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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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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...

Democrats Challenge Trump Over Vietnam Deportations

December 13, 2018 Opposition is building against a Trump-administration plan to allow certain groups of protected Vietnamese immigrants to be deported, a day after The Atlantic reported that the U.S. is reinterpreting an agreement with Vietnam that shielded some of them from being moved out of the country. In the latest sign of...

Trump Moves to Deport Vietnam War Refugees

December 12, 2018 The Trump administration is resuming its efforts to deport certain protected Vietnamese immigrants who have lived in the United States for decades—many of them having fled the country during the Vietnam War. This is the latest move in the president’s long record of prioritizing harsh immigration and asylum restrictions, and...

The Saudi Ambassador is Back in D.C. Will Anyone Talk to Him?

December 6, 2018 The Saudi ambassador to the United States may have quietly returned to Washington, but he’s going to have some trouble getting meetings on Capitol Hill. Prince Khalid bin Salman’s return Wednesday, which was confirmed by a Saudi-embassy spokesperson, came a little more than a month after he quietly left the...