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Uri Friedman

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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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...

The Global Conflicts to Watch in 2014

January 2, 2014 As South Sudan, the world's newest country, veers dangerously close to ethnic civil war, we're already getting a glimpse of the international crises that could greet us in the new year. Now the Center for Preventive Action, an affiliate of the Council on Foreign Relations, has presented a more comprehensive...

Behold: The World's First Digitally Signed International Agreement

December 23, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A diplomatic milestone got lost in the shuffle last week: On Tuesday, December 10, Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip and Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen sat down at their respective desks in Tallinn and Helsinki and concluded what they claim is the world's first digitally signed international agreement. The leaders,...

John McCain Thinks John Kerry Is a 'Human Wrecking Ball'

November 15, 2013 As the Obama administration scrambles to hammer out an interim nuclear deal with Iran, John McCain had harsh words for his "friend" and former Senate colleague John Kerry. "This guy has been a human wrecking ball," the Arizona senator said on Thursday in an interview with Jeffrey Goldberg at the...

Susan Rice: 'Premature to Judge' Outcome of Iran Talks

November 13, 2013 On Wednesday, Benjamin Netanyahu issued a warning to the international community. A bad deal on Iran's nuclear program, the Israeli prime minister cautioned in an address to the Israeli parliament, could lead to war. As U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice sees it, however, the Israeli leader is getting ahead...