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AUG 28, 2014

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Germs Go Back to School, Too

With kids working and playing in close contact and sharing supplies and equipment, schools can be hotbeds for infection. Each year, U.S. children miss about 60 million school days due to colds and the flu combined. These five ideas can help children avoid spreading germs and getting sick. Read more »

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with his Ukrainian counterpart, Petro Poroshenko, in Minsk, August 26, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with his Ukrainian counterpart, Petro Poroshenko, in Minsk, August 26, 2014. Photo by Sergei Bondarenko/Kazakh Presidential Office/Pool/Reuters

A Diplomatic Solution for Ukraine?

Russian forces have reportedly entered Ukraine, escalating the war between separatists and forces loyal to Kiev. Meanwhile, leaders from both nations are discussing a deal in Belarus. The talks currently exclude the E.U. and the U.S., but the West has options to gain leverage if Moscow proves unwilling to reach a fair settlement. Read more »

Members of the U.N. Security Council vote on a resolution about the ongoing crisis in Iraq at U.N. headquarters in New York

Members of the U.N. Security Council vote on a resolution about the ongoing crisis in Iraq at U.N. headquarters in New York. Photo by Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Foreign Fighters Are a Global Threat

The U.S. can't extinguish the threat of foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria alone. That calls for years of broad international cooperation on law enforcement and intelligence sharing, writes Christopher S. Chivvis. Next month's U.N. Security Council meeting, hosted by President Obama, is a good place to start. Read more »

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Ensuring Access to Effective Teachers

Next spring, U.S. states must submit plans to ensure access to strong teachers for low-income and minority kids. To help, federal officials will share differences in teacher licensure and years of experience among high- and low-poverty schools. But according to researchers, the focus should instead be teachers' effects on student outcomes. Read more »

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Mending the Marriage Between Universities and the Military

The Department of Defense invests a significant amount in executive education seminars for military professionals at elite U.S. universities. But, says Paula Thornhill, participation in such programs can create the false impression that attendees possess scholarly expertise in national security policy. Read more »

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Meeting the Caregivers Challenge

There are 5.5 million military caregivers and more than 15 million dementia caregivers in the U.S. who provide crucial assistance to servicemembers, veterans, and older adults. Both groups shoulder heavy burdens. But addressing the financial and non-financial costs of caregiving could help. Read more »

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