Culture

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 |

Dispatch

Love Is a Battlefield

Are the Taliban using sex to fight America?

Mujib Mashal |

Argument

Tehranimal Farm

How George Orwell explains Iran.

Roland Elliott Brown |

Feature

Marching Through the Monarchies

Two years after the Arab Spring awoke demons and democracy in the Middle East, I went to see whether changes had roiled the lands of royals.

Emma Sky |

Dispatch

Live, from Beirut...

Watching TV with Hezbollah.

Mitchell Prothero |

Argument

Not Just Another Movie

Zero Dark Thirty lies. End of story.

Amy Zegart |

Dispatch

France vs. Lance

The French aren't surprised by the fall of America's cycling hero. They knew he was cheating all along.

Eric Pape |

Dispatch

Party in the KSA

Behind high walls, the kingdom's restrictive Islamic laws don't apply.

Ahmed Al Omran |

Argument

Through a Glass Darkly

The bin Laden film has something for everyone -- but not what we need most.

David Cole |

The List

The Nudgy State

How five governments are using behavioral economics to encourage citizens to do the right thing.

Joshua E. Keating |

The Optimist

The Convergence of Civilizations

The oft-predicted "clash of civilizations" has not materialized. If anything, values are converging across cultures.

Charles Kenny |

Letters

Why Work?

Will working less really make America more productive? 

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |

Feature

The Global Linguistic Revolution

The world's fastest growing language is no language at all.

Robert McCrum |

Rational Security

Can There Be War Without Hate?

Surprisingly humane moments in combat -- and why they matter.

John Arquilla |

Argument

In Defense of Civil Society

Civil society does exist in authoritarian countries.

Kerry Cosby |

Christian Caryl

Nothing Is Written

The triumph of democracy isn't inevitable. It has to be fought for.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Spoiler Alert

I know counterterrorism and the CIA -- and almost everything in Homeland is ridiculous. But I'm still watching.

Bruce Hoffman |

Argument

Newtown and the Doomsday Preppers

Could survivalism really have played a role in Friday's massacre?

J.M. Berger |

Slide Show

The Dark Side of Oscar Niemeyer

Brazil's most celebrated architect leaves behind a decidedly mixed legacy.

Slide Show |

Argument

Decline Is a Choice

The West has nothing to fear but fear itself.

Hubert Védrine |

Case Studies

The Anti-Godfather

How a mayor set out to save a Sicilian city from neglect and Mafia influence.

Laura Bacon |

Argument

The Tale of the Kidnapped Princeling

How critical can the powerful be of the truly powerful in modern China?

John Garnaut |

Slide Show

Paris on the Yangtze

A look at the Western villages and monuments that are popping up all over China.

Slide Show |

Feature

The Global Thinkers' Book Club

From psychology to biography, economics to tech, see what some of the world’s top minds are reading.

Lois Farrow Parshley |

Slide Show

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Photos from the first North American retrospective of China's most famous dissident artist, Ai Weiwei.

Slide Show |

Argument

Why Family Is a Foreign-Policy Issue

Helping women strike a work-life balance would change the world more than you might think.

Anne-Marie Slaughter |

Slide Show

The Cult

Afghanistan's national hero has started a craze on the streets of Kabul.

Slide Show |

Feature

Homeland Insecurity

The new Red Dawn movie is really just a throwback to the ‘80s ... the 1880s.

Joshua E. Keating |