Flowers and photographs lay at a democracy statue in Hong Kong.

Nathan Law’s Lesson for Democracies

The exiled Hong Kong activist makes a case for fighting global authoritarianism in a new book.

A demonstration takes place in which crowds of supporters of then-Guatemalan President Carlos Castillo Armas’s anti-communist government paraded in Guatemala City’s central square.

The Harsh Price of U.S. Profit in Latin America

Mario Vargas Llosa’s novel “Harsh Times” is an acid denunciation of corporate interests’ role in establishing U.S. power.

A young South Sudanese soldier stands guard during a military parade at the John Garang Mausoleum in Juba.

The Lost Boys Weren’t Lost. They Were Stolen.

A new book details how South Sudan’s founders forcibly conscripted tens of thousands of children.

A preservationist cleans around a painting of the Founding Fathers at the U.S. Capitol.

Party Animals

New books assessing democracy suggest how to fix things—but it’s complicated.

Robert Fisk and Lara Marlowe in a burning Kuwait oil field in 1991.

Love in a Time of War

Lara Marlowe chronicles an impossible romance against the backdrop of war and journalism.

The cross for Christianity, the Star of David for Judaism and the crescent moon for Islam

The Two-State Solution Is Dead—and Liberal Zionists Can’t Save It

The book “Haifa Republic” is a noble effort to salvage a worldview that no longer has anything to offer.

Pierre Nora, Michel Foucault, Jean Daniel, and Alain Finkielkraut

How Leftist Theory Stopped Making Sense

Progressive thinkers tried to explain ever more of the world—and found themselves explaining nothing at all.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence in “Don't Look Up”

‘Don’t Look Up’ Peddles Climate Catastrophism as a Morality Tale

Adam McKay’s allegory of climate change revels in a misguided understanding of science.

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.

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