History

Argument

JFK’s Greatest Legacy

America has spent 50 years asking, "What if?"

Michael Cohen |

Argument

No More Easy Wars

America is resurrecting the same strategy that failed in Iraq -- and ground troops will pay the price.

Scott Gerber |

Jeffrey Lewis

Vive la Freeze!

Why the French are better at diplomacy than we are.

Jeffrey Lewis |

Dispatch

Now the Social Revolution Can Begin

The end of Nepal's bloody civil war was supposed to bring freedom to the downtrodden. But democracy actually makes some things more complicated.

Eric Randolph |

Christian Caryl

Does the World Need a Vatican Spring?

Pope Francis wants to reform the church. But does that mean giving believers a vote?

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Why the Carrot Isn't Working, Either

The Chinese government thinks it can thwart unrest among ethnic minorities by raising their incomes. But prosperity doesn't buy loyalty.

Scott Radnitz |

Argument

The End of India's Sovereignty Hawks?

It’s time for the world’s largest democracy to start promoting human rights.

Sumit Ganguly |

Argument

What Lies Beneath

Nazi art, Bosnian graves, and Syria's dark secrets.

John Norris |

Rebuttal

Keeping the Blinders Off History

Yad Vashem is not biased against Tunisian Arabs that saved Jews' lives during the Holocaust.

Irena Steinfeldt |

Argument

In Pakistan, Slow and Steady Just Might Win the Race

Yes, terrorism is a problem. But Pakistan is making remarkable headway in its transition to democracy.

Sheila Fruman |

Argument

The Unconstant Gardener

How President Obama could have kept friends as friends and nipped the NSA fallout in the bud.

Daniel Drezner |

Case Studies

The Changemakers

How reformers made the Bangladeshi civil service more responsive to people's needs.

Rushda Majeed |

Slide Show

The Town with No Tomorrow

Snapshots of life in a Siberian town that's lost its livelihood.

Prachi Vidwans |

The List

Martin Luther and the Viral Superstars

5 pioneers of social media, from before social media was an annoying buzzword.

Tom Standage |

Christian Caryl

Eulogy for a Quiet Revolutionary

What today’s activists can learn from the life and times of the heroic Polish politician who passed away earlier this week.

Christian Caryl |

Putinology

Not Exactly the Land of Smiles

As they gear up for the 2014 Winter Olympics, young Russians find themselves exercising some little-used facial muscles.

Anna Nemtsova |

Argument

The Dissident's Toolkit

Want to topple an autocrat? Street demonstrations are just one tool among many.

Erica Chenoweth |

Argument

Yad Vashem's Arab Blinders

Why won't Israel's Holocaust memorial recognize the righteous Arabs that saved Jews from the Nazis?

Robert Satloff |

Argument

Rogue State

Think Israel wouldn't strike Iran's nukes in defiance of America's wishes? Think again.

Uri Sadot |

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 |

Feature

What Can You Buy for $24 Billion?

Here's what the U.S. government shutdown cost.

J. Dana Stuster |

EXCERPT

The Confidence Trap

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

David Runciman |

Argument

The Fire Next Time

Why another debt crisis would be a national security disaster.

Robert D. Hormats |

Christian Caryl

Peer Pressure

The British Commonwealth is stirring up unaccustomed controversy -- and that's a good thing.

Christian Caryl |

Case Studies

Redrawing the Map for Democracy

How South Africa's post-apartheid government tried to do away with the territorial legacy of racial segregation.

Rachel Jackson |

Christian Caryl

What My Daughter Deserves

The United Nations wants us to make life better for girls. It's a worthy aim. But what does that mean in practice?

Christian Caryl |

Argument

It's Time to Abandon 'Munich'

After 75 years, foreign policy's uber-analogy needs to go.

Tom Shachtman |

Report

When Rouhani Met Ollie North

… and strung the White House along to get more weapons.

Shane Harris |

Investigation

Secret Cold War Documents Reveal NSA Spied on Senators

...along with Muhammad Ali, Martin Luther King, and a Washington Post humorist.

Matthew M. Aid |

Rebuttal

Keep Cutting Nukes

Four reasons why presidents have pushed for nuclear cuts for decades -- and why there's no reason to stop now.

Tom Z. Collina |