Fun Stuff

Interview

You Must First Invent the Universe

A conversation with legendary video game developer Sid Meier about the worlds he’s made, the people who have played in them, and how his Civilization resembles reality.

Michael Peck |

Argument

Two Chief Petty Officers Walk Into a Bar...

America used to love laughing at the military. When did it become so taboo?

Stephen M. Walt |

COLUMN

Benghazi Is a Flat Circle

After the McConnaissance, the Grahamsformation.

Matt Bors |

Argument

The Anderson Doctrine

Director Wes Anderson is waging a twee war on imperialism and the dictatorship of the bourgeoisie.

Jake Scobey-Thal |

COLUMN

The Battle for Lviv

I invaded Ukraine, and it ended in stalemate. Maybe someone should tell Putin.

Michael Peck |

Tea Leaf Nation

The Big Bang Theory in Little China

There's a demographic reason why fictitious nerds from CalTech have charmed millions of Chinese viewers.

Liz Carter |

Tea Leaf Nation

The Awkward Twitter Adolescence of China’s Largest State News Agency

With these awesome tweets, how can @TigerWoods and @JustinBieber not be following Xinhua?

Liz Carter |

The List

Last-Minute Gifts for Wonks

FP's shopping guide for would-be statesmen & Snowdens.

FP Staff |

Interview

A Fictional North Korean Detective Explains Kim Jong Un's Purge

Wherein your inteprid correspondent speaks with the made-up avatar of an ex-CIA official, for insight. 

Isaac Stone Fish |

Tea Leaf Nation

Benedict Cumberbatch Is a Gay Erotic God in China

Why is the Chinese Internet obsessed with writing gay Sherlock Holmes fanfiction?

Liz Carter |

Feature

Africa Rising?

The race to build the continent's tallest building is on … finally.

Simon Allison |

Argument

We Are All Eurotrash Now

From Miley Cyrus to Arcade Fire, how the disco beats of Berlin conquered the world.

Jon Natchez |

Feature

Longform's Picks of the Week

The best stories from around the world.

Katelyn Fossett |

Feature

The Seven Deadly Sins of Foreign Policy

Lust, sloth, and wrath are even worse when states do them -- right, Machiavelli?

Stephanie Carvin |

Slide Show

The World’s Spookiest Places

Haunted houses, creepy castles … and the island of dolls.

Hanna Kozlowska |

Putinology

Not Exactly the Land of Smiles

As they gear up for the 2014 Winter Olympics, young Russians find themselves exercising some little-used facial muscles.

Anna Nemtsova |

Feature

One Starship to Rule Them All

What can we learn from the ultimate sci-fi geek chart of warships?

Michael Peck |

Feature

What Can You Buy for $24 Billion?

Here's what the U.S. government shutdown cost.

J. Dana Stuster |

Feature

The Empire Shuts Down

Helpful hints on what to do when The Force gets furloughed.

Michael Peck |

Tea Leaf Nation

Meet China's Beverly Hillbillies

The absurdity of the Middle Kingdom's Bentley-driving, blinged-out nouveau riche.

Rachel Lu |

Interview

The Name's Bond, Larry Bond

Meet the man who inspired Tom Clancy and The Hunt for Red October.

Michael Peck |

Feature

The Snaxis of Evil

A journey with food writer Mark Bittman into the bellies of America's enemies.

Justin Rohrlich |

The List

The FP Twitterati 100

A who's who of the foreign-policy Twitterverse in 2013.

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |

The List

Klout

Forget money, forget politics. Which global leader really rules the Twitterverse?

Marya Hannun |

Slide Show

Red-Hot China

People, pigs, and pandas try to beat a sweltering summer.

Slide Show |

Daniel Altman

Larry Summers, Anger Translator

Is this who you want after Ben Bernanke?

Daniel Altman |

Daniel Altman

Winter Is Coming ... to the World Cup

Can switching up seasons save the 2022 tournament in Qatar?

Daniel Altman |

Dispatch

It's a … Boy, Is This Insufferable

Why there's absolutely no reason you should care about the royal baby, unless you're British. And even then, probably not.

Alex Massie |

Feature

The Idiot’s Guide to Snooping on Europe

What NSA spooks need to know about the world’s least sexy spy post, from A to Z.

Gareth Harding |

Argument

Navy Responds to Crunch Scandal

Confirms that 'captain' is an imposter.

Michael Peck |