Culture

Argument

Beware of the Middle East's Fake Feminists

Middle Eastern dictators love to use their "enlightened" treatment of women to justify their rule. They shouldn't get away with it.

Samia Errazzouki |

Feature

China's Ridiculous War on Starbucks Lattes

Runaway real estate prices. Skyrocketing healthcare expenses. Brazen land seizures. And China's state TV does an exposé on the cost of a cup of coffee?

Rachel Lu |

Dispatch

Rising Up and Rising Down

In Syria's little town that could, the death and resurrection of the witty, profane campaign to show the world the tragedy of civil war.

Amal Hanano |

Argument

Georgia's Surprising New Normal

For the first time in recent memory, Georgia's presidential race isn't about the big names.

Michael Cecire |

EXCERPT

The Confidence Trap

It's not just the United States. Democracies around the world are facing a crisis of faith.

David Runciman |

Tea Leaf Nation

Meet China's Beverly Hillbillies

The absurdity of the Middle Kingdom's Bentley-driving, blinged-out nouveau riche.

Rachel Lu |

Feature

Bush League

How baseball fell apart in the land that gave us Mariano Rivera and Rod Carew.

Eric Soussanin |

Putinology

A Pussy Riot Letter from Prison

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, the punk band’s most famous member, jolts her compatriots with a description of her life in a Russian penal colony.

Anna Nemtsova |

Argument

Africa's Phoenix

Don't let al-Shabab fool you: Somalia is making progress. But the West needs to change its approach.

Armin Rosen |

Dispatch

Mali 2.0

The French military intervention and a successful election have given Mali a chance to reboot its democracy. But it's going to be an uphill climb.

Peter Tinti |

Putinology

Obama Is No Longer a Friend

Why Russia's dissidents have soured on the U.S. president.

Anna Nemtsova |

Christian Caryl

Just Show It

The U.S. media continue to tiptoe around the horrors of war. It's time to put more violence on TV.

Christian Caryl |

Feature

Straight Up

How Johnnie Walker conquered the world.

Afshin Molavi |

Feature

The Snaxis of Evil

A journey with food writer Mark Bittman into the bellies of America's enemies.

Justin Rohrlich |

David Rothkopf

And Now for Some Good News…

This might be the golden age of vice, but people are getting richer, freer, and more connected every day. 

David Rothkopf |

In Box

Moms vs. Markets

Why home cooking can lead to weaker economic performance -- and more dysfunctional politics to boot.

Joshua E. Keating |

In Other Words

Muse of the Revolution

A Syrian-American writer finds her voice, with help from Libya's most famous novelist.

Amal Hanano |

Letters

The United States of Tacos

It's Americans, not Mexicans, who are responsible for the rise of margaritas and moles north of the border.

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |

Letters

Getting to Equal

How Norway is doing the hard work of achieving gender equality.

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |

Lab Report

Libya's Unarmed Revolutionaries

Civil society groups face an uphill battle in a society dominated by militias.

Fadil Aliriza |

By Other Means

Women Are from Mars Too

Why more female leaders won't mean less war.

Rosa Brooks |

Micah Zenko

Walking Loudly and Carrying a Big Stick

Why women are less inclined to start wars.

Micah Zenko |

Argument

Away Game

Female soccer players are rewriting the rules for women's sports in the Middle East.

Chris Stephen |

Marc Lynch

Performance Enhancing Debate

How the Ryan Braun scandal explains Egyptian Revolution punditry.

Marc Lynch |

By Other Means

Uncle Sam Wants Who?

The real reasons people join the military.

Rosa Brooks |

Argument

More Catholic than the Pope

Is Francis too radical for his flock?

Michael D’Antonio |

BOOK CLUB

A Frank Debate about Identity and Islam

A young Sudanese author explores his fraught relationship to religion.

Dalia Haj-Omar |

By Other Means

Heroes, Villains, and Victims

Three myths about the military.

Rosa Brooks |

Dispatch

It's a … Boy, Is This Insufferable

Why there's absolutely no reason you should care about the royal baby, unless you're British. And even then, probably not.

Alex Massie |

Rational Security

History of the World, Part Z

What the undead can teach us about the fall of Rome -- and cyberwar.

John Arquilla |