Culture

Putinology

Patriotism and the Olympics

Why taking the wrong stand on the Olympics can get you accused of being a traitor to the nation.

Anna Nemtsova |

Christian Caryl

The Young and the Restless

Yes, young people are often a force for political change. But what kind, exactly?

Christian Caryl |

Report

Big Brother's Burmese Comeback

Why the country George Orwell once skewered is finally embracing its non-native son.

Catherine A. Traywick |

The List

Do Not Despair, Ye Flaccid, Loveless Hordes

Fleshy oysters and severed phalluses: The best sexual stimulants from around the world.

Catherine A. Traywick |

Argument

Eyes on the Prize

The Arab world's most prestigious literary award is thriving; whether anyone's actually reading the shortlisted books is another matter.

M. Lynx Qualey |

Putinology

The Sochi That We've Lost

Most visitors to the Winter Olympics will only see the giant stadiums and overpriced hotels. But some Russians are mourning the lost paradise of childhood.

Anna Nemtsova |

Tea Leaf Nation

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

China's Lunar New Year used to be special -- until people there got richer and more connected.

Yuan Ren |

COLUMN

There's Something Rotten in Hogsmeade

Snowden-esque scandals at the Ministry of Magic (and Ron and Hermione got a divorce).

Daniel W. Drezner |

COLUMN

King Kendrick and the Ivory Tower

What hip-hop can teach academia. Seriously.

Marc Lynch |

Argument

No Exit

Ukraine's government started the crisis. The opposition needs a strategy for ending it.

Gavin Weise |

In Box

The Longitude of Latitude

Could rising temperatures hurt democracy?

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |

COLUMN

Altitude Sickness

Why does Davos so often get the world's big questions wrong?

Daniel W. Drezner |

Tea Leaf Nation

The Big Bang Theory in Little China

There's a demographic reason why fictitious nerds from CalTech have charmed millions of Chinese viewers.

Liz Carter |

The List

FP’s Favorite Reads of 2013

Great books from the past year as selected by the FP staff.

FP Staff |

COLUMN

The Middle East Channel’s Best of 2013

The essential books, articles, posts -- and hip hop performances -- of the year.

Marc Lynch |

The List

Last-Minute Gifts for Wonks

FP's shopping guide for would-be statesmen & Snowdens.

FP Staff |

Argument

Burma's Senseless Census

Burma's census disregards the complex ethnic identities of its people. Could this breathe new life into sectarian conflict?

Elliott Prasse-Freeman |

Profile

The Police Are Dogs

No one else manages to rile Tunisia's post-revolutionary government quite like rapper Klay BBJ.

Fadil Aliriza |

Argument

Stolen History

Why should we care about saving Syria's antiquities?

Mark Vlasic |

Dispatch

The Fight for the Maidan

How long can Ukraine's protesters hold out against Yanukovych's thugs?

Askold Krushelnycky |

Feature

The Design and Fall of Civilizations

The technology uncovering humanity's past -- and perhaps its future.

Douglas Preston |

Photo Essay

The Real Sochi

What you won't see on TV when you tune into Russia's Winter Olympics.

Rob Hornstra |

In Box

Augustine's World

What Late Antiquity says about the 21st century and the Syrian crisis.

Robert D. Kaplan |

Tea Leaf Nation

Vanity Fail

Look past their funky threads and outlandish hairdos. China's alienated young migrants are here to stay. 

Rachel Lu |

Lab Report

The Grassroots Are Growing

Despite Ukraine's countless problems, its civil society is proving remarkably vibrant. The third in our series of Lab Reports on Ukraine.

Nadia Diuk |

The List

The World’s Most Jaw-Dropping Reality TV Shows

Live sex, human Tetris, baby giveaways, and more.

Catherine A. Traywick |

Argument

Rebels, Inc.

For Syria's armed opposition, business has become the key to survival. Unfortunately, that doesn't always mean fighting Assad.

Malik Al-Abdeh |

Feature

Longform's Picks of the Week

The best stories from around the world.

Katelyn Fossett |

Tea Leaf Nation

That Time a Buddhist Nun Walked into Beijing's Futuristic Sex Shop

The market for Chinese adult toys is coming out of the shadows.

Sue-Lin Wong |