Culture

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 |

Argument

Turkey's Weakest Export

Turkey says it wants to be a model for democracy in the Middle East. But so far its actions lag behind its achievements.

Gamze Coşkun |

Argument

Thanksgiving is Un-American

Seriously. What you need to know about the international origins of the most American of holidays.

Frank Jacobs |

Argument

Mongol Hordes Take Manhattan

Before there was Red Dawn, there was Red Napoleon.

J.M. Berger |

The List

The Making of a Cultural Icon

How Malala became an international hero.

Lois Farrow Parshley |

Dispatch

Men in Black

Inside the fashion of Chinese politics.

Nels Frye |

Argument

Shaken, Not Stirred by CIA 'Values'

Why do the CIA director's peccadilloes rile us more than his policies?

David Rothkopf |

Argument

Prosperity Isn't Just a Matter of Wealth

Man does not live by GDP alone. An introduction to the Legatum Institute's latest Prosperity Index.

Peter Passell |

Slide Show

The Not-So-Funny Papers

Exclusive cartoons from the Afghan mujahideen.

Matthew Trevithick |

Slide Show

The Changing Face of Mecca

Artist Ahmed Mater returns to Islam's holiest site to capture the enormous changes as modernity meets tradition.

Ahmed Mater via Creative Time Reports |

Dispatch

UnBonJuif

The return of French anti-Semitism is a lot scarier than just a few nasty tweets.

Eric Pape |

Profile

The Man Who Brought the Black Flag to Timbuktu

A new Islamist strongman has taken the stage in North Africa. His rising power is giving him a lot of bad ideas.

William Lloyd-George |

Argument

Why a Constitution Is a Bad Place for a Blasphemy Law

A constitutional ban on blasphemy might sound like a good idea to some. But it can mean less freedom for everyone.

Katrina Lantos Swett |

Christian Caryl

The Big Bang Theory of Education

Authoritarian countries don't seem to be doing well at the knowledge business. That's probably no accident.

Christian Caryl |