Borders

Argument

The Unsettled Question

Does anyone have the slightest idea how many Jews are in the West Bank?

Elliott Abrams |

Argument

The Middle East Plague Goes Global

A scary virus is sweeping Saudi Arabia. Six million religious pilgrims are about to descend on the country from across the world. The result could be disastrous.

Laurie Garrett |

David Rothkopf

Leaning Away

Maybe the real failed states are the ones that have the means to help other nations -- but choose to retreat inward.

David Rothkopf |

Dispatch

The Syrian Supply Chain

Can Turkey arm Syria’s rebels without reaping Assad's blowback?

Justin Vela |

Dispatch

How Do You Say 'Quagmire' in Farsi?

Why Syria could turn out to be Iran's Vietnam -- not America's.

Thanassis Cambanis |

Argument

The Great Sino-Indian Alpine Tent Party of 2013

China's latest border squabble with India might seem trivial, but the consequences could set Asia on edge.

Dhruva Jaishankar |

Argument

Send the Nukes Back to South Korea

At the stroke of a pen, President Obama could reassure a key ally and put Pyongyang back in its box. Here’s how.

Bennett Ramberg |

Slide Show

Standoff at 15,000 Feet

Photos of the world's highest border dispute.

Slide Show |

Slide Show

The Void Next Door

Exclusive photos of the bizarre and barren border between North Korea and its longtime ally.

Tomas van Houtryve |

Slide Show

No Man's Land

Exclusive photos from the 38th parallel.

Tomas Van Houtryve |

Reality Check

Israel's Demographic Destiny

Israel can be Jewish, democratic, or a state in control of the Palestinian territories. Choose two.

Aaron David Miller |

Dispatch

Give Me Shelter

Syrians brave bombs and bullets to deliver aid to their war-torn country.

Justin Vela |

Argument

The New Westphalian Web

The future of the Internet may lie in the past. And that's not a good thing.

Katherine Maher |

Argument

Handle with Care

Japan is Washington's most important Asian ally. But in some ways it's also the trickiest.

Christian Caryl |

Feature

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 |

Think Again

Think Again: Immigration

After Republicans' election-year drubbing, the United States has an historic opportunity to fix its broken immigration system. And the arguments against reform simply don't hold up anymore.

Shannon O’Neil |

Argument

Has China Lost Myanmar?

As Myanmar’s messy democracy turns to the West, Beijing debates stirring up ethnic tensions to rile the government and maintain its leverage.

Yun Sun |

Dispatch

Syrian Purgatory

As winter clutches northern Syria, thousands displaced by the civil war take cold comfort in a temporary tent city.

Steven Sotloff |

Special Report

Edge of the World

For one journalist embarking on a seven-year journey to retrace the footsteps of early humans, the biggest obstacles are man-made.

Paul Salopek |

Special Report

Stowaway

A reporter travels the treacherous Pakistan-Afghanistan border by truck.

Matthieu Aikins |

Dispatch

The Settlement That Broke the Two-State Solution

Ma'aleh Adumim symbolizes why Middle East peace may no longer be possible.

Larry Derfner |

Dispatch

Yemen's Rocky Roadmap

Yemenis hope that a planned National Dialogue will save the revolution. But what abut the guys with the guns? 

Adam Baron |

Argument

The 7 Deadly Sins of Congo's Peace Process

Congo is an object lesson in how not to resolve conflicts. It's time we changed that.

John Prendergast |

Photo Essay

A Yemen Built for Two?

In their quest to unify the country after the Arab Spring, Yemen's new leaders are confronting a major obstacle: calls for secession.

Luke Somers |

Dispatch

The New Border: Illegal Immigration’s Shifting Frontier

As the net flow of immigrants from Mexico nears zero, violent and impoverished Central American countries have emerged as the fastest-rising source of illegal immigrants to the U.S.

Sebastian Rotella |

Christian Caryl

The Corruption Pandemic

Why corruption is set to become one of the defining political issues of the 21st century.

Christian Caryl |

The List

How Ancient Plankton Elected Obama

And other crazy tales from the world's electoral maps.

Frank Jacobs |

Christian Caryl

The Problem with Patriotism

The dispute over islands in the East China Sea is stirring up nationalist passions in the region. That doesn't bode well for the future of democracy.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

It's Time to Act in Syria

Yes, it's true: Military involvement in Syria has its risks. But the costs of non-intervention are growing by the day.

Mark N. Katz |

The List

5 Flashpoints in the South China Sea

Things are heating up in the Greater Pacific. Here are five key spots to watch.

Elias Groll |