics of Winter Olympic Medal Counts

February 10, 2014 If you ask the International Olympic Committee, the Games are a competition "between athletes in individual or team events"—not between countries. But we know better: The outcome of the Olympics has always had implications for national prestige. And no country understands this better than Russia, whose Olympic success has risen ...