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Help Wanted: Must Be Infallible

A job description for the next pope.

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You Don't Know Chuck

Who said it: Sen. Hagel or the Shin Bet?

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Does Hollywood Have a Foreign Policy?

Tinseltown’s biggest films tend to be highly critical of American power, but also reinforce the idea that the rest of the world is a place best avoided.

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The Little Search Engine That Couldn’t

How China’s Communist Party tried to compete with Google, and failed miserably.

Isaac Stone Fish |

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Don't Fear the Migrants

What America really needs to worry about is when they stop coming.

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Speech by Numbers

A quantitative look at the last 12 State of the Union addresses.

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Whoppers of the Union

Fact-checking a decade's worth of the president's big speech.

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What Richard III Can Teach Us Today

The world is grown so bad that wrens make prey where eagles dare not perch. Can Shakespeare’s fallen tyrant help us set it to rights?

John Watkins |

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Doomsday Preppers

At a new center in Cambridge, a philosopher, an astronomer, and a software pioneer are looking for ways to save humanity from itself.

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America’s Game

Why don't other countries like football?

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Marching Through the Monarchies

Two years after the Arab Spring awoke demons and democracy in the Middle East, I went to see whether changes had roiled the lands of royals.

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Beyond Al Qaeda

As Western countries rush into Africa's troubled Sahel region, are we once again forgetting history?

Howard W. French |

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Obama's First Inaugural -- Revised

What if America's new president had told us what would really happen in his first four years?

Daniel W. Drezner |

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Subsidizing Starvation

How American tax dollars are keeping Arkansas rice growers fat on the farm and starving millions of Haitians.

Maura R. O’Connor |

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Where Do Babies Come From?

The geopolitics of adoption after the Kremlin's bizarre ban.

Frank Jacobs |

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The Answer Man

A Washington power-read on John Brennan.

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Eve of Disaster

Why 2013 eerily looks like the world of 1913, on the cusp of the Great War.

Charles Emmerson |

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The Global Linguistic Revolution

The world's fastest growing language is no language at all.

Robert McCrum |

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America's Next Top Diplomat

What the WikiLeaks cables reveal about John Kerry.

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Closed Book

Why won't the Obama administration back a treaty to make reading more accessible for the visually impaired?

Jina Moore |

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Laura Clark |