History Lesson

Argument

Osama's Oil Obsession

Al Qaeda wants to hit Americans where it hurts: in their gas tanks.

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross |

Argument

Is Ahmadinejad Islamic Enough for Iran?

Why the Iranian president's latest fight with the supreme leader could be his last.

Abbas Milani |

Feature

Syriana

After Bashar al-Assad, the deluge.

Robert D. Kaplan |

Argument

America Has Beaten Qaddafi Before

I know, because I helped supply the weapons.

Charles Duelfer |

Feature

Why We Can't Rule Out an Egyptian Reign of Terror

A historian's look at revolution and its discontents.

David A. Bell |

Backstory

What Would Marx Say about Cairo?

History repeats itself -- revolutions even more so.

David Armitage |

In Box

Lie of the Tiger

How the United States really tamed the Japanese economy -- and why China's a much meaner cat.

Clyde V. Prestowitz |

Feature

In Praise of Laziness

An investigation into 14th-century heresy explains why the French refuse to get off their derrières.

Robert Zaretsky |

In Box

The Truth Is Out There (In a Library)

Forget WikiLeaks or Google. The state secrets that matter are waiting to be found in dusty file cabinets.

David E. Hoffman |

Feature

Wally's World

Thirty-five years ago this week, Wallace Broecker predicted decades of dangerous climate change caused by humans. Unfortunately, he was all too prescient.

Brad Johnson |

Dispatch

Why the Irish Support Palestine

Once upon a time, Ireland was a huge supporter of Jewish aspirations in the Promised Land. What happened?

Rory Miller |

In Box

The People's Capsule

How a clunky old Soviet rocket outlasted the space shuttle.

Charles Homans |

Feature

Zoopolitics

How caged animals became a tool of statecraft.

Charles Homans |

Feature

Four Minutes to Armageddon

Richard Nixon, Barack Obama, and the nuclear alert.

David E. Hoffman |

Feature

The Little Nukes That Got Away

What Obama's new weapons treaty left out.

David E. Hoffman |

In Box

The Good Ayatollah

Why my former cellmate's legacy will live on.

Abbas Milani |

In Box

No Heads Are Better Than Two

Russia's double-headed eagle is not just a national emblem. It's a symbol of the national schizophrenia.

Nina L. Khrushcheva |

In Box

Take Me Back to Constantinople

How Byzantium, not Rome, can help preserve Pax Americana.

Edward Luttwak |

In Box

A Diplomatic Mystery

Former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley delves into a misunderstanding over NATO expansion that brought decades of grief.

Bill Bradley |

In Box

Barack von Metternich

Obama's foreign policy makes him the surprising heir to a certain Austrian prince.

Gustavo de las Casas |