Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at the United Nations.

Profiling Modi’s India

A recent book shows how threats to democracy were apparent from the prime minister’s earliest beginnings.


5 Games That Explain The World

From the Islamic Revolution in Tehran to fuzzy animals playing counterinsurgents, these board and video games are inspired by foreign relations.

Retired Sgt. Tom Swann wears a "lift the ban" armband to protest the "don't ask, don't tell" policy against gays in the military in Washington.

Fighting ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Paved the Way for Gay Rights

A new book chronicles the arduous struggle for LGBTQ equality in the U.S. military.

Bernard-Henri Lévy speaks to the United Nations General Assembly.

Bernard-Henri Lévy’s Journey From Barricades to War Zones

In “The Will to See,” France’s great proponent of humanitarian interventionism chronicles the world’s forgotten wars.

Workers pack rubber into a truck on the Firestone campus in Harbel, Liberia, on Nov. 4, 2019.

When the Rubber Hits the Road

A new book on Firestone Liberia highlights the stark choices faced by countries where capital is in short supply.

Military police gather at an early morning murder, one of numerous murders over a 24 hour period, on March 26, 2010 in Juarez, Mexico.

Why Mexico’s Drug Trade Is So Violent

A new book clears away the many cliches that have come to shroud the transnational business in illegal drugs.

Two police officers in vests and helmets hold weapons in front of a residential building.

Jihadi Networks Are More Resilient Than We Think

The world may be distracted by other threats, but jihadis aren’t going away anytime soon.

National Economic Council director Gary Cohn helps hand out signing pens.

Don’t Blame America’s Wealthy. Blame the Game.

A Trump administration tax law was supposed to spur investment in disadvantaged communities. It didn’t work that way.

Supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad wave a Syrian flag.

The Spy Who Could Have Saved Syria

An espionage thriller presents an alternative to former U.S. President Barack Obama’s failed policy toward the Assad regime.

Activists attend a rally for the protection of Asian communities at McPherson Square in Washington, D.C., on March 21.

‘The Loneliest Americans’ Asks What Being Asian American Really Means

Jay Caspian Kang turns a sharp eye on conventional narratives of identity.

Then-Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (left) and then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden

Cleaning Up the Mess of Post-Trump China Strategy

A new book points to how best to handle alienated allies in a growing struggle.

Young environmental activists hold protest signs up in front of comedians dressed as Australian Labor leader Bill Shorten and Prime Minister Scott Morrison in Canberra, Australia, on May 5, 2019.

The Australian Climate Change Paradox, Unpacked

Australia is uniquely vulnerable in a warming world. So why have successive governments refused to act?

Boris Johnson waves after speaking to conference on the third day of the Conservative party conference on October 6, 2015 in Manchester, England.

Will Britain’s Conservatives Be in Power Permanently?

A new book argues that Boris Johnson’s government is already losing its grip. Here’s why that’s wishful thinking.

A firefighter sprays water on a propane tank as a home burns due to the Dixie fire in Plumas County, California, on July 24.

Humanity’s Unhappy Experiment

Understanding how the climate crisis unfolded can help us reverse course.

Masked armed guards keep watch over contestants during one of the show's deadly playground games.

‘Squid Game’ Hides a Hopeful Message Within a Dystopian Nightmare

Netflix’s new Korean horror drama suggests there’s more to life than the brutal realities of neoliberal capitalism.

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