In Other Words
What Shakespeare, Lincoln, and "Lone Survivor" teach us about the danger of refusing to confront futility in war.
After decades of censorship, Burma's filmmakers probe their country's dark past.
A Syrian-American writer finds her voice, with help from Libya's most famous novelist.
A guide to the most critical readings on Afghanistan, Pakistan, al-Qaeda, and U.S. counterterrorism.
A TV thriller taps into Israel's collective subconscious.
Homeland and the Israeli show that inspired it aren't the only thrillers that tackle their countries' deepest national security concerns. Here are five other programs that tap into national psyches.
In Putin's Russia, it's the spies that are handing out the awards for the year's best movies.
Even the Soviet Union eventually acknowledged Stalin's Great Famine. Why does China still hide evidence of its own mass starvation under Mao?
The son of a Red Army intelligence officer sent to die in a Siberian gulag discovers his father's KGB file, and a cottage industry of children-of-spies memoirs.
You should see what even first graders have to read in Saudi Arabia.
The Green Book is gone, but what will replace it?
(And Roberto Bolaño and Tomás Eloy Martínez.)
(*And Chekhov and Dostoyevsky.) The case for (re)reading Russia's greatest literary classics.
A son's tale of a death ripped from the headlines -- and the novel that foretold it.
From Vietnam to Pakistan, writers have long turned to fiction to make sense of the news, often yielding uncanny portraits of real-life war, revolution, and cultural change. Here, Foreign Policy offers a sampler of novels that could have been straight out of the newspapers -- and sometimes even made them.
A tumultuous year, told through the scrawls and murals of the people living through it.
The new biography of the man who really transformed China is the most complete and ambitious ever. But does it leave out some black spots?