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Editorial fellow at The Atlantic Annabelle Timsit is an editorial fellow at The Atlantic.
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Beijing Tells South China Sea Command: Prepare for War

October 29, 2018 This week Chinese president Xi Jinping ordered the Southern Theatre Command, responsible for monitoring the South China Sea and Taiwan, to boost its military capabilities to prepare for a possible conflict, according to a Hong Kong newspaper. During a visit to the region on Thursday (Oct. 25), Xi said it...

How to Learn Absolutely Anything, According to a World Expert

September 5, 2018 It’s easy to get discouraged when we’re trying to learn a difficult new subject. But according to the creator of one of the world’s most successful online courses, almost anyone can learn anything—with the right technique. Barbara Oakley, an engineering professor at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, is the creator...

The Most Shocking Abuse Allegations Against Shelters For Immigrant Children

June 21, 2018 Separating the children of immigrants from their parents under the Trump administration’s now-rescinded “zero tolerance” policy was devastating in its own right. But one of the most horrific consequences of the policy is that it’s put those children into the care of government-funded shelters accused of neglect and child abuse....

What Happened at the Thailand 'Black Site' Run By Trump's CIA Pick

March 14, 2018 As soon as Gina Haspel got the nomination to become CIA director, America’s debate over the use of torture came roaring back. The country has intermittently reckoned with the legacy of the Bush-era programs that sanctioned the disappearance and torture of terrorism suspects—recently, for instance, when then-candidate Trump declared in...

Global Conflicts to Watch in 2018

December 12, 2017 As conflicts ignite and burn and flicker out around the world, U.S. officials assess the dangers they represent back home. Not all of these conflicts directly threaten American interests, which is why the Council on Foreign Relations conducts an annual survey to help U.S. leaders prioritize threats in the year...