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New Connections, New Contributions at the Smithsonian

Jul 20, 2009
As the Smithsonian Institution enters a globalizing technological era, so must its mission expand its focus. At a Director's Forum at the Wilson Center, Secretary Wayne Clough laid out three global challenges that the Smithsonian plans to address: science, particularly global warming and biodiversity; education; and issues of national identity.

What Should We Do About Beef From The Amazon?

Jul 20, 2009
Soy, biofuels, all the other commodities you may have heard linked to Amazon deforestation — they are as nothing compared to beef. There are good reasons why ranching thrives in the Amazon: land is free or cheap in most of it, cattle need minimal care, and they can walk to market.

Tread Lightly With Pakistan's <i>Lashkars</i>

Jul 16, 2009
As Pakistan's army prepares for an assault on the tribal area of South Waziristan, Islamabad may be looking to strengthen its links with tribal militias, or lashkars. This would be a mistake, writes the Asia Program's Michael Kugelman. He explains why close associations with lashkars pose grave risks.