Culture

COLUMN

Dis Town

The dumbing down of smart -- and Washington.

David Rothkopf |

Dispatch

Watching Gogol as the Grad Rockets Fly

One theater troupe's fight to bring fine art to the Donetsk People's Republic.

Lily Hyde |

Putinology

The Costs of Exile

Leaders in countries of the former USSR are increasingly driving their best and brightest into emigration. No one wins.

Anna Nemtsova |

Slide Show

The World This Week in Photos

Bicycling in the dark in Douma, Syria; moving Hamburg's swans to their winter home; and opening the International Toilet Festival in New Delhi.

FP Staff |

Argument

Iran's Nuclear Chill

Talking with Iran about its nuclear program might help the cause of peace. But so far the nuclear dispute has been a disaster for the human rights of Iranians.

Nazila Fathi |

Argument

A Government, Sinking

Why South Koreans can't get over the Sewol ferry disaster.

S. Nathan Park |

Slide Show

The World This Week in Photos

Protests in Mexico City; skinny-dipping in Chonqing; and chess in Kuala Lumpur.

FP Staff |

Argument

The Age of Frustration

The period before World War I was marked by inequality, terrorism, and discontent with democracy. Sound familiar?

Ward Wilson |

Slide Show

The World This Week in Photos

Shiites mark Ashura; Russian soldiers prepare for a parade; and a debutante ball in London.

FP Staff |

Argument

Why I Still Believe in the Arab Spring

Everyone talks about the "failure" of the Arab revolts that began in 2011. But the story isn't over yet.

Iyad el-Baghdadi |

Slide Show

The World This Week in Photos

U.S. Marines pack up in Afghanistan; Hungarians protest a proposed Internet tax; and a nude swimming competition in France.

FP Staff |

Argument

Why Is Bahrain Outsourcing Extremism?

The Bahraini government has been working overtime to crush pro-democracy activists. But what about followers of the Islamic State?

Ala'a Shehabi |

Dispatch

Notes From the Ursine Underworld

While wildlife activists focus on rhinos and elephants, Asia’s bears are succumbing to a poaching problem of their own.

Robert Carmichael |

Slide Show

The World This Week in Photos

A wedding portrait at Hong Kong's protests; gas masks at Indonesia's presidential inauguration; and sunlight in an Egyptian temple.

FP Staff |

Tea Leaf Nation

What China's Reading: 'Broken Dreams, USA'

Read the highlights from a now-famous essay on all that's ailing Uncle Sam.

Aimee Du (Translator) |

Slide Show

The World This Week in Photos

Protests in St. Louis; a pilgrimage in Peru; and the funeral of a Kurdish fighter.

FP Staff |

Case Studies

For the People, By the People in Indonesia

How one of Southeast Asia's most corrupt countries gave power over funding to its poorest citizens.

Rushda Majeed |

COLUMN

How Malala Can Help Defeat the Islamic State

Empowering Muslim women is the key to degrading and ultimately destroying medieval and reactionary fanaticism.

David Rothkopf |

Slide Show

The World This Week in Photos

Hong Kong's ongoing democracy protests; Eid al-Adha prayers in Indonesia; and skateboarding in Panama City.

FP Staff |

Dispatch

The Umbrella Movement Playlist

Stirring, profane, always authentic: Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests have developed a rich musical culture.

Doug Meigs |

Argument

Hong Kong Pride

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protest isn’t only about freedom. It’s also about identity.

Peter Rutland |

Lab Report

Do Brazilian Women Really Reign Supreme?

Brazil's woman-versus-woman presidential race suggests that feminism has triumphed. The reality is more complicated. The first in our series of Lab Reports on Brazil.

Anna Petherick |

Slide Show

The World This Week in Photos

Kurdish refugees cross into Turkey; global marches on climate change; and celebrating Munich's Oktoberfest.

FP Staff |

Argument

Keep It Black

Egypt's government is preparing to domesticate the country's informal economy. But not everyone is convinced that's a good idea.

Rachel Williamson |

Lab Report

Either With Us or Against Us

As Turkey's ruling party consolidates its power, the space for free expression narrows. The third in our series of Lab Reports on Turkey.

Vanessa H. Larson |

Dispatch

The Admiral's Revenge

Epic battles, evil Japanese, and the Sewol ferry sinking: Why this South Korean blockbuster is breaking every box office record.

Se-Woong Koo |

Argument

Bridging the Two Tunisias

So far Tunisia's revolution has managed to bridge the gap between secularists and Islamists. But can that precarious accord make it through election season?

Brian Klaas |

Slide Show

The World This Week in Photos

Floods in Indian Kashmir; an English debutante ball; and Gaza's students return to school.

FP Staff |

Christian Caryl

License to Kill

Never underestimate the power of rage.

Christian Caryl |