Culture

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 |

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 |