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Krishnadev Calamur

Krishnadev Calamur is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where he oversees news coverage. He is a former editor and reporter at NPR and the author of Murder in Mumbai.
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The U.S. System for ‘Skilled’ Migrants Is Broken

May 17, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Tamsyn Mahoney-Steel took a winding path to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. She began by studying politics and philosophy in her native Britain, then trained as a singer, before getting a doctoral degree in medieval music and literature. Working with centuries-old French lyrics exposed her to systems that help digitally...

The Many Ways Iran Could Target the United States

May 7, 2019 “The United States is not seeking war with the Iranian regime,” National Security Adviser John Bolton said in a Sunday-night statement announcing that U.S. warships were headed to the Middle East. But “any attack on United States interests or those of our allies will be met with unrelenting force.” In...

The Real Illegal Immigration Crisis Isn’t on the Southern Border

April 19, 2019 If curbing illegal immigration is the goal, as politicians in the United States and Europe argue, then no wall or border fence will stop the West’s largest source of such immigrants. They are not the subject of televised debates or of long stories highlighting their plight. Many are invisible, making...

No One Wants to Help Bashar al-Assad Rebuild Syria

March 17, 2019 When the Syrian conflict began, in March 2011, Bashar al-Assad seemed likely to be ousted, like other strongmen swept away by the Arab Spring. Eight years later, Assad is still president, but of a fractured, demolished country. Now one big question is: Who will pay to rebuild Syria? The bill...

This ISIS Citizenship Case Could Set a Terrifying Precedent

February 27, 2019 Hoda Muthana’s story is not unlike that of other children of immigrants. She was born in New Jersey and raised in Alabama, where she was studying for a business degree. Her father described her as religious, but worried that she might be surreptitiously talking to boys. That’s why few would...

The Afghan Government Is Missing From Afghanistan's Peace Process

February 12, 2019 Can a peace process work if it excludes the government of the country in conflict? We may be finding out. At present, there are two distinct efforts under way to bring peace in Afghanistan: In one, Zalmay Khalilzad, the State Department’s special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation, has held several discussions...

The Afghan Government Is Missing From Afghanistan's Peace Process

February 12, 2019 Can a peace process work if it excludes the government of the country in conflict? We may be finding out. At present, there are two distinct efforts under way to bring peace in Afghanistan: In one, Zalmay Khalilzad, the State Department’s special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation, has held several discussions...

Analysis: $5 Billion Could Buy a Lot of Border Security

January 11, 2019 As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump pledged to reduce illegal immigration from Central America, and since taking office he has paired that vow with professed concerns about not just the flow of asylum seekers into the United States, but the smuggling of drugs and the potential entry of terrorists, too....

Four People Who Could Be the Next Defense Secretary

December 21, 2018 Rumors about James Mattis’s impending departure as President Donald Trump’s defense secretary have swirled for months. On Thursday, those rumors became reality. Whoever succeeds Mattis—who resigned in protest over the president’s military policy—will face the same challenges as the outgoing defense secretary: an impetuous president, fraying alliances, and rising dangers...

Trump Wanted Out of Syria. It’s Finally Happening.

December 19, 2018 President Donald Trump is finally getting his way in Syria. Vehemently opposed to the extended presence of American troops in the war-ravaged country, he had been forced to keep them there longer than he wanted. Not, it seems, anymore. “We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being...