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Future of Money – Part 1

Future of Money – Part 1

The development of new financial technologies and their adoption by nation states and private actors is unleashing transformative effects on the international financial system. Though the dollar remains the dominant international currency today, there is contentious debate over whether it can be, or is in the process of being, replaced. While another fiat currency replacing...

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Gaming the State System

Gaming the State System

Miles Thompson of the Iroquois Nationals runs with the ball during a practice and scrimmage against the Ireland team in Commerce City, Colorado, on July 9, 2014. Kent Nishimura/The Denver Post via Getty Images The Tokyo Olympics offered much of the world a needed reprieve after 18 months of pandemic loss. Now, some fans are...

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Nothing But Pitch Black Darkness

Nothing But Pitch Black Darkness

Foreign Policy Illustration/Reuters By 2002, Ahmed Rabbani, a 33-year-old taxi driver in Karachi had fallen on hard times. A Rohingya born and brought up in Mecca, he attended school while working alongside his father. Even though he had been born on holy terrain—the very birthplace of the prophet Muhammad—and later lived in Medina, where the...

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Aux Armes, Citoyen·nes!

Aux Armes, Citoyen·nes!

In early May, France’s education minister, Jean-Michel Blanquer, announced a ban on the use in schools of an increasingly common—and contested—writing method designed to make the French language more gender-inclusive. Specifically, Blanquer’s decree focuses on the final letter “e,” which is used to feminize words in French—étudiant, for example, becomes étudiante when referring to a...

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The Lab Leak Theory Doesn’t Hold Up

The Lab Leak Theory Doesn’t Hold Up

Behind every pandemic is a tale of its murky origin. When HIV/AIDS emerged in the 1980s, it was alleged, with a little Soviet help, that the virus had been developed in an American lab. Between Washington’s inaction on the epidemic and its sordid past of shady experiments, proponents said the theory couldn’t be dismissed out...

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It’s the Roads, Stupid

It’s the Roads, Stupid

A truck carrying charcoal and other products clears a checkpoint on the road from Matadi to Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, on Nov. 10, 2018. JUNIOR D. KANNAH/AFP via Getty Images Control over people, territory, or natural resources is not the main pivot of civil wars. Groundbreaking new research reveals that, instead, it’s control...