- Dec 12 20165 minutes
Global Conflicts To Watch In 2017
The greatest unknown for U.S. interests in the world might be the United States itself.
- Oct 24 20162 minutes
The Iran Paradox
Roughly 2,500 years ago, the first great Persian Empire, led by Cyrus the Great, was founded. Over the next several centuries, it grew to dominate a significant portion of the world’s extant population and stretched from western India to the Mediterr
- Dec 8 20163 minutes
Putin And Assad Are About To Achieve Their Biggest Victory In Syria
“All the world has failed us,” a resident of the Syrian city of Aleppo told the BBC this week, via a WhatsApp audio message. “The city is dying. Rapidly by bombardment, and slowly by hunger and fear of the advance of the Assad regime.”In recent weeks
- Nov 21 20161 minute
Their Divorce Battle Heats Up
SINCE ANGELINA JOLIE FILED FOR DIVORCE on Sept. 19 and requested sole physical custody of the couple’s six children, Brad Pitt’s interactions with their kids have been limited. Locked in divorce negotiations with Jolie, Pitt, 52, has only been able t
- Jan 2 20173 minutes
With Aleppo’s Fall, Syria’s Civil War Reaches A Grim Turning Point
WHEN SYRIANS POURED INTO THE streets in March 2011 to demand an end to President Bashar Assad’s repressive regime, in the country’s largest city, the first protests were small. It was not until 2012, after peaceful demonstrations had turned to armed
- Sep 26 20161 minute
E.B. In Denial, out Sept. 30, the actor, 46, plays historian Deborah Lipstadt, who was sued for libel in 1996 for calling author David Irving a Holocaust denier; in the British legal system, the burden fell on her defense team to essentially prove t
- Nov 28 20161 minute
Trump’s Too-Tidy Plan To Defeat Islamic State
His in-and-out military solution will not be quick, and may leave the area in greater chaos
- Jan 10 20174 minutes
What The World Might Look Like In 5 Years, According To U.S. Intelligence
Even America's own government analysts see the American Era drawing to a close.
- Oct 10 20167 minutes
The Killing Season Inside Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s War on Drugs
AROUND 11 P.M. ON JULY 25, RESTITUTO Castro received an anonymous text message asking him to leave his house in northern Manila and go to the corner of the MacArthur Highway. Just hours earlier, the new Philippine President, 71-year-old Rodrigo Duter
- Dec 12 20164 minutes
Why Trump’s Republican Party Is Embracing Russia
Ideological and civilizational conservatives united in opposition to the Soviet Union, but divide on whether Putin’s Russia is a totalitarian enemy, or a defender of the Christian west.
- Jan 5 20178 minutes
Donald Trump’s Asymmetric War On The Establishment
There may come a day when we look back at the intense, instantaneous interest that Donald Trump’s tweets once produced and we chuckle, noting how President Trump’s Twitter postings, now shorn of their novelty, generate roughly as much attention as a
- Dec 30 20165 minutes
What Would Change Your Mind About President Trump?
An exercise for his supporters and critics
- Dec 13 20167 minutes
Aleppo Is Falling
How Assad and Russia achieved a major victory at a devastating cost
- Jan 9 20177 minutes
All Of Human Knowledge Buried In A Salt Mine
Fearful of digital decay, a ceramicist wants to return data storage to a more lasting medium: clay.
- Oct 3 20162 minutes
Don’t Pardon Edward Snowden
He performed a service by revealing NSA methods but should still face a jury
- Jan 2 20173 minutes
Isis Ends Its Separate Peace With Turkey
The group claims the Reina nightclub massacre—making its war of terror official.
- Oct 24 20163 minutes
Where the Next Crisis Will Come From
Keep an eye on depressed lenders, shadow banks, and China
- Jan 2 20171 minute
Crisis In Aleppo
Four years of civil war—and unimaginable devastation—leaves a Syrian city in ruins and thousands of innocent people in desperate need of help and support
- Oct 31 20162 minutes
How to Stay Friends With the Philippines
The U.S. must keep cool amid outbursts by the hotheaded president of its longtime ally
- Oct 1 20163 minutes
The Right Way to Interrupt Someone at Work
The art and science of successful interruptions.
- Oct 21 20169 minutes
The New Isis Crisis
The so-called caliphate may be losing ground in Iraq and Syria, but hardcore jihadis will keep fighting—there and in the West.
- Oct 1 201617 minutes
Every Move You Make
Over eight years, U.S. president Barack Obama has created the most intrusive surveillance apparatus in the world. To what end?
- Dec 12 20167 minutes
Globalization Doesn't Make As Much Sense As It Used To
Since its founding, America has swung from protectionism to free trade. What’s next?
- Dec 5 20161 minute
Remembering Pearl Harbor
Donald Stratton miraculously survived the surprise attack that left 2,400 dead. Now he wants to make sure others never forget what happened on that day
- Jun 27 20161 minute
American Slaves Emancipated Themselves
TO MANY AMERICANS, THE END OF SLAVERY is synonymous with Abraham Lincoln, who signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. But that’s hardly the whole story. And it discounts the agency of thousands of slaves who voted with their feet for freedom.
- Oct 10 201611 minutes
Out-Ubering Uber How Cheng Wei, Founder of China’s Didi, Drove the Americans off the Road in China
At the BEIJING offices of the ride-hailing startup Didi, many employees refer to Cheng Wei, the founder and chief executive officer, as laoda, or “big boss.” Others use his English nickname, Will. This summer the world came to know him by another des
- Oct 24 20162 minutes
U.S.-Russia Tensions Reach Dangerous New Level
EVERY DAY AMERICAN PILOTS fly scores of sorties against terrorist targets in Syria. And on every mission, the pilots watch their instruments for signs that one of the Syrian government’s thousands of surface-to-air missiles, including Russian batteri
- Nov 7 201610 minutes
Iraq Takes On ISIS
The battle for Mosul begins—and fractured Iraqi forces will have to pay for every inch
- Oct 3 20162 minutes
What a Terrorist Acting Alone Says About the Loyalty of U.S. Muslims
A WEEKEND THAT BEGAN WITH THREE bombs in New York and New Jersey, plus a knife attack at a Minnesota mall, ended with a far more encouraging sight on Monday morning: the burly figure of Ahmad Khan Rahami, huddling against the elements in the entrance
- Dec 12 20163 minutes
Banks? Not My Problem Now!
After a defeat, Italy’s Matteo Renzi will leave the quandary of ailing lenders unsolved | It’s “a huge drag on growth, but it won’t solve itself spontaneously”