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Uri Friedman is a senior associate editor at The Atlantic, where he oversees the Global Channel. He was previously the deputy managing editor at Foreign Policy and a staff writer for The Atlantic Wire.
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Here's One American-Russian 24-Point Plan to Solve Ukraine

August 26, 2014 Vladimir Putin may be meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko for peace talks in Belarus on Tuesday, but the conflict between the two countries, and more broadly between Russia and the West, is in fact escalating, with Russia most recently sending aid convoys and apparent military equipment and armored ...

Taking the Long View on Iraq

June 30, 2014 The Obama administration, it seems, now has a strategy for addressing the spiraling crises in Syria and Iraq. It will spend $500 million on training and arming vetted Syrian rebels. It will push for the removal of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. It will mobilize military assets to prepare for ...

Why There Are So Few POWs From Today's Wars

June 2, 2014 Bowe Bergdahl, the last captive American soldier from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, was freed Saturday in exchange for five Taliban prisoners. The 28-year old sergeant was initially transferred to a base in Afghanistan to undergo a medical evaluation, and should be reunited with his family soon. He is ...

Why There Are So Few POWs From Today's Wars

June 1, 2014 Bowe Bergdahl, the last captive American soldier from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, was freed Saturday in exchange for five Taliban prisoners. The 28-year old sergeant was initially transferred to a base in Afghanistan to undergo a medical evaluation, and should be reunited with his family soon. He is ...

Can Cell Phones Stop Crime in the World's Murder Capitals?

May 8, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow GUATEMALA CITY—In the last three months, Guatemala has witnessed 356 homicides, 202 armed attacks, 44 illegal drug sales, 11 kidnappings, and six cases of "extortion by cell phone." These numbers come courtesy not of Guatemalan law-enforcement but ofAlertos.org, a new platform that recruits citizens to report crimes. And they've enlisted ...

Sweden: The New Laboratory for a Six-Hour Work Day

April 10, 2014 Corn-flake capitalism has come to Sweden. In 1930, in the throes of the Great Depression, cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg decided to conduct an experiment. He replaced the three daily eight-hour shifts at his plant in Battle Creek, Michigan with four six-hour shifts. The results? The company hired hundreds of new ...

The Newfound Political Power of Afghan Youth

April 7, 2014 On Saturday, amid the cold and rain, an estimated 7 million Afghans headed to the polls to choose from a roster of presidential candidates whose average age is 63. This in a country where 68 percent of the population is under the age of 25—where seven in 10 people were ...

The Arctic: Where the U.S. and Russia Could Square Off Next

March 30, 2014 In mid-March, around the same time that Russia annexed Crimea, Russian officials announced another territorial coup: 52,000 square kilometers in the Sea of Okhotsk, a splotch of Pacific Ocean known as the "Peanut Hole" and believed to be rich in oil and gas. A U.N. commission had recognized the maritime ...

Bill Gates: 'The Idea That Innovation Is Slowing Down Is ... Stupid'

March 13, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Bill Gates is aware that there's a lot of gridlock in Washington. He's just not sure it matters all that much for innovation. "There's a lot of innovation that isn't dependent on Washington doing anything," the billionaire philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder said in a conversation with Atlantic Editor-in-Chief James Bennet ...

The Strategy Behind Russia's Takeover of Crimea

March 3, 2014 It seemed like a classic example of euphemistic bureaucrat-speak when, on Friday, U.S. officials referred to the deployment of Russian troops in Crimea as an "uncontested arrival" rather than an invasion. But terminology matters here. Take the word "uncontested": The southern peninsula of Crimea, which the Soviet Union transferred to ...