Yes, institutions are important. But institutions that actually work are even better.
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How the new pope has blessed the long suffering soccer fans of Argentina’s Club Atlético San Lorenzo.
How to reform the Pentagon for "light footprint" interventions.
A TV thriller taps into Israel's collective subconscious.
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.
The Soviet dictator died six decades ago. But Russians have yet to say farewell.
Land is more than real estate. In many parts of the world, it’s the key to survival, belonging, and identity.
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.
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.
In Putin's Russia, it's the spies that are handing out the awards for the year's best movies.
Forget about the “war on terror.” The next few decades will be dominated by the bitter divide within Islam itself.
How Delacroix's famous painting explains the troubled North African revolution.
Scotland’s decaying capital city shows why this country is not ready for independence.
And four other tips for Barack Obama’s first presidential visit to Israel.
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?
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.