How a blunt diplomatic tool morphed into the precision-guided measures we know today.
Do Muslim Americans embody the Protestant work ethic better than their Protestant counterparts?
Can this tiny, rich emirate really solve the Middle East's thorniest political conflicts?
Six of the world's most notable "war hotels," in the words of journalists who spent time cooped up in them.
Welcome to the Serena Hotels, outposts of multi-star luxury in countries with zero-star conditions.
Chronicling Israel and Palestine's path to becoming a catchphrase.
A century and a half of an idea whose time has never come.
The world's unhappiest and most content are on the move. What about those stuck in the middle?
What does a Moscow billionaire take on vacation?
The Rainbow Nation has finally arrived on the world stage -- but did its conscience stay at home?
10 events and trends that were overlooked this year, but may be leading the headlines in 2012.
It may be hard to remember now, but America's current president first distinguished himself as an anti-war candidate, winning a Nobel Peace Prize after only a few months on the job. But as president, Barack Obama has more often than not played the tough guy.
A BlackBerry knockoff, a pocket knife, and salt to throw in the eyes of bad guys.
"Seattle has Bill," Thomas Friedman once wrote. "Bangalore has Nandan." The co-founder of Infosys -- the Indian company that made "outsourcing" a household word -- famously gave Friedman the central conceit for The World Is Flat when he said that global commerce's "playing field is being leveled" by communications technology. Now tasked with providing digital IDs to 1.2 billion Indians, Nandan Nilekani is trying to finish the job he started in the private sector: bringing a country that never entirely left the 19th century all the way into the 21st.
The West can (and should) stop dumping its hand-me-downs on the developing world.
A dissident reports from the ruins of the daddy state, where Papá Fidel is now just the patient-in-chief.
How ancient Greek amusements became an indispensable 21st-century military tool.