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African infantrymen of the French Army in 1915

In the Trenches With the Colonizer

The French Senegalese writer David Diop revises the modernist archetype with a protagonist long excluded from World War I literature: the African soldier on the front lines.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and then-U.S. President Barack Obama

In Memoir, Obama Calls Putin a ‘Ward Boss, Except With Nukes’

The former U.S. president frankly assesses foreign leaders he met—and many fail to earn his esteem.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi looks at sculptures of the terra-cotta army in China’s Shaanxi province on May 14, 2015.

What Is India’s Foreign-Policy Vision?

S. Jaishankar’s “The India Way” is a rare book by a sitting foreign minister.

A masked tourist looks out over New York City from the Edge sky deck  as it reopens to the public amid the coronavirus pandemic on Sept. 2.

Moving Beyond a Post-Pandemic World

In a new book, Fareed Zakaria draws some hard but unavoidable conclusions about dealing with future viruses.

John F. Kennedy feeds the pigeons at the Piazza San Marco in Venice circa 1937.

The 4 False Deathbeds of John F. Kennedy

The 35th president grew up wealthy, privileged, callow—and extremely sensitive to the weakness of others.

Niv Sultan in Tehran.

Israeli TV Spy Thriller ‘Tehran’ Flouts Stereotypes About Iran

Apple TV+ premieres series by the director of “Homeland” that captivated Israelis this summer.

Indian author Pankaj Mishra in 2006.

You Can Only See Liberalism From the Bottom

Why Pankaj Mishra sees the ideology’s limits more clearly than its most powerful fans.

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Feeling Like an Outcast

The bestselling book “Caste” brilliantly frames racial hierarchies in the United States but largely ignores the horrors of India’s caste structure.

A promotional photo from the Turkish TV show Dirilis: Ertugrul.

How Turkey’s Soft Power Conquered Pakistan

The TV drama “Ertugrul” reveals how neo-Ottoman fantasies are finding an enthusiastic audience in a country that struggles with Saudi and Western influence.

Protesters march on the street chanting and carrying anti-China slogans on Nov. 20, 2018 in Makati, Philippines.

Southeast Asia is Ground Zero in the New U.S.-China Conflict—and Beijing Is Winning

‘Under Beijing’s Shadow’ lays out in compelling detail how China is working to dominate the region.

Imogen Kogge as Angela Merkel in Die Getriebenen. Volker Roloff/​carte blanche/​rbb

The Refugee Crisis Is Now a German Superhero Movie

The most persuasive portrait of Angela Merkel’s decision-making five years ago is featured in a new television film.

US President Donald Trump (R) walks with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un during a break in talks at the second US-North Korea summit at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi on Feb 28, 2019.

Strategic Lunacy Doesn’t Play in Reality

“The Madman Theory” hands Trump a foreign-policy report card.

Anne Applebaum in Udine, Italy, on Jan. 26, 2019.

The Tragic Romance of the Nostalgic Western Liberal

Anne Applebaum wants to understand rising illiberalism but is clinging to a Cold War moral framework that no longer applies.

Sri Lanka migrants bound for Australia remain on their boat despite it being washed ashore.

For Sri Lankan Refugees, a Free and Fair Australia Is a Myth

A murder mystery is an indictment of Australia’s draconian immigration policy that has left many legitimate asylum-seekers detained, deported, or dead.

A Chinese bank employee counts new 50-yuan notes with a money counting machine at a bank counter in Hangzhou in China's eastern Zhejiang province on August 30, 2019.

When the Numbers Don’t Add Up in China

A historian explores how Beijing has tackled its statistical woes over the years.

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