Culture

Dispatch

The Outsider

Meet Sayed Kashua, Israel's most popular writer, comedian, critic -- and Arab.

Debra Kamin |

Argument

The Enabler

The only way to stop Pyongyang's cycle of brinkmanship and extortion is to address the real problem -- South Korea.

Edward Luttwak |

Argument

The Cuba Lobby

The most powerful lobby in Washington isn't the NRA. It's the Castro-hating right wing that has Obama's bureaucrats terrified and inert.

William M. LeoGrande |

Slide Show

The Void Next Door

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

Tomas van Houtryve |

Argument

Why Dictators Don’t Like Jokes

Pro-democracy activists around the world are discovering that humor is one of the most powerful weapons in the fight against authoritarianism.

Srdja Popovic |

Dispatch

The Jew in a Box

What does it say about Germany today that in order to see some Jews you’ve got to go to a museum?

Benjamin Weinthal |

Argument

Make Way for the Hybrids

Yes, institutions are important. But institutions that actually work are even better.

Matt Andrews |

Argument

March Madness

The top sports cinderella stories vs. the best from world history.

David Rothkopf |

Feature

Gay in the USSR

The forgotten history of gay cruising in Moscow.  

Nora FitzGerald |

Dispatch

China’s Michelle Obama

Peng Liyuan is the first prominent Chinese first lady in decades. But does she matter?

Paul French |

Dispatch

The Beatified Game

How the new pope has blessed the long suffering soccer fans of Argentina’s Club Atlético San Lorenzo.

Haley Cohen |

Dispatch

Hot Pants

A visit to ousted Yemeni leader Ali Abdullah Saleh’s new presidential museum.

Adam Baron |

Feature

The Geopolitics of 'Girls'

How Lena Dunham explains the world.

Daniel W. Drezner |

Slide Show

North Korean Pastoral

The Hermit Kingdom as you've never seen it.

Roger Shepherd |

Argument

Wanted: Ph.D.s Who Can Win a Bar Fight

How to reform the Pentagon for "light footprint" interventions.

Fernando M. Luján |

In Other Words

'Homeland' in the Holy Land

A TV thriller taps into Israel's collective subconscious.

Debra Kamin |

In Other Words

Insecurity Camera

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.

Joshua E. Keating |

Letters

Mind the Gap

Charles Kenny is too quick to call off the clash of civilizations.

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |

Argument

Stalin Lives

The Soviet dictator died six decades ago. But Russians have yet to say farewell.

Masha Lipman |

Christian Caryl

A Place of One's Own

Land is more than real estate. In many parts of the world, it’s the key to survival, belonging, and identity.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Rolling out the Red Carpet

Why is Hollywood kowtowing to China?

Damien Ma |

Argument

Israel's Script Turns Sour

Hollywood used to portray Israelis as heroic and brave. Today, it's films about the brutality of the occupation that make it to the silver screen.

Lisa Goldman |

Feature

Does Hollywood Have a Foreign Policy?

Tinseltown’s biggest films tend to be highly critical of American power, but also reinforce the idea that the rest of the world is a place best avoided.

Joshua E. Keating |

In Other Words

The KGB Oscars

In Putin's Russia, it's the spies that are handing out the awards for the year's best movies.

Simon Shuster |

Christian Caryl

It's Not About Us

Forget about the “war on terror.” The next few decades will be dominated by the bitter divide within Islam itself.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Marianne in Tunisia

How Delacroix's famous painting explains the troubled North African revolution.

Robert Zaretsky |

David Barno

Military Brain Drain

The Pentagon's top brass is driving away all the smart people.

David Barno |

Dispatch

Scotch This Plan

Scotland’s decaying capital city shows why this country is not ready for independence.

Richard J. Williams |

Dispatch

Gay Paris

What has taken France so long to step up to the altar of equality?

Eric Pape |

Argument

Israelis Love to Argue...

And four other tips for Barack Obama’s first presidential visit to Israel.

Natan Sachs |