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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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Longform's Picks of the Week

The best stories from around the world.

Laura Clark |

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America's Next Top Diplomat

What the WikiLeaks cables reveal about John Kerry.

J. Dana Stuster |

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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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Longform's Picks of the Week

The best stories from around the world.

Laura Clark |

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Insane Clown Posse

Television comedian-cum-populist Beppe Grillo is the hottest thing in Italian politics. But is his new opposition party funny or dangerous?

Gianni Riotta |

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Assad's War on the Red Crescent

Aid workers are caught in the crossfire of Syria's bloody revolt.

David Kenner |

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The best stories from around the world.

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |

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Ultimate Sacrifice

What's the difference between self-immolators and suicide bombers?

Michael Biggs |

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The best stories from around the world.

Laura Clark |

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Launch Your Own Gaza War

Help us field-test 'A Reign of Missiles.'

Michael Peck |

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Twice As Rice

Who said it: Condoleezza or Susan?

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |

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The Global Thinkers' Book Club

From psychology to biography, economics to tech, see what some of the world’s top minds are reading.

Lois Farrow Parshley |

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What Our Thinkers Think -- and Write

Twenty must-read books written by experts from this year's list.

Passport Administrator |

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The 'Grexits' of 2013

The four geopolitical buzzwords that could be just around the corner.

Ian Bremmer |

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The Wisdom of the Smart Crowd

We asked the 2012 Global Thinkers to weigh in on the big questions of the year. Here’s what they had to say…

Lois Farrow Parshley |

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The Cult of Massoud

How Afghanistan’s Che Guevara still haunts Hamid Karzai.

James Verini |

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Kim Jong Un's Baby Mama

Ri Sol Ju, North Korea's enigmatic new first lady, is already turning heads and making headlines.

Michael Madden |

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Homeland Insecurity

The new Red Dawn movie is really just a throwback to the ‘80s ... the 1880s.

Joshua E. Keating |

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Hell Week

What Pentagon insiders think about the Petraeus scandal.

Gordon Lubold |

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Longform's Picks of the Week

The best stories from around the world.

Lois Farrow Parshley |

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Egyptian Idol

The Salafi threat to blow up the pyramids is nothing new: Egypt's ambivalence toward its past dates back centuries.

Ian Straughn |

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The World Is Not Enough

Why does the planet's No. 1 spy never go to the really dangerous places?

Frank Jacobs |

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Draft Dodgers

The little Gmail trick that David Petraeus and Paula Broadwell used to communicate is actually old spycraft.

Jeff Stein |

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Covert Affairs

A short history of spies and their sex scandals.

Jeff Stein |

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Longform's Picks of the Week

The best stories from around the world.

Laura Clark |

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Lessons From a Forgotten War

How America’s first foray into the modern Arab world can help solve its current entanglements.

Robert Satloff |

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Coming to America

China wants to buy its way onto your TV screen. Will it work? 

Alex Pasternack |